Japan’s Prime Minister announces aid to Mozambique of US$672 million over five years

13 January 2014

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, said Sunday in Maputo it had that Japan would provide aid to Mozambique of US$672 million over the next five years for development projects including infrastructure and agricultural development.

The support, which covers other areas of cooperation, was signed at the end of talks held Sunday between the Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza, and the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on an official visit to Mozambique since Saturday.

The aid package includes construction projects for a thermal power plant and the Higher Institute for Health Sciences.

A memorandum of understanding was also signed between the two countries for interchange between the Mozambican Institute of Agrarian Research (IIAM) and the Japanese Centre for International Agrarian Science Research.

In the education sector the two countries signed an agreement for academic research between Eduardo Mondlane University and Akita University and UniLúrio, a state university based in Nampula, will also cooperate with Ahime University.

At the end f the meeting, the Mozambican President praised the agrarian project between Mozambique, Brazil and Japan (Pró-Savana), noting that the project was intended to benefit Mozambican farmers and the Prime Minister of Japan said that it was an example of international cooperation for development. (macauhub)