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    19 September, 2018
Government approves water management plan
 
Maputo, 19 Sep (AIM) – The Mozambican government on 18 September approved a National Water Resource Management Plan for the next 20 years that will cost an estimated US$28 billion.

Announcing the plan at the end of the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers (Cabinet), the government spokesperson, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ana Comoana, said the plan envisages the sustainable use of the river basins which Mozambique shares with other member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Comoana said the plan will be financed through the Mozambican state budget and aid from the country’s foreign cooperation partners, and its main purpose is to assess the availability of water resources.

“The objective of the plan is to assess current and future demand for water”, she continued, adding that it would prioritise the construction of water storage infrastructures. Comoana did not say where these might be, but the government has previously stated that among its top priorities are new dams at Mpanda Nkua, on the Zambezi River, about 60 kilometres downstream from the existing Cahora Bassa dam, and at Mapai, in the Limpopo basin in the southern province of Gaza.

The plan would promote integrated management of water resources, taking into account the specific nature of each river basin. There would be a portfolio of short, medium and long-term projects for the sustainable and efficient exploitation of water resources.

Comoana said the government also intends to invest over $300,000 over the next seven years in implementing the Fourth National Plan for the Advancement of Women, which is intended to promote gender equality.

This plan, Comoana said, will look in detail at how women are excluded from key development sectors.  The government hopes that the plan will coordinate inter-sector activities to ensure the empowerment of women.

“The plan seeks to promote gender equality in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres”, said Comoana, and was in line with the Sustainable Development Goals for 2015 to 2030 approved by the United Nations.
(AIM)
 
 
  13 May, 2019  
 
Anadarko reaches agreement with JERA and CPC
 
The Anadarko Petroleum Corporation on Monday announced that the Mozambique LNG1 Company, owned by Anadarko and its partners in exploiting the natural gas in Area One of the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA)

 
  13 May, 2019  
 
Cyclone Idai wiped out over 80,000 hectares of crops
 
A complete assessment of the impact of cyclone Idai on Mozambican agriculture shows that it devastated 813,000 hectares of crops in the 71 districts affected by the cyclone, according to Agriculture Minister Higino de Marrule.

 
  10 May, 2019  
 
More than a quarter of a million new electricity connections
 
New connections to the national electricity grid benefitted 257,490 households in 2018, according to the chairperson of Mozambique’s publicly-owned electricity company, EDM, Aly Sicola.

 


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