Japan to fund construction of five bridges and combating malaria in Mozambique

24 January 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 Jan – The Japanese government is set to grant US$4 million in funding for construction of five bridges in the Mozambican provinces of Zambezia and Tete and will also finance a project to combat malaria, officials said.

The announcement was made Tuesday by the Japanese embassy in Maputo as part of the official visit by Mozambican president, Armando Guebuza to Japan since Sunday.

Under the terms of the agreement that was signed at a ceremony in Japan attended by Guebuza and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, Japan will finance the rebuilding of five bridges, which will improve road links for 550,000 people in the area.

The Tokyo government also pledged to fund the fight against malaria by providing 605,000 mosquito nets, which will reach 1.2 million inhabitants in the provinces of Inhambane (south), Manica and Sofala (center) and Cabo Delgado and Nampula (north), with priority given to pregnant women and children under five.

During his visit to Japan, due to end Wednesday, Guebuza has invited Japanese companies to invest in Mozambique, inviting them to take part in the international tender, due to be launched this year, for oil and natural gas concessions in the country.

Mozambique has proven reserves of around 3.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas in Inhambane province, which are added to opportunities in other regions for oil and coal prospecting and exploration. (macauhub)