The government of Japan has donated US$59.0 million to Mozambique to finance the construction of a power plant in Nacala, in Nampula province, as well as four secondary schools in four districts of Zambézia province, reported the Mozambican press.
Daily newspaper Notícias reported that the legal documents to make the donation official were signed on Thursday in Maputo by the minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Pacheco, and by the Ambassador of Japan in Mozambique, Toshio Ikeda.
The project for the Nacala power plant, budgeted to cost US$37.5 million, aims to improve the quality and capacity of energy supply, to contribute to the promotion of social and economic development in the region, as well as ensure the distribution of electricity in the Nacala Corridor.
The secondary schools project, with a cost estimated at US$21.3 billion dollars, is essentially intended to increase access to secondary education in that province of Mozambique and improve the quality of education offered.
Speaking at the end of the ceremony to sign the documents, the minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Pacheco, recalled some projects funded by Japan, highlighting, in the energy sector, the 110-megawatt combined cycle thermal power plant in Temane, in the southern province of Inhambane and the Gas-fired Thermoelectric Plant in the city of Maputo.
He also noted the strengthening of the power grid in the Nacala Corridor, the 1,200-megawatt thermoelectric plant, in the central province of Tete, as well as technical assistance to the master plan of state power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).
The signing of the documents is within the framework of the plan of action of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), held recently in Japan, under the motto “Advancing the development of Africa through people, technology and innovation.”