Maputo, Mozambique, 25 March – The chairman of the Group of 19 (G19) partners that provide direct aid to the Mozambican state budget said Wednesday in Maputo that payments would be provided according to the schedule agreed by both sides.
Kari Alanko, who is also the Finnish ambassador to Mozambique, also said that the result of talks that the group had had with the government since December was good and that donors believed that the programme of reforms that the government has pledged to implement over the next 12 months and the following years would bring improvements to the country.
For this year, under the terms of a memorandum of understanding signed recently, the G19 committed to provide a total of US$427 million in budgetary aid for 2010, accounting for around 11.9 percent of the total budget for this year.
In his turn the Minister for Planning and Development, Aiuba Cuereneia, said on the same occasion that G19 payments had already started and that so far the group of partners had provided some US$150 million, from the World Bank, Spain and Italy amongst others.
Mozambique receives several types of foreign aid, such as support for projects or sectors (such as Health or Education), technical assistance, humanitarian aid, co-funding, triangular aid and budgetary aid. (macauhub)