The project, called Nóqui River Terminal and whose budget is 90 million dollars, will not only simplify mobility but also create jobs for local young people and help commercial exchanges between Luanda, Cabinda and Zaire, said the administrator, in statements to Angop.
The official also said its launch will compete with the port of Matadi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). "The entry into operation of the Nóqui pier bridge will compete with the port of Matadi, in the DRC, taking into account that a lot of merchandise that passes through here in transit to the neighboring country, will be unloaded at the local port", he stated, quoted by Angop.
The works will be carried out by China Harbor Engineering Company LTD, informed Manuel José António, who did not indicate the deadline for starting work.
Furthermore, the person in charge also made it known that a delegation from Porto do Soyo, made up of some Chinese, went to Nóqui on Wednesday, where they carried out the feasibility study of the site where the pier bridge will be built. Quoted by Angop, he added that "the construction of the Nóqui River Terminal has always been one of the concerns of the municipal authorities and the population in general".
It should be noted that, recently, the Executive informed that it will invest 90 million dollars to build the Nóqui River Terminal, within the scope of the Transport Sector Development Plan.
The expense was authorized in a presidential order. "According to Presidential Order No. 262/23 of October 26, the expenditure is authorized and the opening of the Simplified Contracting Procedure is formalized, using material criteria, for reasons of external financing, for the award of the construction contract", reads in the Government's statement, to which VerAngola had access.
João Lourenço, holder of executive power, "delegates powers to the Minister of Energy and Water, with the power to sub-delegate, for the approval of the parts of the procedure, as well as for verifying the validity and legality of all acts carried out within the scope of the aforementioned procedure, including the conclusion and signature of the aforementioned contract", the note also states.
Furthermore, the order also authorizes the Ministry of Finance "to register the project in the Public Investment Program (PIP) of the OGE 2023 and to ensure the financial resources necessary for its implementation".
It should be noted that the Transport Plan determines "as priorities the implementation of programs for the expansion of public transport and the development and improvement of infrastructure, allowing an increase in passengers and cargo transported by road, rail, sea and air, so that the movement of people and goods is not a barrier to economic and social progress".