Nacala Road Corridor Phase-III: Knowledge Generation and Infrastructure
The Mozambique’s Nacala Road Corridor Phase III project, approved in 2012, is one of the strategic regional corridors in the Southern Africa region. It is part of the Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) for Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, which will substantially increase national and regional connectivity.
ADF Leveraging Finance and Partners
The project is co-financed by ADF (UA 38.38 million), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (UA 49.34 million), the Government of Mozambique (UA 11.49 million), and the Nordic Development Fund (estimated UA 3.33 million, yet to be approved). The engagement of the AfDB was a prerequisite for JICA and the NDF’s engagements. Without this leverage and without the Bank financing, the project would not have materialized.
The project includes various knowledge management components within the overall project objectives. Knowledge will be developed at various levels. These include:
- Assessment studies and recommendations on transport and trade facilitation;
- Evaluation of the domestic construction sector;
- Assessment and diagnostic of the country’s roads maintenance capacity;
- Creation of roadside stations, which will develop knowledge and capacities of local communities, including women, for improved integration into the economic cycle.
Unlocking Inclusive Growth in Remote Regions
Facilitating inter-regional integration will provide job opportunities for all, including the youth, connecting them to main cities, generating trade and farming opportunities. Through its special components, and the development of roadside stations, the project will also enhance women integration more effectively into the economic cycle.