Government of Mozambique ratifies loan to build road to Tanzania

29 June 2017

The Mozambican government has ratified a financing agreement signed with the African Development Fund for the first phase of the Mueda-Negomano road construction project in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, a stretch of about 100 kilometres connecting Mozambique to Tanzania, said the Council of Ministers spokeswoman.

Ana Comoana recalled that the financing, the agreement for which was signed last February, includes a loan and a donation, the first in the amount of US$69.7 million and the rest as a donation.

The African Development Bank announced in December 2016 it had approved US$74.9 million in financing for the construction of the road between Mozambique and Tanzania, with the amount divided into a loan of US$71.8 million and a donation of US$3.1 million.

The spokeswoman for the Council of Ministers and Deputy Minister of Culture stressed the importance of the road, which links the neighbouring countries via the National Unity Bridge, which was inaugurated in 2010 by the presidents of Mozambique and Tanzania.

Car traffic on the bridge has been relatively low, mainly due to the poor road conditions between Mueda and Negomano, at the confluence of the Rovuma and Lugenda rivers, according to the Mozambican press. (macauhub)