Japanese cooperation agency to fund biofuel production project in Mozambique

29 March 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 29 March – Mozambique’s Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) last Friday in Maputo signed an agreement under the terms of which Japan will provide US$5 million for a five-year project to produce biofuel in Mozambique.

According to newspaper O País, Japan is also expected to provide Mozambique with equipment, which will be used in the process of cultivating jatropha, send specialists to the country and train Mozambican specialists.

The process of executing the project will be led by the University of Tokyo and by technical staff from the Agronomy Faculty of UEM, who are currently agreeing details.

The dean of UEM, Filipe Couto, when the agreement was signed said it was, “a challenged for the Agronomy Faculty to know how to implement this project, not only on paper, not only in articles, but to show where the jatropha is after it is produced, where and how it is produced, where the land is.”

Without providing details of dates, the two sides gave assurances to I País that the project would be launched soon. (macauhub)