Maputo, Mozambique, July 19 – Mozambique needs to invest around 218 million euros every year until 2010 to improve infrastructures in the suburbs of its cities, a specialist has said.
José Foraz, head of the Architecture and Planning Faculty at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), gave the estimate of the funding needed at a conference on urban planning on Wednesday.
Delegates told the conference that 28.6 percent of Mozambicans live in urban areas and 75 percent of the population reside in impoverished non-urban zones with rapid population growth.
Foraz said Mozambique could become classified as an “urban country” by 2015, when more than half the population lives in cities.
“Increased investment is needed on schools, hospitals, access roads and housing to create satisfactory conditions of life in urban poor areas.”
To face this challenge, said Foraz, Mozambique needs foreign financial assistance, as local resources for urban development are insufficient. (macauhub)