The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States of America decided last week it would not provide a second aid programme to Mozambique, news website All Africa reported.
At a quarterly meeting the board of directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which manages an aid programme directed at African countries, decided that only Lesotho met the conditions needed to put forward a proposal for approval of a second aid programme.
The decision comes at a time when Mozambique has concluded the first five-year aid programme, worth US$506.9 million to be used, focusing on projects to supply water and sanitation and increase agricultural production in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Niassa, Nampula and Zambézia.
However, eligibility for the second aid package was conclusion of all the projects in the first aid programme, which Mozambique did not manage to do for three of what were considered to be the most important project, allegedly due to delays by contractors.
The MCC’s decision surprised the Mozambican government and the minister for Planning and Development, Aiuba Cuerenia said that Mozambique had met almost all the MCC’s criteria and that the government had even used some of its own funds to carry out the work. (macauhub)