Donor countries approve US$300 million budgetary aid for Mozambique

17 April 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 April – Mozambique’s international donors agreed an aid package for the country’s budget of around US$300 million for 2007, the local press reported.

The amount agreed by the 18 donor countries or Government Program Aid Partners, is in line with the amount offered in 2006, and follows an annual joint review of the implementation of Mozambique’s strategy to reduce poverty (PARPA), which was carried out in Maputo.

According to Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias, the Government’s Performance Evaluation Framework for 2005 was considered “satisfactory,” with 35 of 49 objectives outlined for 2005 being achieved or partially achieved and 13 still left to be fulfilled.

The donors encouraged the government to speed up reform in the public sector, justices, fighting corruption, financial management and health.

Amongst the government’s priorities for this year are justice, reform of the public sector and infrastructures in rural areas.

The performance of the partners was also positively assessed, with the exception of the need to draw up tables of availability of resources in the medium-term. (macauhub)