The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $71.8 million grant and $3.1 loan to the Government of Mozambique towards the reinforcement of the Muenda- Negomano road section on the transport corridor between Mozambique and Tanzania.
The construction of an asphalted road will open up the isolated part of Northern Mozambique enhancing regional integration and cross-border trade, contributing to economic growth and eradicating poverty.
The project includes the development of a masterplan for transport infrastructure and connectivity targeting maritime, railways, roads and bridges sub-sectors.
It will also act as an update to existing national plans as Mozambique’s Northern region gears up for an anticipated major economic transformation.
AfDB Chief Transport Engineer, Aymen Osman Wednesday 7 Ali said, “The project is key for traders and road users, who transport goods between Tanzania and Mozambique.”
Traders will benefit from more direct and shorter journeys to the ports of Pemba in Mozambique and Mtwara in Tanzania.
Amadou Oumarou, Director of Transport and ICT department of the AfDB highlighted that the Bank is well positioned to support such development of regional corridors and road infrastructure due to its ability to coordinate programs and projects across countries.
The new road will extend the paved one built in 2012 from the Tanzanian side, also financed by the AfDB.
The 70 kilometer-section represents a missing link on the Mozambique-Tanzania transport corridor. AfDB will finance phase one of the project concerning a section that starts at Negomano, adjacent to the Ruvuma River and ends in Roma.
Some of the funds will be dedicated to improving the living conditions of the population in the project area and the preservation of wildlife, through a Social Inclusion and Biodiversity Program (SIBP).
Phase two of the road construction which will connect Roma to Muenda and will include the construction of a one-stop-border post is scheduled to start in 2019.