Norway to provide electricity to Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

13 February 2007

Oslo, Norway, 13 Feb – Some districts of the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado will be linked up to the electrical grid following a financing agreement signed Monday in Oslo as part of an official visit by Mozambican president, Armando Guebuza to Norway.

The agreement, which is worth 200 million kroner (around US$30 million) was signed by the Mozambican Foreign Minister, Alcinda Abreu, and by Norway’s International Cooperation and Development Minister, Erik Solheim, Mozambican news agency AIM reported.

The Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, said he was happy with the way the Mozambican government had implemented projects financed by Norway and highlighted the participation of Norwegian companies in Mozambique’s development, as is the case with oil company Norsk Hydro, which searches for oil in the Rovuma river basin, in Cabo Delgado province.

Stoltenberg assured that Norway would continue to support Mozambique, both in terms of the bilateral plan, and through the agencies of the United Nations.

Mozambique is one of Norway’s main cooperation partners and is the third largest recipient of public aid from the Scandinavian country, after Tanzania and Afghanistan.

The annual average Norwegian aid to Mozambique is of around US$65 million, with US$18 million as direct budgetary aid, and US$47 million in financing development programs in the power, fishing, health and gas and oil sectors.

Guebuza arrived Monday in Oslo for a three-day official visit. (macauhub)