China’s Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Co. (AFECC) will build the road between Mueda and Negomano, over a distance of 165 kilometres between Mozambique and Tanzania, whose first stone was laid by President Filipe Nyusi, the local press reported.
This project is part of a larger project to build the National Road Number One (EN1), which runs from Rovuma to Maputo, in the southern region of Ponta do Ouro, which is already undergoing repairs in the Central region of Mozambique and has been completed in the South.
The first phase of this project includes the construction of 70 kilometres of road from Negomano to Roma, with three bridges and a rainwater drainage system to prevent road erosion.
This road ends at Negomano, near the border with Tanzania, with President Nyusi declaring at the ceremony on Tuesday that it is the making of a dream, of connecting the two countries, in addition to increasing trade and developing the economy of the region.
This project is funded by the African Development Bank (ADB), which in December 2016 approved a donation of US$79 million and a loan of US$3.1 million for the first phase of the road between Mueda and Negomano, described as “a lost connection in the transport corridor” between Mozambique and Tanzania.
“Improving the road will reduce the time it takes to travel between the two locations from three hours to one hour. This first phase will be complemented by a second one, scheduled to begin in 2019, linking Roma to Mueda [Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique] and includes the construction of a single-stop border post,” the ADB said at the time. (macauhub)