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The German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Muller, on Sunday announced in Maputo that German aid will support Mozambican agriculture and energy over the next two years in the contexts of poverty relief efforts.
Muller, who was speaking to journalists after an audience with the Minister of Economy and Finance, Adriano Maleiane, said that German support seeks to transform Mozambique into a centre of innovation, taking into account the agro-ecological conditions the country offers.
“The fulcral point of our support over the next two years will be agriculture and energy programmes for the rural areas”, he said. “But the basis for everything is peace and tolerance, because only thus will Mozambique have the possibility of a marvellous future”.
Muller stressed that good governance and the fight against corruption are challenges that must be taken into account, if Mozambique is to become a prosperous country.
Maleiane said that the meeting assessed the results achieved in the bilateral cooperation between Mozambique and Germany, and discussed prospects for the next bilateral meeting, due to be held in Berlin in October.
Maleiane said that currently German support is 89.5 million euros (about 104 million US dollars) for a programme running from 2016 to 2018, covering the areas of education, good governance, agriculture, trade and improving the business environment.
Maleiane said the meeting also discussed Mozambique’s next general elections, scheduled for 2019. The government hoped that Germany would be able to provide financial support, since he was sure that the elections would require “additional efforts”.
On Sunday Muller also met with Ivone Soares, head of the parliamentary group of the main opposition party, Renamo, before flying to Beira to look at economic projects supported by the German Development Bank, KfW.Source: AIM
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