Chinese contractor may soon resume work on Mozambican bridge

13 August 2020

The contractor repairing the road bridge over the Save River in the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane may re-start work on the bridge next month, Folha de Maputo reports, citing a provincial highways official, Elcídio Parruque.

The Mozambican newspaper quotes Mr Parruque as saying the loosening of restrictions imposed in the effort to counter the Covid-19 pandemic may allow the work to resume.

Traffic is using a temporary bridge in the meantime, Folha de Maputo quotes Mr Parruque as saying.

Separately, a Mozambican television station, TV Miramar, reports that personnel in charge of the work are stuck in China.

The contract is worth 5 billion meticals (about US$70.7 million), Miramar says.

In March another Mozambican newspaper, Jornal Notícias, identified the contractor in charge of the project aimed at improving road links in southern Mozambique as state-owned China Road and Bridge Corp.

(Source) Permanent Secretariat to the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao):