UN Peacekeeping, African Debt, and a Referendum in Turkey - the Cheat Sheet
[IRIN] Geneva -Every week, IRIN's team of editors takes a look ahead at what's lurking on the humanitarian radar and curates a selection of the best reports, opinion, and journalism you may have missed:
Nation, Germany Sign Cooperation Agreements
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique and Germany on Friday in Maputo signed technical and financial accords establishing support for the sectors of education, sustainable economic development, and public finances.
Ireland Supports Unicef's Response to Dineo
[AIM] The Irish Government is donating 200,000 euros to UNICEF to support the emergency response to cyclone Dineo, which hit the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane in mid-February.
Moza Banco Shareholders Fail to Recapitalise Bank
[AIM] Maputo -The shareholders of Moza Banco have failed to raise the funds necessary to recapitalise the bank. As a result, it is due to be put up for sale so that the government can recoup the money that it put into the bank last year to stop it from going into liquidation.
Canadian Support for Victims of Cyclone Dineo
[AIM] Maputo -The Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) has donated 200,000 Canadian dollars to support the victims of cyclone Dineo, which hit the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane in mid-February.
Nation Defaults on Proindicus Payment
[AIM] Maputo -The security-related Mozambican company Proindicus this week failed to make a payment of 119.2 million US dollars that was due on the loan it took out, with an illicit government guarantee, from the bank Credit Suisse in 2014.
International Monetary Fund Supports Fuel Price Increase
[AIM] London -The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has argued that the Mozambican government was correct to increase fuel prices. In a press release received by AIM on Thursday, the Bretton Woods institution stated, "the raising of fuel prices will eliminate an expensive and very inefficient subsidy".
President in Phone Contact with Opposition Leader
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi told reporters on Friday that he has once again been in telephone contact with the leader of the Renamo rebels, Afonso Dhlakama, this time in order to clarify an incident which had supposedly taken place in Murrupula district, in the northern province of Nampula.
Kroll Audit Deadline Extended By a Further Month
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican Attorney-General's Office (PGR) on Friday announced a further extension of the deadline for the audit into the three security-related companies, Ematum (Mozambique Tuna Company), Proindicus and MAM (Mozambique Asset Management).
Nyusi Calls for Mozambique to Become Major Food Producer
[AIM] Mocuba -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi argued on Friday that Mozambique enjoys all the necessary conditions to cease being a mere consumer of agricultural produce and to become a major producer.
Soccer - Footballers Isaac and Pirolito Sidelined for Mozambique Clash
[ANGOP] Luanda -The right-back Isaac (1┬║ de Agosto) and midfielder Pirolito (Interclube) will miss the friendly match against Mozambique on Saturday in Maputo, Angop learnt on Wednesday.
SADC to Set Up Fund for Natural Disasters
[AIM] Mbabane -The extraordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held in Swaziland on Saturday decided to set up a regional fund to deal with natural disasters, such as droughts, cyclones, floods and insect pests, which frequently affect SADC members.
Basketball Team Loses to Mozambique
[The Herald] ZIMBABWE will have to wait for the play-offs of the AfroBasket qualifiers to pursue their hopes of securing a ticket to the championships in August after losing to Mozambique in the qualifiers at the City Sports Centre yesterday.
Control Stamps Obligatory for Tobacco
[AIM] Maputo -In an attempt to stamp out contraband, the Mozambican Tax Authority (AT) has banned the production, import and sale of tobacco products that do not carry an official control stamp.
Supreme Court Proposes to Cut Judges' Holidays
[AIM] Maputo -In a major shake-up of the Mozambican legal system, the country's judges will now find their annual holiday entitlement cut from two months to one.
Maputo Water Supply Remains Critical
[AIM] Maputo -Despite a recent increase in the level of water stored in the Pequenos Libombos dam, the water supply for the Greater Maputo Metropolitan Area remains critical, warned Mozambique's Minister of Public works, Carlos Bonete on Thursday, cited by the independent television station STV.
Nation's Debt Crisis - Trawling for Answers
[Africa Research Institute] Less than two decades after it was granted debt relief, the Government of Mozambique again finds itself unable to honour obligations to international creditors. Pending the publication of an audit of US$2 billion of borrowing by Mozambican companies afforded questionable sovereign guarantees, Africa Research Institute and Zitamar News convened a webinar with four expert panellists: Roberto Tibana, principal consultant at Analitica-RJT; Anne Fr├╝hauf, senior vice president with Teneo Intelligence; Tariq
Electoral Body Proposes Budget for Elections
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE) has proposed a budget of 900 million meticais (about 13.3 million US dollars, at current exchange rates), to cover the requirements of both the 2018 municipal elections and the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Bus Workers Threaten Strike Action
[AIM] Maputo -Workers of the Maputo municipal bus company (EMTPM) have threatened to go on strike as from Monday, reports the independent television station STV.
Japan Offers Grant Aid for Mozambique's Fuel Needs
[AIM] Tokyo -The Japanese government has promised to help Mozambique overcome its current fuel difficulties.