A joint venture composed by IRD Engineering and Nippon Koei Mozambique have recently signed a new contract in the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, aimed at the provision of FIDIC supervision services during the construction of the Agua Grande coastal protection and the reconstruction of The Marginal Road for a total length of 8.8 km. The whole scheme is being financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and by RVO (the Netherlands Enterprise Agency).

The contract signature took place at the premises of the Institute for Roads (Instituto Nacional de Estradas – INAE) where its Director, Mr. Helder Paquete, stated that “this work aims to protect the seashore, the future coastal protection zone against erosion caused by climate change” adding that “there are coastal areas that are already degraded and, if there is no intervention to protect this area, we would end up having flooding at coastal level. For this reason, the government of São Tomé and Príncipe made a request to the Dutch government and it was promptly accepted and all preliminary studies began to make it possible to implement this work”.

The whole intervention consists of the reconstruction, upgrading and coastal protection of the São Tomé City’s main avenue, The Marginal, which is a key artery of the primary national road network and a crucial element in the capital’s urban regeneration and tourism development. Undoubtedly, the envisaged works will enhance the climate resilience, road safety and connectivity in this beautiful island in the Gulf of Guinea

The project is also expected to have very positive socio-economic impacts in and around the city, particularly in relation to its urban regeneration and tourism development, which in turn will contribute to employment growth and social development.

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