Project General Description
The Nacala Road Corridor Project Phase III comprises (a) civil works for upgrading the Muita – Mandimba – Lichinga road (175km) in Mozambique to bituminous standards including the link from Mandimba to the Malawian borders, weigh bridges, roadside stations, and access roads, (b) consulting services for: (i) construction supervision, (ii) design and identification of roadside stations, (iii) road safety audits (iv) technical and financial Audit, (v) trade facilitation assessment, and (vi) assessment of domestic road construction industry; (c) capacity building; and (d) compensation and resettlement. The total cost of the project is USD 150.19 million (UA 99.66 million). The project will be co-financed by ADF, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Government of Mozambique (GOM). Civil works activities are anticipated to be completed over 3 years period.
The project will i) improve connectivity from Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia to the port of Nacala, ii) Improved transport linkages and accessibility for the interiors of Mozambique (Niassa and Nampula provinces) to economic opportunities and social services. This will improve transport services along the existing parts of the corridor by reducing travel cost and travel time, and iii) stimulate socio-economic development in the SADC region and in the provinces of Niassa and Nampula in Mozambique.
The direct beneficiaries of the project are the Mozambique economy at large and a population of an estimated 524,846 people living within the project zone of influence in the Niassa Province. Other beneficiaries of the project include traders and road users, who transport goods between Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Following the completion of the project, these will benefit from more direct and shorter journeys to the port of Nacala, effectively enhancing regional integration and international trade. The roads sector in Mozambique will also benefit from various capacity development activities.
Courtesy of African Development Bank – full report here