MOZAMBICAN GOVT TO BUILD 100,000 HOUSING UNITS FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIIES

MAPUTO, The Mozambican government is planning to build about 100,000 houses across the country over the next two years for low-income families as part of its Integrated Programme for Construction of Social Housing initiative, says Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources Carlos Bonete.

Media reports here quoted the Minister as saying that the plan comes in good time, though ambitious in terms of goals and budget, taking into account the current socio-economic context” when addressing the just ended 3rd Co-ordinating Council of his ministry.

The programme will require at least one billion US dollars for its implementation. The government is engaging international partners and financial institutions to facilitate access to bank loans.

Like the five-year Government Plan, which prescribes construction of 35,000 homes by the end of 2019, this latest initiative will involve other parties, such as private institutions and individual citizens.

During the meeting, participants also debated a number of current issues, such as the government’s Economic and Social Plan (PES) for 2017, the role of the Engineering Laboratory of Mozambique (LEM), the quality of public works, and strategic actions for water supply in the Greater Maputo area, as well as the challenges and perspectives for weight control on vehicles using the country’s roads.

As for the mid-term review of the PES for 2017, the minister said some progress had been made, but more work was required to meet the targets.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK