India supports rural development in Mozambique

24 April 2014

Rural development, particularly of infrastructure and access to markets, is the focus of a memorandum of understanding signed in Maputo by the Indian and Mozambican government, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

Signed by the Mozambican minister for State Administration, Carmelita Namashulua and by the Indian High Commissioner in Mozambique, Pavan Kapoor, the agreement includes drawing up two-year plans in order for the Mozamnbican government to define priority programmes in two-way cooperation.

Speaking after signing the document the minister said that Mozambique and India had similar physical, geographical and historical characteristics and added that, because of that, the needs and way of life in rural areas, both in India and Mozambique are also somewhat similar.

The Indian High Commissioner in Mozambique said he wanted to work towards the memorandum becoming a real tool for development in Mozambique, which, he noted, had cooperated with India since its independence.

Without giving details of the funding involved, Kapoor said that in order to carry out the project the two governments would work together to establish priorities.

However, he noted that since 2010 when President Armando Guebuza visited India, the Asian country had provided Mozambique with over US$600 million to fund development activities. (macauhub/MZ)