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Maputo International Airport
Maputo International Airport complies with internationally accepted standards for all types of aircraft and it is listed among the most modern airport infrastructure in Africa. In 2010, when it was built, it was expected that some of the teams competing in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa would use the airport, unfortunately this did not happen. The airport cost US$75 million.
Maputo Ring Road
In 2011, the Government of Mozambique and the Government of the People’s Republic of China jointly launched the ‘Maputo Ring Road’ project, with the aim of easing traffic in the Mozambican capital. The works began in 2012 and cost US$315 million of which US$300 million came from a loan granted by China’s state-owned Exim-Bank. The work was awarded to China Road and Bridge Corporation (CBRC).
The Maputo Ring Road project also included the construction of several bridges, including a viaduct on a section linking the Eastern part of Maputo to Ressano Garcia, on the border with South Africa. The aim is to protect the circulation of the train through the Limpopo corridor which is crucial for the transportation of cargo to and from the countries of the Hinterland.
Located on the seafront, on Avenida Marginal, in the capital of the country, the AFECC Gloria Hotel has two conference rooms, one with capacity to host two thousand people and the other with a capacity to host eight hundred people. The hotel has 258 rooms, restaurants and other services. The total investment was around US$300 million, making Gloria the largest hotel complex in the country.
Maputo Catembe is the largest suspension bridge in Africa. Its construction cost the Mozambican Government US$700 million, financed by China’s Exim Bank. The Government considers the infrastructure extremely important for Mozambique, as it will allow better movement of people, cargo and goods between Maputo and Catembe, as well as the reactivation of more frequent trade exchanges.
Every day, passengers and cargo are transported across the Bay and it takes hours to make the crossing. The construction of the Maputo Catembe Bridge will alleviate this suffering. Despite the many criticisms that have been made about the construction of the bridge, Mozambicans have been waiting for this bridge since independence.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is yet another modern building built by Chinese contractors in the wake of the historic diplomatic relations between the two countries that has lasted nearly 50 years. It is located in the downtown area of the Mozambican capital.
Palace of Justice
With 12 floors, this building is valued at US$13 million. This is another investment that resulted from a loan granted by China. Here you will find the Civil, Commercial and Labour sections of the Judicial Court of Maputo. The same building houses the Police Court, the office of representatives of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and, provisionally, the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Attorney-General of the Republic
Under the aegis of the ‘China National Complete Plant Import & Export Corporation’, this building cost US$40 million and its construction work took 24 months. The construction budget of this building came from a credit line opened by the Chinese Government to Maputo under the agreements signed between the two countries on the state visit by the President of China, Hu Jintao, to Mozambique in 2007.
Finding parking in the city has not always been easy. There was a lot of road traffic, with drunk drivers making the situation worse. Nowadays, along the Avenida da Marginal, there is plenty of parking space for bikers and vehicles, even during the very hot days that bring many people to the Costa do Sol beach.
Protection of the Costa do Sol Beach
Works on Costa do Sol Beach began in 2012 at a cost of US$22 million. Previously to the works, the degradation of the coastal front allowed the sea waters to cross on the road during high tides. The coastal front area was reconstructed. The barrier (in the image) has solved the problem of coastal erosion in this zone.
National Stadium of Zimpeto
It has the capacity to hold 42 thousand people, 10 thousand in a sheltered area. The National Stadium is located in the Zimpeto neighbourhood, 14 km from the centre of Maputo. It occupies 26 hectares of the total 46 hectares reserved for the infra -structure. The US$70 million project was also funded by the Chinese Government and was built by the Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group.
The Olympic Village of Zimpeto consists of 26.5 blocks of flats with 848 apartments in total. The apartment buildings have four floors and each apartment has 3 bedrooms. The buildings cover an area of 100 square metres. In 2011, Mozambique hosted the All-Africa Games, The Village accommodated all the athletes who participated in the sporting event.
By Romeu da Silva (Maputo)Source: Deutsche Welle
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