SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – For the past two years, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has invested $5 million in Mozambique to put a stop to the vicious cycle of flooding and drought that has plagued the East African nation.
The agency formerly known as the Korea Overseas Development Corporation revealed its Mozambique office had held its final hearing for the “Development of Master Plan for Water Resources Management in Mozambique” in the capital Maputo on October 31.
Prior to its collaboration with KOICA, Mozambique had never before instituted a regulatory framework for managing the nation’s water resources.
Attending the hearing was the Minister of Public Works and Housing, Carlos Martino, who said, “Until now, Mozambique faced many difficulties in managing its water resources due to floods and droughts, but now I am happy to say that thanks to KOICA, we are laying the foundations for a solution.”
KOICA stated it had presented two vehicles as a gift at the final hearing to bolster the Mozambique government’s water management efforts in the future.
The South Korean government’s involvement began in 2013, when Mozambique’s request for assistance resulted in KOICA conducting site inspections at 35 rivers throughout the country. The data gathered from these examinations was used to form administrative guidelines per region; shipments of equipment as well as training programs taking place in both Mozambique and South Korea were also provided.
The finalized master plan calls for 39 multipurpose dams and nine levees to be built by 2040 to stave off future problems arising from water shortages or flooding.
Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)