Twenty-one thousand kilometres of roads of a total planned 22,000 kilometres of roads were paved in Mozambique in 2014, representing an implementation rate of 96 percent, said the Mozambican minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources.
Carlos Bonete Martinho, who was speaking in Maputo during the National Meeting of the Joint Review of the road sector, said the newly paved roads accounted for about 74 percent of the Mozambican road network, which totals around 30,000 kilometres.
The minister, who was cited by Mozambican news agency AIM, also said that the asphalting work represented a financial commitment of 21 billion meticais (US$548 million), of which half was paid by partners supporting Mozambique.
Martinho said that the work was increasing the national network of paved roads and transitability rates, despite floods in recent years, which have caused damage over some 1,300 kilometres of roads, mainly on National Highway Number One (EN1).
In turn, the president of the Road Fund, Cecílio Grachane, said work on the road network would this year cost 17 billion meticais (US$443 million), which already includes the contribution of programme support partners.(macauhub/MZ)