Lisbon, Portugal, 13 Dec – Mozambique is the second-largest beneficiary of an aid package that the European Union (EU) is providing to 31 sub-Saharan African countries at the end of the EU/Africa Summit, and has been granted a total of 622 million euros.
In a list headed up by Ethiopia with 674 million euros, the aid provided to Mozambique is aimed at helping the country to improve its transport infrastructure, regional and agricultural integration and rural development by 2013.
Amongst the remaining Portuguese-speaking Africa countries on the list, Guinea Bissau is placed 21st, with 102.8 million euros and Sao Tome and Principe in 30th place with 17.1 million euros.
Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, Guinean finance minister Issufo Sanhá said that the EU aid was “very important” and noted that the amount would be used in five different areas: conflict prevention and reforming the security forces (27 million euros), power and water projects (26 million), direct budgetary support (32 million), civil society initiatives (15 million) and emergency food programs (2.8 million).
Sao Tome and Principe is expected to use its 17.1 million euros for its land transport policies. (macauhub)