Mozambique’s international partners reiterate pledge to electrify the country

16 March 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 March – Mozambique’s international cooperation partners Thursday reiterated their pledge to continue to support the country’s electrification process, “encouraged by the speed of implementation of the projects underway,” Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The pledge was made during a meeting of the World Bank, Norway, Sweden and Denmark had with Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete, in which updates on the programs were given and strategies defined for the future.

The mission, which met with the Energy minister has been in Mozambique for a few days, and first met with technicians from the National Energy Fund (Funae) and Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), institutions responsible for executing the projects.

The partners support projects to supply power and expand the electricity network as well as to train technicians from the Technical Project Implementation Unit (UTIP) to implement projects.

“We discussed the need to reactivate this unit and boost it with human resources, technicians, materials and funding to ensure that the outlined programs are supervised,” the minister said.

Norway is involved in the electrification and expansion of the network, for example, in Cuamba-Lichinga, and has already signed an agreement for this project.

Sweden is involved in supplying electricity to Niassa province and the World Bank is funding institutional training and skills. (macauhub)

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