The Portuguese Minister of Environment and Climate Action has expressed Portugal’s openness to support and share experiences with Mozambique in the expansion of water supply systems.
“Portugal wants to intensify the sharing [of experiences] with Mozambique”, declared João Pedro Matos Fernandes, in Maputo.
The plan to expand Mozambique’s water supply systems is scheduled for a 10-year period, and over the period, the country expects an additional 1.8 billion dollars (1.5 billion euros) to be invested in the construction and modernization of infrastructure, with the support of the private sector and partners, with the aim to guarantee universal access to the resource.
Under the plan, Portugal will disburse one million euros, over the next three years, to support Mozambique in carrying out a “set of studies that are necessary for it to meet the objective of having other management models for water services”, said João Pedro Matos Fernandes.
According to the Portuguese official, the experience that Portugal has acquired with the transformation of the sector over the last 25 years will be shared with Mozambique, but it is important to realize that the realities and challenges are different.
“Environmental issues are always linked to territories and no two territories are alike”, stressed the Portuguese government official.