United Kingdom plans to continue funding development in Mozambique

15 February 2013

The United Kingdom plans to continue funding development underway in Mozambique in order to maintain the current rate of rapid growth, the British deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said in Maputo according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, de Maputo.

Clegg also gave assurances that the United Kingdom was interested in funding execution of Mozambique’s development initiatives and challenges, as well as it rapid economic growth.

The UK deputy Prime Minister, who is visiting Mozambique, said that at his meeting with the country’s President, along with bilateral issues he spoke about the UK’s plans for when it takes up the leadership of the G8, which is due to happen this year.

“We plan on working with Mozambique’s government and those of other countries in the region in the areas of tax and finance, investment transparency, particularly for the extractive industries,” he noted.

During the visit Clegg announced the creation of a fund worth US$550 million so that 1 million girls in 22 countries can go to school.

In Mozambique the programme is expected to cover 39,000 socially-excluded girls including 9,000 who do not yet attend school, in order to allow them to finish primary and secondary school.

The British initiative to “Promote the advancement of girls in Mozambique” will be carried out over three years in the Mozambican provinces of Tete, Manica and Gaza, by a group led by Save The Children and other non-governmental organisations in cooperation with the Ministries of Education and for Women and Social Action. (macauhub)