Managua, Mar 1.- Ninety-five percent of the machinery used in Nicaragua in road construction and maintenance comes from cooperation with Japan, Transportation Minister Pablo Fernandez Martinez said on Thursday.
In 2008, the country received an eight-million-dollar donation in equipment to improve highways and roads, to which another million was added to ensure spare parts, said the official, who also apreciated Japan's technical assistance.
He said that over the past 20 years, Japanese collaboration reached one billion dollars with about 350 million specifically for infrastructure projects, including equipment.
The story made headlines again after President Daniel Ortgea on Wednesday inaugurated the construction of the Santa Fe bridge over the San Juan River, whose execution is backed by 30 million dollars from the Asian nation and the intervention of Japanese designers and engineers.
According to Martinez, the viaduct, scheduled for completion in April 2014, will be an important international corridor to promote trade, tourism and other economic activities on behalf of Central American integration. (Prensa Latina)