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    6 May, 2010
Decentralisation key in anti-poverty struggle - President Guebuza
 
Dar es Salaam, 6 May (AIM) - Decentralisation is key to the fight against poverty, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza declared in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference during the second day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, President Guebuza said his government was intent on decentralising power "to the people in rural areas, at district level, and give voice to the poor, to people who normally don't have a voice".

He added that, in terms of economic development, the Mozambican government is fully aware of "the need to go beyond mega-projects" (such as the MOZAL aluminium smelter).

"We need more horizontal development", said President Guebuza. Development in areas such as tourism would create jobs and wealth, which would gradually lessen Mozambique's dependence on the donor community.

"We are not trying to end our cooperation with donor countries", he stressed. "There are many areas where we can cooperate. But in terms of the state budget though, we do want to lessen our dependence".

Asked about corruption, President Guebuza insisted "this is not an African disease", but had been brought to the continent from outside. Mozambique was tackling the scourge of corruption by simplifying procedures, and eliminating red tape.

As for the legal system, President Guebuza said this "must react speedily, whenever there are conflicts involving investors".

Asked about the environmental impact of large investments, President Guebuza said the government attempted to protect the environment through the environmental impact assessments ordered by the Environment Ministry (MICOA).

When projects were under implementation, MICOA had the responsibility to follow them closely, and ensure that the terms of contracts and authorizations are not violated. Through MICOA, "we don't allow things to go ahead, unless they are safe".

Asked by a South Korean journalist what model Mozambique is now following, President Guebuza replied "why should we always look for models? We have plenty of experience of models that were imposed on us".
 
 
  2 December, 2019  
 
AIDS related deaths fell 20 percent over five years
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 1 December in the northern city of Nampula that the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in Mozambique fell by 20 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

 
  18 November, 2019  
 
President addresses Catholic Bishops
 
President Filipe Nyusi on 16 November challenged the Catholic Church to continue its commitment to achieving the social well-being of Mozambicans and indicated that dialogue should be one of the paths chosen.

 
  17 November, 2019  
 
New water system for Gorongosa inaugurated
 
More than 30,000 people will benefit from clean drinking water in Gorongosa town, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, thanks to a new water supply system that President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on 15 November.

 


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