Maputo — The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to provide 11.6 million US dollars for the construction of a new fish market in the neighbourhood of Triunfo, along the Maputo coast road.
A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed in Maputo on Wednesday by Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Koloma and the President of JICA, Ryuchi Nasu.
The future market, covering an area of two hectares, will contain stalls for the sale of fish and shellfish, an ice making plant, a unit for processing and conserving fisheries produce, and an administrative office - as well as an area for the restaurants that are one of the main attractions of the current fish market.
Maputo City Council will be responsible for the project, in partnership with JICA. The new market should be operational in 2013.
After the signing ceremony, Koloma said that the grant from JICA will help improve the management and handling of Mozambican fisheries produce and will add value to the production of small scale fishermen.
Nasu said that the location of the new market, on the Triunfo beach, is attractive, and will increase the income of the fishermen, and of other nearby traders. The market would also assist in the environmental protection of the coastal area, he claimed.