AfDB commits $74.9m for Dar, Maputo road network

AfDB commits $74.9m for Dar, Maputo road network

Dec 23, 2016: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved $71.8 million grant and $3.1 million loan to the Mozambique government for the construction of an asphalted 70km road section in Northern Mozambique, to improve connectivity with Tanzania.

The AfDB chief transport engineer, AymenOsmani said the project is key for traders and road users, who transport goods between Tanzania and Mozambique.

"Following the completion, they will benefit from more direct and shorter journeys to the ports of Pemba in Mozambique and Mtwara in Tanzania, effectively enhancing regional trade," he said. The new road will extend the paved road recently built in the Tanzanian side, financed by an AfDB project approved in 2012.

This phase concerns a 70km road section which starts at Negomano, located adjacent to the Ruvuma River, the natural frontier with Tanzania. The section ends in the locality of Roma.

The project will open up the isolated part of the country, contributing to the economic growth and the eradication of poverty, as well as foster cross border trade and reinforce regional integration. The road segment Mueda - Negomano represents a missing link on the transport corridor between Mozambique and Tanzania.

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