France grants 40 million-euro loan to Mozambique for its water supply system

20 March 2012

The French government plans to contribute 40.9 million euros for expansion of the water supply project in the Mozambican cities of Maputo and Matola and for training healthcare workers in Mozambique under the terms of two deals signed Monday in Maputo.

Of that amount, 40 million euros will be provided by a loan for the water supply project in the two southern Mozambican cities, and the remaining 900,000 euros are a donation to be used to increase training in anaesthesia and resuscitation.

Finance Minister Manuel Chang, who signed the agreements on behalf of Mozambique, said that the water supply project was intended to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, increasing the number of people benefitting from a drinking water supply from 880,000 residents currently to 1.5 million by 2014.

In his turn, France’s ambassador to Mozambique, Christian Diziano, said that the donation of 900,000 euros was intended to train 10 doctors and 10 training staff for nurses in anaesthesia and resuscitation in operating theatres.

France has provided aid to Mozambique since 1981 and its activities have focused on the infrastructure sector (urban water, energy, transport, and telecommunications) and the environment, specifically tourism development near protected areas. (macauhub)