Mozambique: World Bank funds water resources

18 February 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Feb – The Mozambican public works minister, Felício Zacarias said Thursday in Maputo that the government needed to improve its interventions in the water resources sector in order to respond to the challenges created by the country’s development.

Zacarias was speaking in the Mozambican capital during a ceremony to launch a Strategy for Supporting Hydro Resources in Mozambique between 2008 and 2011, a project of the World Bank.

According to Mozambican news agency AIM, Len Abrams, who is responsible for the project, said that in order to apply it Mozambique needed US$120 million, with the World Bank contributing US$20-US$35 million and Mozambique and its partners funding the remainder.

Zacarias said that the strategy aimed to respond to the country’s vulnerabilities in this area, namely is dependence on rivers that are shared with other countries.

Nine big rivers cross Mozambique, but just one has its source in the country. (macauhub)