Four Mozambican provinces to receive United States aid funding

11 July 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 July – The Mozambican provinces of Niassa, Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Zambezia are to benefit from an aid donation of US$ 506.9 million from the US, media reported.

The Noticias newspaper said the aid package is being granted by Washington’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and will be applied over five years to water-supply and health projects, highway rehabilitation and the Nacala dam, computerized land registry and support for combat of lethal yellowing disease of coconut palm.

President Armando Guebuza flies to Washington Friday to formalize the US aid package. Mozambique is the twelfth African state to benefit from this type of aid and the second largest recipient after Ghana, which is receiving US$ 547 million from the US.

A statement from the Mozambican presidency, cited by Noticias, said the US aid in question is given to states showing excellent commitment to good governance, development of human capital and the creation of a favorable business climate. (macauhub)

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