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    23 August, 2017
Five billion meticais for road maintenance
 
Maputo, 23 Aug (AIM) – The Mozambican Ministry of Public Works expects to spend five billion meticais (about US$82 million at current exchange rates) on routine road maintenance this year.

Public Works Minister Carlos Bonete announced this figure on Wednesday at the opening in Maputo of a meeting of the Southern Africa Focus Group of the African Road Maintenance Funds Association.

He told the meeting that every year his ministry allocates a large slice of its budget to routine road maintenance, including the maintenance of rural roads.

Bonete stressed the importance of the rural road network, as a central factor in the value chains of agricultural production and productivity and artisanal fishing. A well maintained road network was crucial for achieving the government’s goals of increasing household income and reducing poverty.

He stressed the need to deal with overloaded trucks, pointing out that overloading is one of the main causes of the premature deterioration in the condition of access roads.

The Deputy Chairperson of the Focus Group, John Ipinge, using World Bank statistics, said that about 40 per cent of the African roads built since the 1960s have ceased to exist.

“What we are talking about in terms of reforming the road sector is adopting measures to guarantee that each kilometre of road built, whether in the cities or in the countryside, will have a life of 20 to 30 years”, stressed Ipinge. That meant it was important to guarantee appropriate maintenance.

The challenge issued by Bonete to the regional body was to reflect on legislation and other measures that would be effective in ending the overloading of trucks and the consequent deterioration of the roads.

Ipinge said Africa’s economic growth is expressed in changes in managing public infrastructure, particularly roads. African countries were increasingly adopting the principle that “the user pays”, by establishing toll roads so that the owners of vehicles contribute to the fund used to ensure maintenance and thus the quality of the roads.
(AIM)
 
 
  10 January, 2018  
 
Goods traffic to resume between Cuamba and Lichinga
 
Goods traffic is to return to the branch line between the cities of Cuamba and Lichinga, in the northern Mozambican province of Niassa, under an agreement reached between the Niassa provincial government and the Northern Development Corridor (CDN), the private-led consortium that operates the line.

 
  9 January, 2018  
 
Chimoio government distributes seeds
 
The government of Chimoio city, in the central province of Manica, has distributed 2,000 tonnes of vegetable seeds to poor peasant farmers in the city’s green belt.

 
  8 January, 2018  
 
Essar Ports to invest in Beira
 
The ports arm of the Indian Essar group claimed on Monday that it will invest US$500 million over the next 30 months to expand capacities at two existing Indian projects, at Hazzira and Salaya, and to build a new coal terminal in Mozambique.

 


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