World Bank funds Health and Communications in Mozambique

20 July 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 July – The Mozambican government and the World Bank Friday in Maputo signed two agreements to provide the country with funding of US$76.5 million for projects in the health and communications infrastructure sectors.

Of the total funding recently approved by the executive board of directors of the World Bank in Washington, US$44.6 million are to support the Health sector and the remainder is to fund the development of communications infrastructures and services.

The second agreement aims to support the Government in the process of licensing the third mobile telephony operator in the country, the acquisition of Internet services for universities and other government institutions and expansion of the electronic governance platform.

The minister for Planning and Development, Aiuba Cuereneia noted that the health project aimed to increase access to health in isolated areas of the provinces of Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado, and would be carried out over a six-year period.

“In this period and as part of this project, the Mozambican government will invest US$72.4 million, of which US$44.6 million are funded by the World Bank, US$15.6 million by the Canadian government, US$4.3 million by Switzerland and US$7.9 million by Russia,” said the minister.

Cuereneia also said that the communication infrastructure project, budgeted to cost US$31 million, would be carried out by the ministries for Science and Technology and Transport and communication, and would be carried out over five years. (macauhub)