US to assist with infrastructure upgrades in Mozambique
The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will invest more than USD2.3- million over the next two years in infrastructure improvements in northern Mozambique.
Critical infrastructure in the north of the country were severely damaged by devastating cyclones and intense fighting between insurgents and the government over the last three years.
According to a statement by the Government of Mozambique’s National Road Administration (ANE), close to 14 roads in the Cabo Delgado province were severely damaged, and seven bridges collapsed, as a result of Cyclone Kenneth.
The first project funded by the USAID and implemented by the ANE and Road Fund (FE) is the construction of a bridge over the Mueda River, road paving, and road drainage improvements to prevent future erosion.
Better roads will allow safe travel
According to the USAID Deputy Mission Director Martin McLaughlin, the repairs and construction will not only allow safer travel between the province’s southern and northern districts, but it will also foster economic growth, and improve access for humanitarian assistance.
Another important project will focus on a portion of the R698 connecting Montepuez and Mueda, which serves as a key travel and transport corridor for surrounding communities, especially those residents displaced by terrorism and natural disasters.
“The U.S. Government is proud to assist in the rebuilding of critical Cabo Delgado infrastructure. Better roads mean that the people of Cabo Delgado will have better access to essential services and supplies, will be able to deliver their goods to the market easier, and be able to travel to safe areas.”
McLaughlin adds that support for disaster recovery and resilience programs aimed at meeting the immediate needs of affected communities are critical components of the broader U.S. Government assistance in Mozambique.
“In close collaboration with the government of Mozambique, the U.S. Government provides more than USD500-million in annual assistance to help Mozambicans build a healthier, more democratic, more secure, more prosperous country for all,” says McLaughlin.
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