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Humanitarian aid to benefit 240,000 drought-hit Mozambicans

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- About 240,000 people from the provinces of Tete, Gaza and Sofala will benefit from humanitarian aid as a consequence of drought that is hitting the south and central region of Mozambique.

World Vision Mozambique, a non-government organization, announced Thursday in central Mozambican city of Tete that the multi-sector assistance will cover sectors of food assistance, water and sanitation, provision of seeds for the coming agriculture campaign, and promotion of hygiene methods.

Latest statistics carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security pointed out that around 1.5 million people are affected by food insecurity and 100,000 children are at risk of facing acute mal-nutrition due to shortage of food.

“We expect that with this assistance, families will be able to improve their access to food and also increase their resilience to natural disasters,” said Claudio Jamal, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs manager at World Vision Mozambique.

The assistance is expected to last until July 2017 when the consortium led by the World Vision has fully implemented its assistance. 

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China to help Mozambique establish industrial park

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- China will help Mozambique establish an industrial park as an effort to increase job opportunities in the southern African country, according to Chinese Ambassador Su Jian.

Ambassador Su told Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Wednesday in Maputo that China is willing to continue supporting the country in different domains including increasing job opportunities through the establishment of an industrial park.

The ambassador said the Chinese government would send a group of specialists to Mozambique next year to help establish the industrial park.

“Mozambican government has already identified a number of potential locations. With that defined, potential Chinese and Mozambican companies can be invited to the initial phase of the project,” said the ambassador.

China is one of the major foreign investors in Mozambique and has been implementing a number of moves that tend to help Mozambique overcome the challenges it is going through in the economic domain.

Those moves include debt relief and loans with low or no interests as part of the Chinese and Mozambique strategy to strengthen cooperation.

           

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