Mozambican government seeks funding to build port in Gaza province

5 September 2012

Mozambique’s Ministry for Transport and Communications is seeking funding for construction of a rail and port system in Gaza province capable of processing 150 million tons of cargo per year, Minister Paulo Zucula said Monday.

According to daily newspaper Notícias, the minister, who was speaking at the opening of the 30th Coordinating Council in Chidenguele, Gaza province, said that the project should be a public-private partnership (PPP).

The minister also noted that, as Mozambique was about to take on the presidency of the SADC, along with the fact that the recent summit meeting held in Maputo adopted “Development Corridors towards regional integration,” as a theme, the country had a specific responsibility to transform that commitment into a reality.

“For that purpose we have set out the tasks of construction, refurbishment and expansion of the airport terminals, ports, planning of new railway lines and construction of mooring facilities, as well as improving urban transport services,” said Zucula.

The meeting, which will be held over four days, is expected to summarise execution of decisions since the last coordinating council meeting held last year in the city of Beira, and to approve measures to speed up the rate of development of thee Transport and Communications sector in the country. (macauhub)

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