The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on Monday signed the second round of the Code of Conduct between the Mozambican government and its partners for the establishment of a Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) for the water supply area.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Public Works, Felicio Zacarias, said that the government has succeeded in gradually increasing access to sources of clean water in both the countryside and the towns. The current figures show that 48.7 per cent of the rural population but only 40 per cent of the urban population has access to decent water supply. Access to proper sanitation is 39 per cent in rural areas and 47 per cent in urban ones.
Some partners signed the Code of Conduct over a year ago, in March 2007, but at that time, “many of our partners had not concluded their internal consultations and so were unable to sign. Today, with the signing of the second round of the Code of Conduct, these cooperation partners have expressed their willingness to continue financing the water sector”.
The national director of water, Juliao Alferes, told reporters that several projects in water supply and sanitation, budgeted at 40 million US dollars will be funded by the African Development Bank for a five year period, starting in 2009.
He added that in parallel with these, there is also another five year project, in the southern province of Inhambane, estimated to cost 10 million dollars, an agreement for which should be signed soon with the Dutch government.
Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo) / allAfrica.com, 15 July 2008