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  Donna Thiessen 

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USTDA SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AVIATION
AND TOURISM SECTORS IN MOZAMBIQUE

 

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE – (October 20, 2006) The development of the aviation and tourism sectors in Mozambique in support of the nation’s economic development goals is the objective a USTDA grant awarded today to Airports de Mozambique (ADM). The $444,806 grant will be used to determine the requirements associated with expanding and upgrading one of two airports (Pemba or Nacala) and the impact of that possible expansion on the airport at Vilankulos.

 

The grant was conferred during a signing ceremony at the VIP Hotel in Maputo. USTDA Deputy Director Leocadia I. Zak and the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Ms. Elizabeth Raspolic, signed the grant agreement on behalf of the U.S. government. ADM Board Members Antonio Loureiro and Hermenegildo Mavale signed the grant agreement on behalf of ADM.

 

ADM, an autonomous and financially independent company under the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, has prioritized the rehabilitation of Mozambique’s airports to foster tourism and economic development in the region. The country’s national airline, as well as European carriers, have expressed interest in scheduling direct flights from several European capitals to Pemba airport, if adequate facilities were in place to accommodate the flights. Due its prime location, however, the development of Nacala airport may be more favorable from a commercial point of view. Nacala is currently under the management of Mozambique’s Air Force and would require the construction of a new passenger terminal and cargo facilities. A third airport, Vilankulos, has experienced significant increase in passenger traffic due to tourism. However, half of its current traffic is comprised of non-scheduled charter flights.

 

As it seeks to develop the necessary aviation infrastructure to support projected use, ADM needs to proceed with a strategic plan aimed at identifying investment options. To this end, the USTDA-funded study will assist ADM in determining the requirements of expanding one of the three airports, focusing on market forecasts and the technical, financial and legal feasibility of the project.

 

The competitive contracting opportunities associated with the USTDA grant awarded today will be announced on the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fedbizopps.gov. U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions contained in the Federal Business Opportunities announcement. ADM will select the U.S. firm that will provide the USTDA-funded assistance.

 

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA’s strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development. In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.

 

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