Maputo — The Norwegian government has pledged continued support for the Mozambican energy and fisheries sectors, and for the National Statistics Institute (INE), according to Wednesday press releases from the Norwegian embassy.
Norway has been supporting Mozambique in fisheries for the past 30 years, and in December the two governments signed an agreement continuing this support for the 2013-2017 period.
“Norwegian support to the sector is concentrated on strengthening the capacity to develop and manage small scale fishing and aquaculture”, said the embassy. “This will improve food security, increase the use of fish as a source of nutrition, and guarantee the sustainable and viable use of aquatic resources”.
The total cost of this programme is 29 million dollars, of which the Norwegian government will provide 24.2 million.
In the energy sector, Mozambique and Norway have signed agreements on institutional cooperation between central government institutions of the two countries working on energy matters, which flow from a Memorandum of Understanding of November 2012, intended to support the sustainable management of energy resources.
“In addition to capacity building and rural electrification”, the embassy says, “Norway is providing financial support and technical assistance to the major investment projects planned”. These include the Mpanda Nkua dam on the Zambezi river, and the building of a new transmission line from the Zambezi valley to southern Mozambique.
Norway has also agreed to extend its longstanding support for the INE up to 2017. This support, according to the embassy release, “is centred on implementing the Strategic Plan for the Mozambican National Statistics System”.
The aim is “to strengthen the capacity to produce statistics at provincial, district and municipal level, responding to the needs of governance and local development”.
The INE's total budget for the 2013-2017 period is equivalent to 66.3 million euros (about 91 million US dollars). Norway has pledged to provide seven million euros to implement the Strategic Plan.