Sweden and Ireland to continue funding Mozambique’s Niassa province

15 January 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Jan – Direct funding from Sweden and Ireland for Mozambique’s Niassa province totaled 180 million meticals in 2006, the provincial governor, Arnaldo Bimbe told newspaper, Notícias.

The funds supplied directly by Sweden and Ireland – The Common Fund – are mainly to support Education, water supply needs and roads, although they include other components such as institutional support for the provincial government, granting scholarships to state workers and young people who want to go on to higher education.

“Both Sweden and Ireland have said they can increase direct support for our province’s budget. One of the signs of that is that the amount of funding provided in 2006 could be maintained or even increased depending on how quickly the project are carried out,” said Bimbe.

Sweden also funds civil society and the private sector via the Malonda Foundation, with programs coordinated by the Swedish Cooperation Center, a Swedish non-governmental organization (NGO).

via its International Development Agency Sweden has also provided exclusive direct funding for the first phase of construction of the Litunde/Ruasse road, which has been asphalted as far as the town of Marrupa.

This year the project will move ahead with the construction of the section needed to link the cities of Lichinga, in Niassa province, and Montepuez, in Cabo Delgado province, by an overall stretch of some 500 kilometers, also funded by the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Japanese government.

Ireland is also providing funding for the refurbishment and extension of the Lichinga and Cuamba hospitals as well as construction of the Lichinga sports pavilion and setting up the Public Administration Training Institution (IFAPA). (macauhub)