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Mozambique Legal Association says
land concession for gas project illegal

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambique’s Bar Association (OAM) said on Friday that the right of land use transferred to gas exploration companies in the Rovuma Basin in northern Mozambique is illegal.

“Land granted to liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants has been removed from affected communities through obscure mechanisms and without legal foundation,” said Ricardo Moresse, president of the OAM Human Rights Commission, adding that the minutes of the public consultations of the land allocation process were fraudulent.

Moresse told a press conference in Maputo that the OAM has requested the nullification of the land concession before the Administrative Court.

The right of land use and exploitation for the LNG projects was given to Anadarko and ExxonMobil, both American oil giants.

The association advocates the creation of a plan for human rights, as an instrument that will make it possible to hold those who violate these rights accountable.

“We demand a fair decision by the Administrative Court so that the process is clarified and the project is developed with full respect for human rights,” he said.



Fish catch in Mozambique up nine percent annually since 2015

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambique has registered an annual increase of nine percent in fish catch since 2015, the Ministery of Sea, Interior Waters and Fishery announced Friday.

“In 2015, volume of captured species was at 290,913 tons and we expect to close the year 2018, with captures at 394,000 tons, the equivalent to an annual average growth of 9 percent,” said Minister Agostinho Mondlane in a press conference.

From the captured species, 99 percent are native species from the sea and 1 percent from aquaculture, said the minister.


Mozambique works to diversify economy in 2019

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario said on Wednesday in Maputo that the government will diversify the economy by allocating two thirds of the state budget to build an inclusive economy so that the expected 4.7-percent growth in 2019 would be achieved.

The government’s proposal is that the state budget allocates 66.6 percent of resources to the economic and social sectors including education, health, infrastructures, agriculture, water supply and social protection, said the prime minister.

Rosario added the government will be devoted to diversifying the economy, improving business environment and implementing combined measures of fiscal power and monetary policies to invigorate the economy and keep the inflation stable.

He mentioned the agriculture sector in particular, saying 11 percent of the public expenditure will be earmarked for it, as a measure to increase production and productivity, thus stabilizing prices of basic products and reducing living costs.

The government looks forward to more investment in agricultural area, in the hope of promoting exports, replacing imports and ensuring food security and nutrition in the country, which will consequently reduce chronic malnutrition in children under the age of five, he said.

In 2019, more than 354,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the southeastern African country, as a result of new projects in private and public sectors, including education, health, agriculture and infrastructure, according to the prime minister.


World Bank donates U.S. $45 million dollars to
support bio-diversity conservation in Mozambique

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- The World Bank announced on Thursday in Maputo to fund 45 million U.S. dollars for the effective management of conservation areas and improving the lives of local communities.

The World Bank’s representative in Mozambique Mark Lundell said the organization he represents is committed to making conservation areas an investment destination.

“Sustainable resource management is key to reducing poverty and promoting prosperity,” said Lundell, adding that the program will strengthen conservation and transform livelihoods of rural communities.

Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development of Mozambique Celso Correia said the project will cover conservation areas in south and central Mozambique.

“The initiative incorporates credit lines to foster small businesses through the production of rural value chains around conservation areas, with the aim of reducing the pressure on biodiversity,” said Correia.

Communities living around conservation areas claim that they have no other food resources except for hunting animals for consumption.

The minister said families around those areas will benefit from jobs that will be created through tourism and conservation agriculture.



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