USAID Promises Increased Aid to Mozambique
Maputo — The administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Rajiv Shah, on Tuesday stressed the desire of the US government to increase its support for Mozambique.
Shah was speaking to reporters immediately after an audience granted by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, who is in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
"Currently, the United States is investing about 400 million dollars a year to assist the people of Mozambique", said Shah. "So we discussed expanding our assistance and increasing the amounts granted, if we manage to obtain the desired results from our aid".
He said his talks with Guebuza continued the contacts between the two men at the last meeting of the World Economic Forum on Africa, held in the South African city of Cape Town in May.
"At that time, President Guebuza gave certain indications that he wanted to work more closely with USAID and with the United States government in the areas of food security and the fight against hunger, as well as to study jointly the establishment of a partnership as an integral part of President Obama's 'Feed the Future' programme", said Shah.
He added that the US government intends to support Mozambique in the areas of agriculture, food security, roads and other infrastructure, to allow the country to improve its agricultural economy and its overall economic performance.
Shah also expressed satisfaction at the anti-malaria programme adopted by the Mozambican government, which has, as one of its main goals, to ensure that every child under five years old, sleeps under an insecticide treated mosquito net.
"These investments are long term and several years will be needed before we achieve the major results we are seeking", he said. "These are the results that ensure that no child dies of malaria, or results that guarantee full food security for Mozambique, despite adverse weather conditions or volatile food prices".
Also on Tuesday, Guebuza received the President of the Comoros, Ikililou Dhoiniine. The Comoro leader said "this was our first meeting since I was elected President (in December 2010). We discussed strengthening our relations of cooperation, and ways of bringing our peoples closer together".
Among the matters discussed was the maritime border between the two countries. Dhoiniine said that an agreement demarcating the border should be signed in the Comoros in October.
On Wednesday, Guebuza is scheduled to speak at the General Assembly in a debate on "The role of mediation in the peaceful solution of conflicts".
Currently, the United States is investing about 400 million dollars a year to assist the people of Mozambique. So we discussed expanding our assistance and increasing the amounts granted, if we manage to obtain the desired results from our aid.