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
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
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
“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 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.