Mozambique News! Chinese consortium to build airport in Gaza and others..

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Nampula government and EDM expand electricity connection to Corrane

The local government of Meconta district (Nampula Province) and Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) are currently developing a project for the expansion of electricity to the administrative post of Corrane. The aim of the project is to meet the consumption needs presented by the local business community linked to agro-processing.

Electricity will be available in Corrane from the end of this month. The connection will initially benefit businesses linked to maize, cassava, sorghum and beans (among others) in an effort to complete the value chain that ensures financial dividends. The connection will also supply electricity to approximately 400 families.

The Corrane administrative post is considered to be the “breadbasket” of Meconta district. Currently the shopping district in Corrane does not have access to electricity and shop owners are forced to uses alternative means such as generators or photovoltaic systems which are expensive. With the expansion of the electricity network in Corrane, attention will be focused on the towns of Japire and Mecua, which suffered extensive damage during the 16-year civil war.

In addition to the expansion of the electricity network, the local government intends to rehabilitate the access roads and bridges that are utilised to transport agricultural products in and out of the area. The first bridge to benefit from these efforts will be the bridge over the Mutomote River.

Source: Jornal Notícias

Depreciation of the metical against the rand decreases frequency of trips to South Africa – carriers

Carriers ferrying passengers to South Africa are seeing their income succumb to the depreciation of the metical against the rand with the number of people traveling over the border declining recently.

However, transport companies expect the rand to fall and the number of Mozambicans doing business in the neighboring country to rise once more to the usual numbers.

“We are having problems with the lack of passengers and fuel becoming more expensive, which further complicates our lives, but we can only hope that next month things will get better”, one of the carriers said.

Source: Folha de Maputo

Chinese consortium to build airport in Gaza

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During the course of the week 29 July to 5 August, the government revealed that the construction of the Gaza Province airport will commence shortly following the conclusion of negotiations pertaining to the respective commercial contract with the Chinese company Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) Co., Ltd., associated to the Chinese-capital Mozambican company Sogecoa Lda.

The airport is expected to boost the rapid social development of the province, promote tourism, create employment opportunities and play a major role in the transport of heavy sands.

The Gaza airport, estimated to cost approximately US$50-million, will include passenger and cargo terminals. It will be able to handle aircraft of the Q-400 type, a turboprop made by Canada’s Bombardier.

In the meantime, the ongoing rehabilitation project of the runway at Maputo International Airport is reportedly 70% complete and is expected to conclude in December this year. This project is valued at approximately US$65-million.

Once complete, the Maputo International Airport will be equipped to receive larger aircrafts such as the Airbus A340 and Boeing 747.

Source: Jornal Notícias/MacauHub

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