Mozambique: There are signs which may attract foreign investment
FILE: For illustration purposes only. [File photo: Lusa]
Japan will provide $546 million (€500 million) in aid for the reconstruction of areas affected by cyclone Idai, which affected Mozambique in March 2019, as announced on Tuesday.
“Japan’s contribution will be aimed at restoration, improving access roads in rural areas and ensuring resilience,” reads a statement from the Japanese embassy in Maputo.
The amount will be channelled to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which will improve resilience in the affected areas of Manica Province, in the centre of the country, creating employment for the local community, allowing for the creation of income.
Japan says this is a humanitarian and development action that will involve communities and local contractors to introduce innovative and low-cost techniques in building roads and bridges and reactivate the local economy.
The 2018/2019 rainy season was one of the most severe in memory: 714 people died, including 648 victims of two cyclones (Idai and Kenneth) that hit Mozambique.
The damage to the road network, drainage system, bridges and other infrastructure is significant, affecting 239 kilometres of roads.
Just in: Total confirms Covid-19 case in Afungi, Mozambique - Zitamar