On behalf of the Government and People of India, our High Commissioner in Mozambique handed over a cheque of US Dollar 10 million yesterday to the Minister of Trade and Industry of Mozambique. This grant-in-aid was provided in response to a request from the friendly country of Mozambique, which has faced two consecutive years of drought leading to severe difficulties for its people. The Indian grant will help the Mozambique authorities to urgently purchase wheat from the international market, and thus help ensure availability of food for vulnerable sections of the Mozambique population.
India and Mozambique have long had warm and multi-faceted relations. India was among the first countries to open its embassy in Maputo, after Mozambique won its freedom in 1975. Mozambique is also home to nearly 20,000 persons of Indian origin, who provide a human link between the populations of both countries. Mozambique is also among our most important economic partners in Africa, and accounts for almost 25% of India’s net FDI into Africa. We see a closer economic partnership with Mozambique as a vital ingredient in addressing India’s future needs of energy and food security. Mozambique was the first country in mainland Africa that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited earlier this year. The gift from India for purchase of wheat is a gesture of solidarity for a country which we see as one of our most important future partners.Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of External Affairs – Government of India.