Friday, July 13, 2007

MCC and Mozambique: A Partnership for Development

Featured Speakers: Aiuba Cuereneia, Minister of Planning and Development, Republic of Mozambique; Amb. John J. Danilovich, CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation; Stephen Gaull, Country Director, Millennium Challenge Corporation; Emilio Muchanga, MCA Mozambique Country Team; Howard Wolpe, Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced last month that it is entering a five year, $507 million Millennium Challenge Compact with the Republic of Mozambique. The compact focuses on the four northern provinces of Mozambique, which have been lagging behind the rest of the country’s development.

In order for Mozambique to qualify for MCC funding, it had to meet the MCC’s rigorous set of guidelines, a task it achieved with the help of a UNDP partnership, according to Stephen Gaull the MCC Country Director. The compact’s broad goals are to stimulate business and generate employment in the region, and to improve the welfare of the population in general. To these ends, it includes projects in four separate areas: water and sanitation, transportation, land registry, and agricultural coconut recovery. The MCC and Mozambique expect that by 2015, regional GDP in the four provinces will increase by $80 million as the compact benefits nearly 5.7 million people.

Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Location: Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 6th Floor Auditorium

Date: July 12, 2007

Time: 9:30 am

Approximate Number of Attendees: 75

Intern Attending: Mike Heslin

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