President of Mozambique says state of the nation “is good”

19 December 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 Dec – The President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, Monday said that the country was currently going through a good phase in his annual state of the nation speech to the country’s parliament in Maputo.

“the state of the nation is good and we look to the future with optimism,” said the Mozambican head of state, basing his evaluation on the progress the country has made in fighting absolute poverty, which affects around half of the 19 million population.

Guebuza said that the fight against absolute poverty was a “national objective,” and praised his government’s focus on the country’s districts which are home to most of its poor.

Over the next few years, district authorities will have their powers increased as part of the strategy for decentralization outlined by the Maputo government in order to better fight poverty, Guebuza said.

“Poverty has weaknesses and can be beaten,” Guebuza said, noting that the government was focused on fighting bureaucracy, tuberculosis, AIDS and crime. (macauhub)