“Macedonia’s transport ministry has said it plans to invest 16.749 billion denars ($335.8 million/272.3 million euro) in road maintenance, rehabilitation and construction projects in 2018.

The government plans to use a loan from Export-Import Bank of China (EXIM Bank) for the construction of the Kicevo-Ohrid and Miladinovci-Stip sections of the M2 motorway, the transport ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

In June, Macedonia’s prime minister Zoran Zaev said the construction of Kicevo-Ohrid and Miladinovci-Stip sections was being delayed by mistakes in their design as well as property issues. Macedonia’s transport minister Goran Sugareski said in July that construction works on the section Kicevo-Ohrid were suspended for 13 months and mistakes in its design caused losses of 120 million euro ($148 million) to the state budget.” (See News)