Mozambique needs US$300 million for post-rainy season repairs

16 April 2015

The government of Mozambique is trying to raise US$297 million from its cooperation partners to rebuild the infrastructure destroyed by the rains this year, the spokeswomen for the Council of Minister said Tuesday in Maputo.

Ana Comoane, who also serves as Vice-Minister of Culture and Tourism, said that of that amount US$48.5 million had already been pledged by cooperation partners, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.

A spokeswoman for the Council of Ministers said that for railway repairs US$30 million would be provided by private entities and the remaining US$75 million would come from the state budget.

However, the provincial delegate of Sofala for the National Roads Administration told daily newspaper Notícias that by the end of the year about 2,300 kilometres of roads would undergo routine maintenance and repairs due to damage done in the rainy season.

Some of the tenders for selection of contractors who will carry out the work are already underway and estimates point to a final cost of 400 million meticais (US$11.2 million). (macauhub/MZ)