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Cablegate: Mozambican Participation in Evian G-8 Transparency

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UNCLAS MAPUTO 000274

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE
DEPT FOR E:APENCE, EB/IFD/OIA:MKELLY AND JHAUSER,INL/C:DLUNA
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ECON EINV ETRD PGOV MZ KCOR
SUBJECT: MOZAMBICAN PARTICIPATION IN EVIAN G-8 TRANSPARENCY
PILOT -- INTERIM RESPONSE

REF: A. STATE 33364
B. MAPUTO 148 (NOTAL)
C. STATE 16100
Sensitive But Unclassified -- Protect Accordingly

1. (U) Initial Mozambican government reaction to the
Transparency Pilot Program, including the need for an
explicit commitment at the outset to high transparency
standards over time support, has been very positive. Further
GRM consultations will be undertaken before we receive a
formal response.

2. (U) Ambassador presented REFTEL A demarche February 27
to Ministry of Planning and Finance Permanent Secretary
Victor Borges and explained the belief that this initiative
could support the Mozambican government's substantial work in
building a transparent financial management system. Borge's
stressed the government's commitment to transparency as one
of the key elements in public sector reform. He indicated he
would discuss the demarche documents within the ministry and
with other ministries, including those working on public
sector reform, but made an initial statement the Mozambican
Government would be very open to the initiative. Post will
report further when the Government has had the chance to
discuss the initiative internally.

3. (SBU) Comment: With the appointment last week of
Minister of Planning and Finance Luisa Diogo as Prime
Minister, the Transparency Pilot initiative should be very
well received. Diogo, who retains the Finance portfolio in
addition to the Prime Ministership, has been the driving
force behind the creation of a transparent financial
management system. With only a short mandate as Prime
Minister before general elections at the end of the year,
this initiative can provide her a deliverable in an area
where she is deeply committed. End Comment
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