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Zimbabwe turns to Japan to help construct major roads

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Zimbabwe is engaging Japan to help  fund four major road projects including the construction of missing links on Harare Drive, Phase 2 of the Airport Road, Birchenough Bridge and Chirundu Highway.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza confirmed that his country had approached Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

“An application by my ministry has already been submitted to JICA for Phase 2 of the project covering 13,5km to Makuti,” he said.

“In addition, my ministry has also applied for funding for three other projects, namely missing links in Harare Drive, Phase 2 of the Harare Airport Road and Birchenough Bridge.”

The missing links of Harare Drive alone will cost US$110 million. President Mnangagwa and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed the issues in Yokohama on the sidelines of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) last week.

Japan has supported infrastructure development projects in the country through providing US$5,5 million worth of bitumen to rehabilitate roads damaged during the 2016/2017 rainfall season and the Chirundu Bridge across the Zambezi River.

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