Japanese International Cooperation Agency Japan to support Mozambican development

22 February 2012

Tokyo, Japan, 22 Feb – The Japanese International Cooperation agency (JICA) plans to carry out a number of development projects in Mozambique over the next five years, the vice president of the Japanese International cooperation agency (JICA), Tsuneo Kurokawa said in Tokyo.

During a meeting of the Mozambican Prime Minister, Aires Ali with members of the Sub-Saharan Africa Commission of Keidanren, the Japanese employers’ organisation, Tsuneo Kurokawa said that under the terms of Japan’s 4th Plan of Action for Cooperation with Africa (Ticad IV), Japan planned by 2016 to support development of the Maputo and Nacala corridors, with a particular focus on the latter.

Also according to the vice president of JICA, as well as drawing up a development strategy for the Nacala corridor, the agency will fund work on the Nampula/Cuamba and Cuamba/Lichinga road, to supply water and sanitation, as well as improving education and training facilities.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, the vice president of JICA noted that his country was interested in developing projects in the energy, human resources, industrial, infrastructure construction and agricultural development sectors, particularly through ProSavana, an initiative focused on production of soy and other agricultural products.

During his visit to Japan Prime Minister Aires Ali met with his Japanese counterpart, Yoshihiko Noda, and was also received by the chairmen of Mitsui and Nippon Steel, both companies with interests in Mozambique. (macauhub)