Mozambique borrows over US$170 million for Gaza roads

The Mozambican government, in partnership with the World Bank and the British Department for International Development (DFID), plans to invest US$170.5 million in the second phase of road reconstruction in the southern province of Gaza.

The reconstruction work covers 190 kilometres of roads damaged in flooding in 2012 and 2013. The stretches of roads covered include Guijá/Chókwè, Chókwè/ Macarretane, Maniquinique/Chilembene and Chilembene/Marapá.

To this end, the government will provide US$42.5 million. The World Bank will provide US$113 million. The contribution of DFID will be US$15 million.

This work will push ahead under an agreement signed on 26 January in Maputo between the General Director of the National Roads Administration (ANE), Marco dos Anjos, and the various contractors.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Public Works, Carlos Bonete, said that the project was divided into two phases. “The first phase covered immediate repairs to make the roads passable again”, he explained. “Those repairs took place in 2014 and 2015 and they were budgeted at US$15 million”.

The agreement ensures that the much more ambitious second phase can begin in February. The work is scheduled to take 18 months.

Four contractors have been hired – the Chinese companies Zhonghumei Engineering Group and China Henn International Corporation Group, Mota-Engil of Portugal, and Swiss company SBI International Holding.