Maputo, Mozambique, 28 June – The US first lady, Laura Bush said Wednesday in Maputo that the US would provide Mozambique with US$507 million to rebuild roads, support agriculture and provide general access to drinking water in the country.
Laura Bush was speaking at the Pio X seminar, as part of a one-day visit to Mozambique in order to assess the progress made in the programs to combat AIDS and malaria, launched by US president George W. Bush in 2003.
“I am happy to announce today that, within a few hours, the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation will approve a package of US$507 million for Mozambique,” the first lady said.
Laura Bush said the funding was for “rebuilding roads and supporting agriculture,” and the biggest amount (US$200 million) was to “provide drinking water in urban and rural areas,” in order to contribute to “eliminating the means by which mosquitoes reproduce and providing drinking water to over two million people.”
Laura Bush traveled to Mozambique as part of an African tour that will also take her to Botswana and Zambia, two countries in the sub-region of Southern Africa that also benefit form the President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR). (macauhub)