The 19 countries and institutions that provide funding for around half of the Mozambican State Budget have given assurances of their support for government activities in 2013, said the coordinator of the Programme Support Partners, Canada’s Ambassador to Mozambique, Alain Latulippe, who is now die to stand down from his position.
The Canadian ambassador said that there was a, “satisfactory base to continue providing budgetary aid in 2013,” and gave assurances that, between the end of May and beginning of June, cooperation partners would pay out the funding needed for sector projects in the next year.
However, the ambassador, who was speaking on behalf of the so-called Group of 19 (G19) said that the partners wanted the Mozambican authorities to, “speed up the fight against corruption by implementing strategies that are in place, as well as the continued improvement of the country’s legal framework.”
During the meeting between the G19 and the Mozambican government the donors said they also wanted greater transparency in management of public finances and greater involvement by the country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), including publication of contracts, use of revenues, and environmental issues.
The quality of teaching, particularly at primary level, and the need to speed up execution of the Strategic Plan for the Education Sector are also amongst the demands made by the G19. (macauhub)