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World Bank to spend more funds on health in Mozambique 

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- The World Bank announced in a press release here on Thursday that it will spend 105 million U.S. dollars for the health sector in Mozambique, aimed mainly at the areas of nutrition, reproductive health and maternal and child health.

“The results-based funding targets underserved geographical areas in Mozambique and aims to improve the utilization and quality of health services including, in particular, nutrition and reproductive, maternal and child health,” said the release.

The World Bank notes that Mozambique faces troubling challenges in terms of social indicators, ranking 181 in the Human Development Index among 188 countries.

The statement notes that Mozambique is short of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the health chapter, despite some progress.

Funding will be channeled through an instrument called Program for Results, which only releases funds in a phased manner and based on the achievement of pre-agreed targets between the World Bank and the Mozambican government.



Mozambique earmarks 16 mln USD contingency money for disasters in 2018

MAPUTO, (Xinhua) -- The Mozambican government approved on Tuesday in Maputo a contingency plan worth 16 million U.S. dollars to cope with natural disasters in 2018.

The information was given by the government’s spokeswoman Ana Comoana to the press at the end of the last ordinary session of the Council of Ministers.

She said that the amount “is intended for monitoring and issuing pre-warnings about calamitous events, as well as the prepositioning of material and human resources in places subject to natural disasters.”

“This amount is also intended for search and rescue operations and humanitarian assistance to population at risk, which is above one million people,” said the spokeswoman.

She added that between October and November, rains in the country affected at least 19,000 people and destroyed 4,000 homes.

“Some of these houses were partially damaged and many totally destroyed. Meanwhile, nearly 500 houses were flooded, including more than 200 classrooms and 10 health units,” she said.


More than 70 illegal miners arrested in central Mozambique

MAPUTO Mozambique  (Xinhua) -- Mozambican police said Thursday that 71 illegal miners were arrested on Wednesday for carrying out illegal activities at a gold mine in Manica province, central Mozambique.

There are children among the 71 miners who include Malawians, Zimbabweans and Tanzanians, said Elcidia Filipe, a police spokeswoman in the Barue district.

The spokeswoman decried the rampant illegal mining in the district, adding that “children’s participation in illegal mining is extremely dangerous and urgent measures have to be taken to stop it.”

She said the children were digging in tunnels and removing gold to sell to foreign buyers in the mining zones at low prices.

According to the spokeswoman, the police last month launched an operation and detained at least 15 illegal diggers in gold mines in the province.

The campaign also included exhorting the parents to prohibit children from being involved in dangerous gold-digging activities.


China UnionPay launches bank card service in Mozambique

Maputo Mozambique (Xinhua) -- China UnionPay International launched a bank card service on Thursday here that will allow UnionPay cardholders to make transactions in Mozambique.

The launch ceremony was attended by Chinese ambassador Su Jian, Bank of Mozambique Administrator Augusto Bila, the CEO of Société Générale Mozambique Laurent Vanh and members of the Chinese Enterprises Chamber in Mozambique.

“We want this card to make life easier for Chinese people in Mozambique. The UnionPay card is the most used card in China. The launch of UnionPay service is a way to attract one of the biggest economies in the world, which is China,” said Laurent Vanh to Xinhua.

In turn, Augusto Bila said that the government has been consolidating international partnerships, in particular with China, which is a strategic partner in several areas.

According to Bila, the Bank of Mozambique has been interacting with Union Pay International, a bank service provider since 2013, within the Sino-Mozambican bilateral cooperation framework.

“The launch of UnionPay that we are witnessing today marks a significant moment in the national payment system, as a result of the cooperation between Mozambique and China, a strategic partner for the country, as well as one of the most populous economies in the world,” said the administrator.

Ambassador Su said that the partnership between the two countries has been fruitful. “China is currently the largest investor, one of the biggest financier and constructor in infrastructure and commercial areas in Mozambique,” said Su.

“This cooperation will continue through banking and financial institutions such as UnionPay International,” he added.

According to the ambassador, the Chinese Enterprises Chamber in Mozambique has 60 member companies, besides which, there are still many small and medium enterprises in Mozambique in various areas.

The UnionPay International, headquartered in Shanghai, has already provided card services in many African countries such as Ghana, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Madagascar.



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