Mozambique: The Netherlands funds and supports research centre in Mozambique

16 July 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 July – A water and energy research centre is soon due to be set up in Mozambique, as part of a scientific cooperation programme set up with the Netherlands, according to a report in Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The paper added that a feasibility study to set up the centre would be carried out next year, with the support of the Dutch government and the Delft Technological University.

The research programme for water and sustainable energy includes training of five Mozambicans with PhDs and 10 Mozambicans and 8 Dutch with masters degrees.

The project, which is due to begin next year, will also involve Mozambican students from Eduardo Mondlane University with bachelor’s degrees.

According to Humberto Saveije, professor and researcher at Delft Technological University and one of the members of the Dutch mission working in Maputo, in an initial stage the programme will be implemented at Vila do Milénio in Chibuto, Gaza province, with a view to providing technical and scientific support to production there, especially in the areas of agriculture, animal husbandry, irrigation systems and sustainable management of local resources and businesses.

A Dutch scientific mission that recently visited Vila do Milénio said that Mozambique had conditions to carry out the project. (macauhub)