The Government of Japan is going to invest around 14 million dollars in Niassa province, northern Mozambique, as part of the project for the Construction of Rural Water Supply Infrastructures and the Promotion of Water and Sanitation Sustainability (PROSUAS-2), carried out in partnership with the Government of Mozambique.
This involves the construction of a total of five sanitation blocks, five water supply systems and 100 standpipes, which will benefit around 90,000 people living in the districts of Majune, Mandimba, Mavago, Muembe and Ngauma.
Speaking on Friday 8 September during the official ceremony to launch the project, the Mozambican Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Carlos Mesquita, said that the implementation of the initiative was an important milestone in consolidating cooperation between the two countries.
“The focus is on providing drinking water and safe sanitation to communities, in order to improve the living conditions and health of the population, while also increasing food and nutritional security,” he said.
He called on everyone “to protect and conserve the infrastructure for future generations”, emphasising that “water is a treasure and together we are investing in a healthier and more prosperous future for Mozambique”.
Cooperation between Mozambique and Japan covers various sectors, from public works to health, agriculture and the environment, and the Asian country recently disbursed 6.8 million yen (2.9 million meticais) for the asphalting of 150 kilometres of National Road Number 13 (N13), which links Lichinga to Mandimba.