Integrated Development of Milange – Mocuba (12/01/2016)

The EU funded Milange–Mocuba Road, N11, is the last, missing link of the transport corridor linking Malawi and Zambia to the ports at the Indian Ocean. But this project is more than just a road, it is a link that builds hope.

Watch our videos to understand why.

See also the response to support the rebuilding efforts of the Mozambican authorities, following the devastating floods which affected the area of the project in January 2015.

Video 1, Integrated Development of Milange – Mocuba Corridor Phase II, Impacts 

Video 2, Integrated Development of Milange – Mocuba Corridor Phase II, People's Hope 

Video 3, Integrated Development of Milange – Mocuba Corridor Phase II, Flood Event 

Since the end of Mozambique’s tragic civil war in the early 1990s, the European Union (EU) has been helping the country’s authorities carry out improvements to its road infrastructure. This included as well the new construction of the Zambezi bridge in Caia.

In recent years, the focus has shifted to East-West connections. It is helping upgrade the N11 road between Milange on the Malawian border and Mocuba, gateway to the country’s East-Central region and the port of Quelimane, benefitting 1.4 million Mozambicans  living in the bordering districts of the corridor. There are two phases to the “Integrated Development of Milange–Mocuba Corridor”, funded mainly by the EU:

* Phase 1, completed in September 2013 cost almost €34 million, and upgraded from gravel to blacktop standard the 80-km stretch of the N11 from Mocuba to Alto Benfica.

* Phase 2, connecting Milange to Alto Benfica, will upgrade the 110 km highway and also upgrade 160 km of rural roads to allow all-weather use. It will cost almost €68.5 million.

The effect of this will be much easier, cheaper and safer transit between Mozambique and Malawi. The project is also expected to benefit the inhabitants of the Milange-Mocuba Corridor, a fertile agricultural region which lacks good transport infrastructure. Better rural and highway transport will allow farmers to market their produce more profitably, encourage investors to create employment opportunities in the corridor, and allow its inhabitants to travel and access healthcare and education opportunities more easily. The work being carried out in Mozambique with EU support is yet more evidence that the EU is a key partner in tackling the country's most pressing challenges, thus making a real difference in people's lives.