- China has identified the need for Mozambique to improve public transport
- China donated 100 new buses
China’s donation of 100 buses to Mozambique in June has helped the African government to make progress towards its goal of distributing 1 000 buses across the country in five years. Mozambique has now met 80% of its target.
“The buses we are receiving today … are sophisticated and resilient, have automatic engine systems, and a series of measures to make life easier for Mozambicans,” said Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi at the delivery ceremony for the new buses in Maputo. Nyusi encouraged more Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in his country.
Mayor of Maputo, Eneas Comiche, said the donation would help to increase mobility, which is a challenge for the country, particularly in urban areas.
The donation was further proof of the friendship and the strategic partnership between China and Mozambique, said Su Jian, Chinese Ambassador to Mozambique.
The buses came with spare and accessory parts for maintenance. A group of local technicians will be trained on how to operate and maintain the buses.
The buses’ Chinese manufacturer Zhongtong especially designed the vehicles to meet the demands of the road, climate and commuter travel habits in Mozambique. The buses, with a carrying capacity of 40, have re-designed doors, improved wading capacity and automatic gear-boxes.
China donated 80 passenger buses to Mozambique in 2016.
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