China funds four projects in Mozambique with a donation of US$100 million

5 June 2018

China plans to donate about US$100 million to finance four development projects in Mozambique, with the respective agreements due to be signed on Monday in Maputo during the 6th session of the Joint Commission between the two countries, the Mozambican press reported.

The four projects are the construction of Xai-Xai airport in Gaza province, construction of the Gorongosa Technical Institute in Sofala, technical assistance to the Zimpeto National Stadium (Maputo) and sending agricultural workers for training in China, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique Maria Lucas said at the end of the session that the agreements reached are a sign of the success of the work that the parties have done since the previous session of the Joint Commission in 2015.

China’s Deputy Minister of Commerce, Qian Keming, expressed his government’s readiness to continue to support Mozambique’s development by allocating resources and donations to priority projects that promote the well-being of the population.

The financing agreement for the construction of Xai-Xai airport was signed in 2017 and was expected to cost US$60 million to improve transport conditions and facilitate the communication of people and goods, promoting the development of the local economy, especially through tourism.

The project for the Gorongosa Technical Institute involves the construction of educational buildings, workshops, a cafeteria, sleeping quarters for students and apartments for teachers, and the establishment will be able to train 740 students per year and offer courses in agriculture and livestock, including vegetable production, agricultural extension and agro-processing.

The agricultural sector project, budgeted at just over US$3.0 million, is in its third phase, with the Chinese government sending agricultural technicians in the areas of agronomy, agro-processing, livestock, veterinary clinics and laboratories over a period of three years for technical demonstrations and training of Mozambican staff.

The second phase of the agreement to provide technical assistance to the Zimpeto National Stadium is valued at US$1.8 million. (macauhub)