Mozambique: IMF Mission Important Step in Normalising Relations, Says PM
Maputo — Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario declared on Tuesday that the imminent arrival of a technical mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to assess the macro-economic impact of the country's public debt will be an important step in normalizing relations between Mozambique and its cooperation partners.
Those relations were seriously damaged in April, with the revelation that the previous government, led by President Armando Guebuza, had guaranteed secret loans totaling more than 1.1 billion dollars, contracted by the security-linked companies Proindicus and MAM (Mozambique Asset Management).
The undisclosed loans led the IMF to cancel the mission that was to have visited Mozambique in mid-April, and to suspend the second instalment of a 282 million dollar loan from the Fund's Standby Credit Facility.
Interviewed by the BBC in late May, IMF managing director, Christine Lagarde, publicly declared that by not respecting the country's financial disclosure agreement, the Mozambican authorities were “clearly concealing corruption”.
Other donors and funding agencies followed the IMF's lead and suspended financial aid to Mozambique. These included the United States and the group of 14 donors that used to provide direct support to the Mozambican state budget.
Speaking in Maputo, at the opening of the Annual Assembly of the Organisation of Cooperatives from Portuguese speaking countries, Rosario said he hoped for a speedy return to normal in the relations between Mozambique and its partners.