Construction of a motorway in Guinea-Bissau, estimated to cost US$16.5 million and with funding from the People’s Republic of China, is expected to begin shortly, according to a statement from the Ministry of Public Works, Buildings and Urban Development released on Tuesday in Bissau.
The statement said that Minister Óscar Barbosa and the Chinese ambassador to China, Jin Hongjun, held a meeting where, among other things, they agreed on the need to start work on this project that will connect Bissau to the town of Safim, 15 kilometres north of the capital.
Both parties spoke of the preliminary work to be done, namely the identification of properties and residences that will be affected along the stretch and calculate the value of the respective damages, the statement said.
The work will be carried out by companies from China and will have a local workforce, said the press release which did not specify the exact date of commencement of work.
The motorway in question, “a modern engineering work,” according to the former Chinese ambassador to Guinea-Bissau, Wang Hua, will have three lanes in each direction and its own lighting.