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Mozambique to Invest AfDB’s $230M in Development Corridors

Mozambique to Invest AfDB’s $230M in Development Corridors

The Mozambican executive is implementing various projects along the development corridors, with a greater focus on the Nacala Corridor, thanks to funding from the World Bank worth 230 million dollars, granted in 2022.

According to the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ambrósio Adolfo Sitoe, the project to increase trade and improve connectivity in southern Africa has helped increase the volume of cargo equivalent to 100,000 twenty-foot containers to 252,000 per year

The funding has also enabled the rehabilitation of railway and airport infrastructures and the development of 352 kilometres of feeder roads from the production area to feed the backbone of the Nacala Corridor road and railway line.

Sitoe announced this today (27) in Maputo, during a round table organised by the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (CDD), in partnership with OXFAM Mozambique and the Development Support Association (NANA) on the theme “Catalysing the Transformation of Small-Scale Agriculture through Development Corridors”.

“Even with the recent developments that have taken place in the country, trade between neighbouring countries, specifically with Malawi, is still weak,” said the source.

He also explained that the Maputo Development Corridor is growing in terms of cargo handling, bearing in mind that since 2003 when it used to handle five million tonnes a year, it has now handled more than 31 million tonnes, as a result of various investments being made in both the port and the development corridors.

Regarding cargo handling in the country’s ports, he said there had been positive growth in terms of cargo handled.

The Port of Beira, in the capital of Sofala province, was one of those classified by the World Bank as an efficient corridor.

As for the Port of Nacala, the inauguration of new infrastructure has allowed the entry of large ships and this fact increases the country’s potential to meet the demand for national and regional cargo.

For his part, Salvado Raisse, researcher and coordinator of the programme at the CDD, said that the debate arose because of the problems of agricultural marketing that have been systematically raised, especially in small-scale agriculture.

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“With this event we aim to generate consensus on the role of development corridors in the process of agricultural commercialisation, especially for the agricultural sector. We’ve seen the interest, but their applicability has been one of the main problems,” he said.

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