CHINA’S CPC TO DONATE 8.0 MLN USD WORTH OF RICE TO MOZAMBIQUE

MAPUTO, The Communist Party of China (CPC) is to donate rice valued at eight million US dollars to support victims of natural disasters in Mozambique.

The donation was announced by Guo Jinlong of the CPC Political Bureau following a meeting with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi here Monday.

According to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), more than 1.4 million people in the south and centre of the country are “acutely food insecure and in need of food assistance” following last year’s severe drought.

The humanitarian situation was worsened in February when Cyclone Dineo hit the southern province of Inhambane. It is estimated that seven people died during the cyclone, 51 were injured, and more than half a million affected in a dozen districts.

Guo explained that the CPC had been following these developments and was donating the rice, in the name of the Chinese government, to alleviate the suffering of the affected population.

He added that his visit was aimed at promoting bilateral co-operation with the ruling party, Frelimo, and to strengthen the strategic partnership and friendship that exists between the two countries.

Expressing confidence in Mozambique’s future, Guo stressed the continuing importance placed by the Chinese leadership on their partnership to promote the industrialisation of Mozambique.

In particular, he stated, China would continue to expand co-operation with Mozambique in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure, and human resources. He explained that this is in line with the goals set out in the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) which was held in Johannesburg in South Africa in 2015.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK