Maputo, Mozambique, 19 May – Australia to contribute 17.5 million Australian dollars to a water supply and sanitation project in the Mozambican provinces of Maputo, Nampula and Cabo Delgado, the Australian prime ministers envoy to Mozambique, Neil Mules said Wednesday in Maputo.
Speaking to state newspaper Notícias, Mules said that the funding, which would be provided via the World Bank, would be applied to improving infrastructures and training administrative staff involved in managing the systems as well as to supporting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that work in the sector.
Mules, who has been in Mozambique since Tuesday to meet wit the Mozambican authorities, said that the project had been designed for the districts of Mozambique Island, in Nampula and Mocímboa da Praia, in Cabo Delgado, as well as some residential neighbourhoods of the city of Maputo.
Mozambique is one of the countries that have approved projects for the “African Water Facility” – an initiative of the Council of Ministers of the African Union – to which the Australian government has contributed around US$5 million for the 2009-2010 period.
Mozambique is also one of the 12 countries benefitting from the World Bank’s regional water and sanitation programme for Africa, which also has Australia’s support.
Alongside this, according to Mules, Australia has approved additional funding of 90 million Australian dollars to support development programmes in Africa, as part of its global cooperation strategy, which is now paying particular attention to Portuguese-speaking African countries.
The Australian diplomat, who is accompanied by the country’s high commissioner for Mozambique residing in Pretoria, said that the fact that Mozambique was also a member state of the Commonwealth gave it a special status in multilateral relations, considering Australia’s interest in developing relations with Portuguese-speaking countries. (macauhub)