Mozambican government signed Monday the cooperation agreements with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to receive the funds of 58 million U.S. dollars for the decentralized governance program and 1.4 million U.S. dollars for the response to COVID-19 in the country.

The agreements were signed by Mozambican Minister of Finance and Economy, Minister of State Administration and the acting representative of UNDP to Mozambique in Maputo.

Mozambican government pledged in 2018 a constitutional reform and to establish the “decentralized governance”, but there are huge challenges for the implement eyeing to improve and deepen democracy for local development and provide quality services to the citizens, said the Finance and Economy Minister, Adriano Maleiane at the signing ceremony.

The package aims essentially to build strong government institutions at the local level to boost the government’s efforts in caring out public policies and service delivery, and to help citizens better interact with public institutions.

“This creates foundation for the government’s credibility, to improve service delivery in all the provinces and municipalities thus contributing for equity growth in the country,” said Francisco Roquette, the acting representative of UNDP in Mozambique.

Roquette said UNDP is also supporting the country’s response to COVID-19, for which it is committed to provide more equipment to the government, and to build a virtual platform for teleconferences in the country. Enditem

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