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Notícias / Ana Comoana, Council of Minsiters spokesperson addressing the press yesterday in Maputo
The Mozambican government intends to raise the country to the Human Development Index “medium level”, broadening access to fundamental social rights, Council of Ministers spokeswoman Ana Comana told a news conference.
Speaking about the revision of the Social Action Plan, Ana Comoana noted that 46.1 percent of the Mozambican population lived in poverty, a figure which required intensified concerted efforts.
The fight against poverty, she continued, would be more effective if there was a general decentralisation of strategies, empowering local bodies for greater intervention in social assistance.
“There is also a need for more dynamic inter-sectoral coordination,” Comoana said.
Comoana said that the objective of revising the Social Action Plan was to adapt it to the commitments the country had made in the framework of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the African Union (AU), and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Also in yesterday’s session, the cabinet reviewed the report on activities carried out under the 2016 Programme for the Reduction of Urban Poverty, noting that, despite economic adversities, 64 percent of funding, corresponding to 84.3 million meticais of the planned 140 million, was now accounted for.
The fund had supported 2,441 new projects in the different areas of activity, with a focus on trade, livestock and industry at municipality level. Of these, 1,264, or 52 per cent, benefited women.
With regard to reimbursements, in 2016 were collected 28.4 million meticals and with the accumulated since 2011 the amount rises to 138.9 million, corresponding to 24 percent, Comoana reported.Source: Notícias