India gives $10 mn to drought-hit Mozambique

25.11.2016

India's High Commissioner to Mozambique Rudra Gaurav Shresth handed over the amount to Mozambique's Minister of Trade and Industry yesterday, primarily to purchase wheat.

India gives $10 mn to drought-hit Mozambique India has given Mozambique a financial assistance of USD 10 million heeding to a request by the African nation for help to deal with severe drought it was facing. India's High Commissioner to Mozambique Rudra Gaurav Shresth handed over the amount to Mozambique's Minister of Trade and Industry, primarily to purchase wheat.

"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," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. He said the grant-in-aid was provided in response to a request from 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," he said. India and Mozambique have strong bilateral ties and the relations are on an upswing in the last few years. Mozambique is also home to nearly 20,000 people of Indian origin.

Mozambique is also among India's most important economic partners in Africa, and accounts for almost 25 per cent of India's net foreign Direct Investment into Africa. Mozambique was the first country in mainland Africa that Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited earlier this year.


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