The Italian government has disbursed over 1.1 million euros (about 1.3 million US dollars) in the first tranches for two projects intended to speed up technological development in Mozambique.

A project on the development of human resources in information and communication technologies has received 636,750 euros - the first instalment of what will be a total sum of 1,273,500 euros.

Italian Cooperation is funding this project while the United National Development Programme (UNDP) is the implementing agency.

The project "seeks to promote computer literacy through setting up three computer training centres in the centre, south and north of the country". Italian Cooperation also provided 560,000 euros as the first instalment for the extension phase of the government's own electronic network.

The already concluded pilot phase, which cost US$434,000 dollars, set up an electronic network linking ministries and other government institutions in Maputo. The extension phase will extend this network to all the provincial capitals, and will cost a total of 1.4 million euros.

The Mozambican agency involved in both projects is the government's Technical Unit for Computer Policy Implementation (UTICT).

Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique