Mozambique may receive second aid package from United States

18 March 2013

The projects funded by the United States as part of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in the amount of US$506.9 million are due to be concluded by the end of June, opening up the way for a second aid package, said Mozambique’s Minister for Planning and Development.

Minister Aiuba Cuereneia noted that initially there had been some problems in terms of public works, particularly on roads and drainage systems, but added that these problems had been overcome.

According to daily newspaper Notícias, on his arrival in Nampula where he will host the 9th Coordinating Council of the Planning and Development Ministry, Cuereneia said that one of the conditions for eligibility for new funding was to have all projects concluded within the lifetime of the programme which, in Mozambique’s case, ends in September.

During a recent visit to Mozambique, the vice president of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which funds the MCA, said that the country had conditions to apply for a second aid package and added that a decision on this would only be made in December.

In September 2008 the United States government approved a programme of aid for Mozambique worth US$506.9 million to be applied over five years in programmes to combat poverty in the provinces of Nampula, Cabo Delgado and Zambézia. (macauhub)