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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Friday inaugurated the road linking the districts of Mocuba and Milange, in the central province of Zambezia.
Budgeted at 150 million euros (about 168 million US dollars), 93.6 per cent of the funding came from the European Union and the rest from the Mozambican government.
The authorities state that the road should directly benefit about 1.5 million people. The first phase of the road, from Mocuba to Alto Benfica, covers 80 kilometres and was completed five years ago. Nyusi inaugurated the second stage, the 110 kilometres from Alto Benfica to Milange.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Nyusi said the road will stimulate investment in the districts covered, as well as in the counties of the hinterland, such as Malawi and Zambia. He believed it would boost production, productivity and agricultural marketing.
“From the Malawian border, the road allows access to the ports of Quelimane, Beira and Nacala and serves Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and also the Democratic Republic of Congo”, said the President. He believed the road would help reduce the price of goods in domestic and international transactions.
With the conclusion of the work, a 350 kilometres corridor has been created from Malawi to Quelimane. The European Union ambassador to Mozambique, Antonio Gaspar, told the ceremony “We must still work together to improve the secondary roads, so that we continue to build bridges of friendship, of partnership, between the EU and Mozambique”.
Also on Friday, the Mocuba solar power station, capable of generating 40 megawatts, began operating, and Nyusi launched a project to speed up domestic electricity connections in Zambezia, which is the province with the lowest percentage of homes electrified.
“With this solar system, we shall be able to increase access to electricity in this province”, he said. “So we are launching an “Electricity in the homes” project today”.
Nyusi also inaugurated the electrification of Mulevala district. Mulevala is the last of Mozambique’s 154 districts to be electrified. The medium voltage line carrying power to Mulevala runs for 113 kilometres and cost about 170 million meticais (around 2.7 million US dollars at current exchange rates).
“As from today, there is no district in Mozambique where the capital does not have electricity”, declared Nyusi.Source: AIM