Angola’s First highway to be Built by CRBC

Chinese state company China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) will build Angola’s first highway, about 1.400 kilometers long, linking the south to the north of the country, said Angola’s Minister of Public Works, Urban Planning and Housing.

During his visit to Macau, as part of the 15th International Forum on Investment and Construction of Infrastructure, Carlos dos Santos said that the “freeway, about 1.400 kilometers long, will link southern Angola to neighbouring Namibia, northern Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo”.

The minister also said that the infrastructure will extend from the province of Cunene, in the south of the country, to the provinces of Zaire and Cabinda, in the northwest, which will be connected by a bridge, bringing Angola closer to southern Africa, Central Africa and North Africa.

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CRBC will begin the surveys shortly after the formal signing of the memorandum of understanding, which will take place during the summit of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum in Beijing between September 3 and 8, said the minister.

The Chinese group is expected to complete the studies and projects by “mid to late 2025”, at which stage it will invest “around 50 to 75 million dollars” (between 47 and 70 million euros), explained Carlos dos Santos.

Carlos dos Santos predicted “the start of actual construction at the end of 2025 or in 2026”, with the work estimated at “something like 2.5 billion dollars (2.33 billion euros)”.

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He also said that he had invited the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute and the International Trade Association for the Lusophone Markets, based in the Chinese region, to send delegations to the Luanda International Fair, to be held from July 23 to 28.

CRBC was the original contractor hired to build the Port of Caio, in Cabinda, and in 2019 it won one of the two contracts to build a dam on the Cuvelai River, to mitigate the effects of the drought in Cunene province.

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