Maputo, Mozambique, 14 Sept – The group of partners that provides direct support to the Mozambican state budget is expected to pay out between US$700 and US$800 million in 2012, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.
The newspaper added that at a meeting held last weekend in Inhambane the representatives of the Group of 19 (G19) and the countries that support sector programmes had declined to name specific figures but announced their commitment to continue supporting Mozambique.
If it goes ahead, the amount paid out in 2012 it will represent, at the least, the average aid provided by the donor countries and organisations over the last five years.
The minister for Planning and Development, Aiuba Cuereneia, told Notícias that the maintenance of the aid amounts was due to a memorandum of understanding between the government and its partners that was being fulfilled for a large number of the established indicators.
The meeting in Inhambane was attended by representatives of the G19 and countries such as Japan, Brazil, the United States and the United Nations.
The Canadian ambassador, Alain Latulippe, who heads the G19, said that by the end of October the aid that each country will provide for Mozambique’s development projects will be announced. (macauhub)