Mozambican government wants to hand over paved roads as concessions

7 August 2012

Mozambique’s Ministry for Public Works and Housing is preparing to launch the paved roads concession system in the country, said Minister Cadmiel Muthemba, speaking recently in the city of Beira.

Muthemba said that some roads had already been identified to be included in this project, which will be submitted for approval by the Council of Ministers this year.

The roads include National Road No. 1, which links the country from north to south, and the Beira/Machipanda and Vandúzi/Changara roads linking up the neighbouring cities of Chimoio and Tete, in central Mozambique.

For National Road No. 6 the minister said that negotiations were underway with an investor, which he did not name, to finance reconstruction work estimated to cost US$500 million.

This is a strategic road for Southern Africa, mainly for Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in importing and exporting goods through the port of Beira. The amount of traffic on the road, of over 3,000 vehicles per day, has led to its poor state of repair.

This road is currently undergoing repairs on a critical section of 135 kilometres between Beira and Inchope carried out by Portuguese construction company M. Couto Alves (MCA), a project expected to cost 135 million meticals (US$4.85 million). (macauhub)