USA donates US$6 billion to Mozambique over 30 years

30 December 2015

Over the last 30 years the United States has donated almost US$6 billion to Mozambique, said the outgoing ambassador Douglas Griffiths in a farewell letter.

In the letter, the ambassador said the US wants “nothing but the best” for Mozambique, “because we firmly believe that the success of one country benefits all the others.”

Referring to the amount of US$6 billion, Griffiths said this amount had not been provided as loans but as donations, particularly for development projects in health, education, agriculture and support to improve the business climate.

Griffiths said Mozambique was one of the most successful countries in meeting the millennium development goals, particularly in increasing child life expectancy, but noted that the country needed to introduce policies that streamline the economy and encourage job creation.

The ambassador said in the letter that the fastest route to economic success was to opening up rather than creating barriers through complicated regulations, which are excessive and costly, adding that such success “should focus on supporting small and medium enterprises, young entrepreneurs and foreign companies.” (macauhub/MZ)