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The Mozambican Government intends to boost the construction of several infrastructure projects n its final year in office its final term of office, including a new international airport in the south of the country, Minister of Transport and Communications Carlos Mesquita has announced.
“We will make every effort to implement the actions still lacking, namely to accelerate the construction of Xai-Xai airport” in Gaza province, the minister says in an interview in today’s edition of the Notícias newspaper.
The airport’s first stone was laid in October 2018 by President Filipe Nyusi. The project, which is supported by the governments of Germany and China, is budgeted at around US$75 million (EUR 66 million).
The head of state considers it important to build an airport that can serve as an alternative to Maputo, saying that an airport in Gaza, about 250 kilometres away, “is viable, not a luxury; it is an urgent necessity”.
The airport, which is expected to take about two years to build, will have a 1,800-metre runway and a total area of about 9,000 square metres.
Minister Mesquita says that the government also intends this year expand the mobile network ito a further 30 localities, rehabilitate the port of Nacala and invest in the Machipanda rail connection to Zimbabwe and in the Ressano Garcia line to South Africa.Source: Lusa