MAPUTO, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Mozambican government Monday launched the national electrification strategy program aimed at ensuring all households in the country have access to energy by 2030.
The program was launched in partnership with European Union countries, which promised financial support estimated at 80 million Euros, funding to be coordinated by the World Bank.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said lack of energy results in the absence of social stability, low level of industrial productivity and has a negative impact on health and education.
"The program launched today is based on the need to accelerate the continuity and tangibility of energy sector objectives, considering that 72 percent of the Mozambican population still does not have access to electricity," said the president.
At present less than 30 percent of the population in Mozambique have access to the national electricity grid, due to limited resources such as transmission and distribution networks and unfavorable market conditions.
According to Nyusi, the program will spread social justice and inclusion of people in areas with potential for economic activities to generate income.
The cooperation partners, present in the event, considered the program as a pillar for poverty reduction and the process requires multiple forms of electrification.
"Electricity makes communities safer and makes small businesses thrive, with the right environment for investment, growth is easily stimulated," said World Bank representative in Mozambique Mark Lundell.