France provides loan for Maputo water supply system

The French government is to provide more than €40 million for the expansion of water supply projects in Maputo and nearby Matola, and for training Mozambican healthcare workers, as agreed in two separate deals signed in Maputo on 19 March.

The €40 million loan will be used for the water supply project in the two cities, while an additional €900,000 is a donation from France intended to fund the training of nurses in anaesthesia and resuscitation.

Signing the agreement on behalf of Mozambique, the country's finance minister Manuel Chang said that the water supply project was part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), aimed at increasing the number of people with access to clean drinking water in the Greater Maputo Metropolitan Area from the current 880,000 residents to 1.5 million by 2014.