Aid from United States to Mozambique going according to plan

8 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 June – The execution of the US$507-million aid package given to Mozambique by the United States federal government via the Millennium Challenge corporation (MCC), is going according to plan, said the Mozambican minister for Planning and Development, Aiuba Cuereneia.

The aid package, which is intended to introduce improvements in the supply of drinking water to the population and to urban sanitation, road repairs, land planning and promotion of agriculture in four provinces, was signed in 2007 and came into force in 2008 under the management of the Millennium Challenge Account – Moçambique.

The minister said that over the last two and half years the focus had been on carrying out feasibility studies and social and environmental impact studies, as well as drawing up engineering projects and hiring consulting companies and contractors to carry out the MCA’s various projects.

During the ceremony to sign the contract for refurbishment of the Nacala dam, Cuereneia noted that in that period, the Mozambican government had been faced with the rise in the cost of the work, due to fuel price increases, which had led to a re-prioritisation of the projects included in the aid package, given that each project requires a financial contribution from Mozambique.

“We thus expect to carry out projects to repair the water supply systems of the cities of Nampula and Nacala, refurbishment of the drainage system in the city of Quelimane and repairs on National Road number 1 along the Rio Ligonha-Nampula and Namialo-Rio Lúrio sections totalling 253 kilometres,” he said. (macauhub)