China Eximbank provides RMB 381.6 million loan for Chókwe Agro-Processing Complex Project
Constant 2017 USD
Funding agency [Type]
Export-Import Bank of China [State-owned Policy Bank]
Agriculture, forestry, fishing (Code: 310)
On July 23, 2012, China Eximbank and Empresa Hidráulica de Chókwe E.P — a state-owned company in Mozambique — signed an RMB 381,600,000 loan agreement for the Chókwe Agro-Processing Complex Project. The project involved the construction of a large agro-industrial complex in the town of Chókwe to store and preserve agricultural produce. More specifically, it involved the development rice farming and livestock breeding, the rehabilitation of irrigation systems, and the establishment of modern processing facilities. Upon completion, it was envisaged that the agro-processing complex in Chókwe would process 20,000 tons of rice per year, and preserve over 800 tons of horticultural products per year. Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) and China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. were the contractors responsible for implementation and their work was undertaken in partnership with Mozambique’s Instituto de Gestão e Participação do Estado (Igepe). A groundbreaking ceremony took place on May 24, 2013. However, construction did not begin until in December 2013. Construction ended in September 2014 and the project was officially completed and handed over to the authorities on April 13, 2015.
This project is also known as the Large-Scale Cold Storage and Agricultural Product Processing Center Project. The Portuguese project title is Modernização do sistema de regadio de Chokwe or Reabilitação do Regadio de Chókwè. The Chinese project title is 席莫桑比克大型冷库及农产品加工中心 or 的大型冷库及农产品加工中心项目 or 大型冷库及农产品加工中心项目 or 莫桑比克邵奎灌溉机械化和农场现代化 or 莫桑比克邵奎灌溉机械化和农场现代化（南区）项目. One official source suggests that the face value of the China Eximbank loan that supported this project was $136 million. However, this appears to be an outlier estimate.
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Receiving agencies [Type]
Empresa Hidráulica de Chókwe E.P., [State-owned Company]; Government of Mozambique [Government Agency]
Implementing agencies [Type]
Beijing Urban Construction Group Co., Ltd. [State-owned Company]; China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. (CAMCE) [State-owned Company]