The first high-level forum of the Renewed Partnership between the Development Partners and the Government of Mozambique was held early December in Maputo, marking the beginning of an important stage of dialogue and coordination for development in the country.
The forum was co-chaired by the Mozambican government ministers for Economy and Finance and for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and on the donors´ side by the Ambassadors of the European Union and the United States of America.
The meeting discussed Mozambique´s development program for the upcoming five years, when a more competitive, diversified, inclusive and sustainable economy is envisaged. The two parties also assessed progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, and the ways of assuring greater transparency and good governance, particularly the benefits from the oil and gas sector.
The Mozambican government emphasized the importance of effective dialogue with civil society, highlighting the need for a specific platform for that end. Social issues, such as access to water and sanitation services and water management infrastructures and human resources in this particular sector were also a crucial topic.
The Renewed Partnership, driven by the EU and the US, represents a new development coordination structure established in the post-general budget support period. This joint effort for increased attention to the development dialogue aims at ensuring greater impact of external assistance on poverty reduction and better alignment between national policies and the Sustainable Development Goals.