President of the European Commission gives assurance that EU will continue to provide aid to Mozambique

20 July 2012

The European Union (EU) will continue to provide support to Mozambique, the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso said Thursday in Maputo after signing three deals worth 36 million euros for local development, civil society and democratic institutions.

The agreements for projects focused on local economic development (22 million euros), support for non-state players (5 million euros) and the Rule of Law (9 million) were signed by the deputy Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister, Henrique Banze and by the head of the EU delegation in Maputo, Paulo Malin.

The agreement with the largest funding, of 22 million euros, is for projects in the deprived districts of Sofala, Inhambane, and Gaza provinces in order to boost their production capacity and productivity.

The funding for the second aid package, of 9 million euros, will be applied at institutions such as the country’s parliament, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Office to Combat Corruption, and the third deal, with funding of 5 million euros, will support civil society, specifically with activities focused on young people.

Barroso also said that the EU was Mozambique’s main trading partner and biggest direct investor as well as providing the most development aid to Mozambique. (macauhub)