Japan ready to give Mozambique more aid, says official

19 January 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 Jan – Japan is preparing to “mobilize more aid” for Mozambique and boost its contribution to the development of the Lusophone African state, Japan’s ambassador to Maputo, Tatsuya Miki, has said.

Speaking Thursday about the upcoming visit of Mozambican President Armando Guebuza to Japan, Miki said Tokyo’s provision of more aid was due to the “good management of funds already granted” to the African country.

Japan is among Mozambique’s primary aid partners and contributes around 15.3 million euros per year, mainly to fund projects in the health, education, agriculture and infrastructure projects.

Japan has contributed a total 460 million euros in aid to Mozambique over the last 30 years, said Tokyo’s envoy to Maputo, adding that his country has given preferential access to its markets to a range of Mozambican products. (macauhub)