German Cooperation Minister visits Mozambique from 11 to 13 January

11 January 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Jan – Germany’s Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Dirk Niebel, arrives in Mozambique today on a two-day visit to assess the current state of bilateral cooperation and of projects financed by his government.

Niebel’s visit is part of a tour of African countries which will also take him to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, indicates a note released on Friday in Maputo by the Mozambican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

“Dirk Niebel will head a delegation of about 60 members, among them members of parliament and leading figures in the German economy,” the note states.

The German minister will meet members of the government and representatives of other Mozambican entities. He will also visit projects financed by Germany in the central province of Sofala.

Germany is one of the main donors to the Mozambican budget and provides backing for programmes involving basic and vocational education, macroeconomic development and decentralisation in the provinces of Inhambane in the south and Sofala and Manica in the centre of the country.