UN grants Mozambique US$300 million in aid

31 July 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 31 July – The United Nations (UN) has announced it has granted Mozambique a US$300 million in aid to finance governance, human resources and the fight against AIDS in the three-year period between 2007 and 2009, the resident UN coordinator, Marylene Spezzati said.

The amount is the result of a memorandum called “third United Nations framework for assistance to Mozambique,” which will begin on January 1, 2007.

For this purpose, Mozambique’s Foreign Minister, Alcinda Abreu, and UN Coordinator Spezzati signed an agreement in Maputo Thursday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the signing of the agreement, Abreu told journalists that the funding would be channelled for the treatment of AIDS victims with retroviral drugs and to finance projects for local government training.

Spezzati said that the memorandum, “marks the involvement of the United Nations in the development of Mozambique over the next three years.”

The Un will also support nutrition, rural development, science and technology, as part of the governmental Action plan to Reduce Poverty, Spezzati said. (macauhub)