Mozambique: The Netherlands to continue supporting Mozambique

19 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 May – The Netherlands plans to continue supporting Mozambique to overcome the effects of the international financial crisis, the Dutch Cooperation and Development Minister, Bert Koenders said in Maputo.

The Netherlands is one of 19 donor countries and international agencies that support Mozambique’s state budget and in 2008 provided funding of US$96 million.

At the end of an audience with Prime Minister Luisa Diogo, Koenders said that the Dutch government would this year decide the amount of funding needed for Mozambique to overcome the effects of the international financial crisis.

The minister noted that the Dutch government’s efforts to encourage Dutch companies to invest in Mozambique. His delegation on this visit to the East African country included representatives from 31 companies that plan to look into the opportunities offered by Mozambique.

During a public speech given Friday, Koenders said he was concerned about the “growing gap” between the rich and poor in Mozambique, according to a Canal de Moçambique newsletter.

The Dutch minister warned that Mozambique was not making enough progress in relation to the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2000, and that “extraordinary” efforts needed to be made for those targets to be met by 2015. (macauhub)