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The Mozambican government has said that all humanitarian assistance operations under the responsibility of the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) will be subject to an external audit to ensure transparency.
Speaking to parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário explained that the reception and management of donations was handled by the INGC in coordination with the World Food Program (WFP).
The INGC periodically publishes a list of donations received, he added.
The government was operating a strategy of development-oriented resettlement, he said, demarcating and distributing land in areas with basic social services such as water supply, electricity, health units, schools and other facilities.
“Our aim is to ensure that all people in the shelters are resettled in the shortest possible time,” the prime minister noted, and the distribution of seeds and tools to enable production in the year’s second growing season was under way.
Agostinho do Rosário told deputies in the Assembly of the Republic that the executive had approved a set of customs and tax facilities for the business sector in the context of the revitalisation of economic activity in the areas affected by cyclones Idai and Kenneth.
The government acknowledged that some challenges remain regarding tranquillity and public safety in some villages in the Mocímboa da Praia, Macomia, Palma and Nangade districts of Cabo Delgado province, but the actions of the Defence and Security Forces were accomplishing the dismemberment and neutralisation of the insurrectionists there.
At the social level, Carlos Agostinho do Rosário said that there had been advances in the areas of education, health, social protection and water supply as a result of the government’s efforts to construct more classrooms and health units, highlighting Quelimane Central Hospital in Zambézia province as an example.
The government was determined to combat corruption, preventing it undermining good service and deterring investment, by ensuring good governance and transparency in the management of public affair, the prime minister said.
The country was experiencing improved political and economic stability, increased production of cereals, vegetables, roots and tubers contributing to increased food availability, and an overall stabilisation of both prices and the value of the metical in the foreign exchange market.
The challenge, he said, was to continue consolidating the gains made thus far so that, in the next few years, the country would see economic growth accelerating, and Mozambicans their living conditions improving.Source: Noticias