The China Exim Bank and the Mozambican government plan to provide US$410 million for work to repair National Road 6 (EN6) in Mozambique, which is 288 kilometres long and links the port of Beira to Machipanda, on the border with Zimbabwe, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The work is expected to be finished in 2017 and will be carried out in four stages the first of which will be a section of 218.9 kilometres, the second of 13 kilometres, the third 47 kilometres and the fourth and final stage of 8 kilometres.
The repair work is being carried out by Chinese group Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corp (AFECC)
The first stone for the project was laid by the President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, at a ceremony in Tica, in the Nhamatanda district, at the end of last week.
The project includes building a 250-metre bridge over the Púnguè River and repairs on 1,652 metres of bridges at several points along the route of the road. (macauhub/MZ/CN)