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    2 April, 2009
New MoU on budget support
 

The 19 donors and funding agencies that provide direct support to the Mozambican state budget on 18 March signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government that extends this aid for the next five years.

Under the previous MoU the government received $1.689 billion in budget support between 2004 and 2008. The pledges for 2009 budget support amount to $455 million.

The 19 partners are known collectively as the Programme Aid Partners (PAPs). They include the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Commission, most member states of the European Union (prior to its expansion into eastern Europe), plus Norway, Switzerland and Canada. The only major donors not yet providing direct budget support are the United States and Japan.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Minister of Planning and Development, Aiuba Cuereneia, said that there were now fewer conditionalities in the granting of budget support. Under the old memorandum, nine of the PAPs specified "exceptions" to their aid. This has fallen to two.

Cuereneia stressed that government and donors "have made substantial progress in aligning foreign aid with national development priorities, in harmonising practices, and in using the national planning and financial management systems".

The government, he added, is well aware that in addition to foreign aid, poverty reduction over the medium and long term, must involved attracting further flows of investment "because these have the potential to stimulate sustainable economic growth, to create jobs, and to transfer technology and know-how to workers".

Private investment would also establish new companies, and contribute to state revenue through taxes. "The government and the international community have an important role to play in stimulating and encouraging these investment flows", the minister said.

"Economic growth and development cannot come only from foreign aid", he declared, "although this aid is necessary and essential for our development".

The budget for 2009, passed by the Assembly of the Republic, depends on foreign grants and loans for 53 percent of expenditure.

The MoU provides the government with a measure of financial predictability, since the PAPs each give three-year predictions of their budget support allocations by the end of February each year.

 
 
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