World Bank and UK finance reconstruction of roads in Mozambique

27 January 2017

The World Bank and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) will support the second phase of reconstruction of roads in the southern province of Gaza, Mozambique, a project with an estimated cost of US$170.5 million, announced the Mozambican Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources.

The reconstruction works cover 190 kilometres of roads damaged during the floods that ravaged the country between 2012 and 2013. The government of Mozambique will contribute US$42.5 million and the World Bank and DFID will provide US$113 million and US$15 million, respectively.

The funds in question will allow the second phase of reconstruction of roads to begin next February, and the work is expected to take 18 months.

Mozambican news agency AIM reported that the first stage involved emergency repairs between 2014 and 2015.

After the Director General of the National Roads Administration, Marco dos Anjos and contractors signed the contracts, Minister Carlos Bonete Martinho recalled that the first phase cost US$15 million.

The minister said he expected the work carried out in the second phase to have the necessary quality to withstand the weather and the World Bank representative, Kulwinder Singh Rao, said the funding is intended to improve roads and bridges, and strengthen the management and administration skills of the road sector.

The four contractors selected to carry out the work are Chinese companies Zhongmei Engineering Group, Ltd, China Henan International Cooperation Group Co., Ltd. (CHICO), Portugal’s Mota-Engil and the Swiss company SBI International Holdings. (macauhub)