15 November 2018

Mozambique: Norway Pledges Continued Support for Mozambique

Oslo — Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has guaranteed that Mozambique will continue to receive aid from Norway.

Speaking at a joint press conference in Oslo with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday, shortly after the end of official talks between delegations of the two governments, Solberg said she regarded Mozambique as "a strategic partner", and that Norwegian support will continue at bilateral and multilateral levels in various fields aimed at the development of the country.

For his part, Nyusi said he had shared with Solberg the challenge of transparency and of containing costs in the management of public assets. They had also discussed the fight against corruption, and the need for earnings from natural resources to serve the development of the countries where they are located and their populations.

Nyusi said he regarded relations between Mozambique and Norway as "at their highest moment".

Norwegian development aid to Mozambique reached 47.4 million US dollars in 2015, but fell to 33.1 million in 2016. The figures for 2017 and 2018 are not yet available. The official figures show that between 2005 and 2014 Norwegian aid to Mozambique totalled 302 million euros (about 342 million dollars).

Also on Wednesday, Nyusi visited Aki Solutions, a Norwegian company that is the world leader in the production of umbilical cables. During this visit, the President was briefed on the production of high technology equipment used in petroleum and gas operations in waters that are over 2,000 metres deep.

Aki solutions has been operating in Mozambique since 2017, on the basis of a contract to produce umbilical cables for the Coral South gas field in the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

This field is part of Rovuma Basin Area Four, where the operator is the Italian energy company ENI. This field is likely to produce Mozambique's first liquefied natural gas (LNG). ENI and its partners are installing a floating LNG platform above the Coral South field, which is expected to start production by 2022.

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