Mozambican minister names priorities for building infrastructure

9 May 2016

The Mozambican government will this year spend at least US$11.6 billion on the construction of new infrastructure, such as railways, roads, bridges and airports, said recently the Minister for Transport and Communication of Mozambique.

Minister Carlos Mesquita, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, said that Mozambique will need an additional US$2.2 billion to pay for the maintenance and expansion of existing infrastructure.

Among the government’s priorities for 2016, the minister mentioned in the rail and port sector the completion of reconstruction and commissioning of the Cuamba-Lichinga line, the start of operations at the port of Nacala-a-Velha and in early August the second phase of the modernisation works of the port of Nacala.

The list of priorities include completion of the expansion project of the Sena railway, from 6.5 million tons of cargo per year to 20 million, completion of the study for reconstruction of the Machipanda line and completion in December of construction of the Boane railway bridge.

As well as beginning dredging of the access to channel to the port of Maputo this month, the government wants the study for reconstruction of the Ressano Garcia railway to be completed this year. (macauhub/MZ)