Sweden pays out budgetary aid to Mozambique

2 April 2012

Sweden has provided Mozambique with 295 million kroner, or US$44 million, in budgetary aid, the Swedish embassy in Mozambique said Friday in Maputo.

In a statement, the Swedish ambassador, Ulla Andrén, said that Mozambique still faced major challenges and noted the need to adopt continued democratic reforms to boost transparency, provide accounts and combat corruption.

Sweden has been one of Mozambique’s strategic partners for many years and is the fourth-largest contributor to the country’s state budget.

Of its contribution approximately 40 percent is for the state budget and it provides additional aid for agriculture, infrastructure, good governance and to boost national research capacities.

It also provides specific sector support for social protection and natural disasters, as well as supporting civil society and development of the private sector in the northern province of Niassa. (macauhub)