Montepuez-Lichinga Road Project


  • Reference: P-MZ-DB0-007
  • Approval date: 19/03/2007
  • Start date: 29/07/2008
  • Appraisal Date: 01/06/2006
  • Status: OngoingOnGo


The overall project will comprise;

(i) civil works for the upgrading of Montepuez-Ruaca (135 km) and Marrupa-Ruaca (68 km) road sections from gravel to bitumen surfaced standard as Lot A and Lot B respectively;

(ii) civil works for the rehabilitation of the Litunde-Lichinga road (66 km) as Part I of Lot C;

(iii) the construction of seven bridges between Marrupa and Litunde as Part II of Lot C;

(iv) consulting services for design review, pre-contract services and supervision of the civil works;

(v) road safety;

(vi) project audit services and (vii) payment of compensation and resettlement.


To provide transport accessibility and improve road transport services for the population in the zone of influence of thr Montepuez-Lichinga Corridor and improve connectivity of Niassa and Cabo Delgado provinces to the rest of the country


The upgrading of the Pemba-Lichinga Corridor has been conceived within the frame work of the Sector Wide Approach used in the design of the ROADS-3 Programme and fits within Government's road sub-sector policy and strategic framework of providing adequate and efficient transport infrastructure and services capable of servicing the economy and in particular to connect all nations' provinces, provincial capitals and the main international corridors; and to stimulate economic development by providing access to national and international markets. The Montepuez-Lichinga Road which is a vital link in the corridor has in this context been accorded high priority in the ROADS-3 programme as a necessary investment in the northern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Niassa. The road will provide the communities in the zone of influence access to socio-economic services and markets in the major towns of Montepuez, Balama, Marrupa and Lichinga. The project when completed will compliment the Pemba-Montepuez road (an earlier Bank's intervention in the corridor) and the Litunde - Marrupa link completed with financing from SIDA. .


The project road will allow access to one of the richest agricultural regions in Mozambique. The project area has one of the best soils and climatic conditions for the development of cotton, maize, mapira, as well as other agricultural produce that will be required to maintain food supplies to the Mozambican population. The provision of a good transport corridor in the form of the proposed road combined with a rational agricultural policy will make this area the bread basket of Mozambique as has been proposed by the FAO.

The road will connect the important agricultural area of Lichinga and the Mozambican ports of Pemba and Nacala to provide additional development stimulus for the export of cash crops such as cotton. It will also stimulate production through the reduction of transport cost of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers that are important for the production of commercial cash crops such as tobacco. In effect, it will be an important instrument to develop the port of Pemba, particularly for coastal shipping by expanding its hinterland of service.

Key contacts

MABOMBO Joao David - OITC2


Finance source Amount
ADFUAC 30,100,000
ACFAUAC 19,710,000
GovernmentUAC 12,850,000
Co-financierUAC 16,840,000
TotalUAC 79,500,000