Located on the EM 280/EM 180 National Road, over a length of 212 kilometres, it is expected that the aforementioned section will also contribute to "increasing agricultural production, livestock, increased production of maize, rice and will allow access to schools, of health and other services of the local administration of the State, as well as boosting the development of the mining and timber industry", says a statement from the Government, which VerAngola had access to.
The undertaking, adds the note, is budgeted at more than 270 million dollars.
"According to Presidential Order No. 94/23 of May 9, the overall value of this rehabilitation work is US$275,457,150.61 (two hundred and seventy-five million, four hundred and fifty-seven thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars and sixty-one cents), including the construction of the road and six bridges and the treatment of chanas", reads the statement.
Still in the said order, the head of state approves "the provision of 3,475,924,919.26 kwanzas (three thousand, four hundred and seventy-five million, nine hundred and twenty-four thousand, nine hundred and nineteen kwanzas and twenty-six cents) for the inspection of works" on the road – which is characterized "by a long stretch of beaten earth and extensive areas of chanas, which is in an accentuated state of degradation", indicating in some places partial and total cutting of the same, jeopardizing "road safety and making it impossible to expansion of cultural and commercial exchanges in that region of the country".
According to the communiqué, the Minister of Public Works, Urban Planning and Housing is delegated competences, with the capacity to sub-delegate, for the "practice of all decision-making acts and supervisory approval, including the elaboration of the procedure parts, the celebration and signature of the contracts".
While the Minister of Finance will be responsible for guaranteeing the financial resources necessary for the implementation of contracts, as well as the registration of projects in the Public Investment Programme, according to the dispatch, cited in the note.
It should be noted that Rivungo and Mavinga concern areas of "great cereal production" in the province of Cuando Cubango, where peasants have been experiencing difficulties in transporting production, due to the poor state of the road that connects them.