Mozambique. Investments in continued economic progress
characterized Mozambique in 2006. The World Bank wrote off a
debt of just over SEK 9 billion. according to the debt
relief plan agreed upon by the rich G8 group at its summit
in Scotland in 2005. The repayments would have cost
Mozambique over SEK 900 million. until 2011, but instead the
money will be spent on infrastructure, education and health
care, according to the agreement.
After many years of work, all the mines have been removed
from the almost 70 km long railway connecting the port city
of Beira with the inland. The railway has not been able to
be used for 20 years, but when traffic resumes, the
authorities hope for new large incomes when natural
resources in the region can begin to be extracted. In the
area there are gold, copper, diamonds and coal.
China, which intensified its relations with almost all
countries in Africa during the year, lent more than SEK 16
billion. to build a hydroelectric power plant on the Zambezi
River. On the same river there is then the famous colonial
power plant Cabora Bassa. In October, it was 85% owned by
Mozambique, after the Portuguese government agreed to sell
57% of its holding for the equivalent of SEK 6.7 billion.
Cabora Bassa was extremely contentious during the
construction period in the 1960s, as it would supply
electric power to the South African apartheid state. Most of
the electricity is still sold to South Africa.
CountryAAH, Mozambique's most well-known criminal, called
Anibalzinho, was sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison
after a new trial. He was sentenced in 2003 for the murder
of journalist Carlos Cardoso while he was investigating a
corruption case with probable branching up in the state
leadership. After serving part of his sentence, Anibalzinho
managed to escape and move to Canada, where he was
extradited in 2005.