Strategic plan for Mozambique’s Sofala province aims to reduce rate of poverty

14 February 2011

Beira, Mozambique, 14 Feb – The strategic plan for Mozambique’s Sofala province, launched Friday in the city of Beira, will cost 230 million meticals and aims to reduce the rate of poverty from 58 percent to 40 percent, according to the Mozambican press.

The plan is structured around several so-called pillars, notably human and social development, economic development and good governance and aims to reduce poverty to 40 percent by 2020, by increasing production and productivity, developing basic social services and social and political stability.

According to the Prime Minister, Aires Ali, who launched the plan, its importance does not only lie in the guidelines for the players involved in the economic and social dynamics on which the country’s, and the province’s, development is based, but also on the inclusive and participation-based nature of drawing up the document.

Ali said that the Sofala 2010/2020 strategic plan would be seen as a tool to drive the population’s entrepreneurial capacities and a more pro-active stance of the province’s state and non-state players, with a view to responding to the country’s development needs. (macauhub)