Donors grant 474 million euros for Mozambique state budget

27 June 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 June – The 18 countries and institutions that finance the Mozambican state budget announced they would grant 474 million euros for the 2007 budget, or double the figure for this year, but demanded rapid reforms.

The coordinator of the G-18 and Dutch ambassador in Maputo, Lidi Remmelzwaal, confirmed that the figure represented, “more or less double” what the group of international donors made available in 2006, saying that the increase was due to increased confidence in Mozambique.

However, she warned that the Mozambican government needed to speed up the country’s process of reform.

In the last bilateral revision meeting, the donors had already called on Armando Guebuza’s government to speed up reforms in sectors that promoted democracy and good governance, taking into account targets set for 2005.

“the work we have done on fighting poverty is encouraging but these efforts have to turn into concrete results in the villages,” Remmelzwaal said.

Remmelzwaal said that as a result of the support, the Mozambican government would be able to carry out its plans for building more schools, healthcare centers, sanitation and programs for combating HIV/AIDS. (macauhub)