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South Korea is to provide US$7 million to support road safety initiatives in Mozambique, signing a memorandum of understanding to that effect on Wednesday of this week.
Official figures reveal that 769 people died in 698 traffic accidents on Mozambique’s roads in the first six months of this year alone. In this period, road accidents were the leading cause of death in the country.
“Various parts of the country exhibit weaknesses in road safety, and this an issue that concerns us, and makes us want to help Mozambique,” South Korean ambassador to Mozambique Yeo Sung Jun said.
The US$7 million will be spread over the next four years, and South Korean technicians will possibly assist in the various programmes undertaken.
“The signing of the memorandum results from the fruitful collaboration between the different sectors and entities seeking solutions to the challenges posed by the road safety issue, highlighting the need to reduce deaths,” Mozambique Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, said.
The minister explained how the funding would be spent, detailing the “physical improvement of accident black points, especially around schools close to main roads; equipping a traffic control and misdemeanour monitoring centre; establishing a National Road Safety Master Plan; institutional capacity-building and training of managers and technicians of the National Institute of Land Transportation; and road safety campaigns.”
The Memorandum of Understanding on road safety signed between Mozambique and South Korea comes in the context of the National Road Safety Policy and Plan approval process.
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