The Mozambique Government is putting on a major infrastructure conference today and tomorrow in the city of Tete, with the aim of mobilising resources to improve the country’s transport corridors, energy infrastructure, and irrigation – and deciding on priority projects for the country and the region.
The Tete Infrastructure Forum – a rare example of such an event being held outside of Maputo – will be presided over by President Filipe Nyusi, and feature the Minister of Transport, Carlos Mesquita; Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Letícia Klemens; Minister of Agriculture, José Pacheco; and Minister of Public Works, Carlos Bonete.
The list of speakers also includes the head of electricity utility EDM, Mateus Magala; former transport minister Paulo Zucula; two former finance ministers, Tomaz Salomão and Magid Osman; and representatives of the World Bank, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
The event website lists in detail the projects being proposed by each ministry, including the values they estimate are needed for investment, and projected rates of return. The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME), for example, will present a $1.5 billion electricity transmission project linking Vilankulo with Maputo, which is vital for the viability of the planned 400MW Temane gas-fired power plant.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) is bringing six projects to the table, including an ambitious, $20 billion north-south rail ‘backbone’ running from Mocímboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado, to Ponta Techobanine, the site of a proposed new major port south of the city of Maputo.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MASA) is seeking investment for five irrigation projects, while the Ministry of Public Works, Habitation, and Water Resources (MOPHRH) has five highway projects, six housing projects, and four dams.
Further highlights include:
- Upgrading and tolling the road between Moamba and Xinavane, to allow traffic from South Africa to join the northbound EN1 without passing through Maputo
- Constructing a new quay at Beira Port, to include a fertilizer terminal
- Installing a 50MW hydropower plant at Tsate in Manica Province
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