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Notícias / Deputy Foreign Minister Nyeleti Mondlane and the German ambassador Detlev Wolter.
Mozambique and Germany on Wednesday in Maputo signed an agreement under which 15 million euro will be made available for the second phase of a project to modernise the electricity network.
The project, which is due to begin this year, will improve the electricity supply to the Beluluane Industrial Park and residential areas in Matola in the southern province of Maputo.
The accord was signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Nyeleti Mondlane and the German ambassador Detlev Wolter.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mondlane explained that energy is one of the main pillars of the government’s strategic plan due to its role in economic transformation and social inclusion. She added that, as well as expanding access to energy and boosting economic activity, the agreement should lead to a reduction in the asymmetries in development between rural and urban areas.
The minister stressed that the project will make the electricity network increasingly robust and thus have the capacity to meet growing demand and the needs of economic diversification.
Mondlane recalled that in March the two countries signed technical and financial accords establishing support for the sectors of education, sustainable economic development, and public finances, as well as support for an electricity transmission line between Mozambique and Malawi. These agreements were valued at more than 157 million euros.
She pointed out that “today’s signing demonstrates the consistency and commitment of Germany to a real partnership with mutual responsibility”.
Mondlane stressed that these agreements are the fruit of the commitments made by the leaders of both countries during the visit of President Filipe Nyusi to Germany in April 2016.
Ambassador Wolter explained that this project will involve the construction of a new 66/33 kV substation and a new low tension network for the industrial park. This will allow the park to be connected to the electricity grid.
He added that the project will also enable the electricity company EDM to construct an electricity network in the neighbourhood of Mavoco.
The ambassador stressed “we are convinced that this support is yet another contribution to a virtuous cycle of economic development and industrialisation in the country”.
Mateus Magala, the chairperson of EDM, pointed out that the project should have begun eight months ago, but was delayed due to the suspension of financial support to Mozambique by some countries.Source: AIM
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