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Ireland Ready to Support Mozambique’s Development

Ireland Ready to Support Mozambique’s Development

On Friday 3 May in Maputo, Ireland expressed its willingness to continue supporting humanitarian assistance to destitute people in Mozambique, through the implementation of local and national development projects, as well as in response to the challenges posed by climate change, which in recent years has affected the country with greater frequency and intensity.

This was expressed by the Chairman of Ireland’s Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, Charles Flanagan, minutes after an audience granted to him this Friday by the Mozambican Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Manuel Gonçalves.

Speaking to the press, Flanagan said he believed that bilateral co-operation between the two countries would help find solutions to climate change, bringing solutions and initiatives at local, national and international level.

In the province of Inhambane he had the opportunity to visit rural development projects that are being funded by the Irish government, particularly health units for the provision of primary care and maternal and child care.

‘At the beginning of the week we had the opportunity to visit the province of Inhambane, where we were able to follow some projects that are being implemented at community level,’ he said.

He pointed to projects linked to the provision of primary health care, the production of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes and initiatives in the field of the blue economy.

Ireland considers the projects important and has shown itself willing to contribute technical assistance to help improve and strengthen the living conditions of Mozambicans.

On our return to Ireland, said Flanagan, ‘we will submit a report with specific recommendations for our government to continue to draw up projects that can stimulate Mozambique’s development’.

On an international level, Flanagan said that Ireland notes with satisfaction that Mozambique and Ireland share common positions on the challenges affecting the world.

As a testimony, Flanagan emphasised the important role that Mozambique plays as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

He guaranteed that after the visit, a report would be drawn up with specific recommendations to the Irish government to continue drawing up investment projects in Mozambique that could strengthen bilateral cooperation.


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