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Cablegate: Cooperation with the United Kingdom in Mozambique

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R 171401Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY MAPUTO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1108
INFO RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 0578
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MAPUTO 001372

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL ECON SNAR EAID UK MZ
SUBJECT: COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM IN MOZAMBIQUE

REF: SECSTATE 104670

1. (U) Summary: This cable is in response to the request for
post input on promoting cooperation with the United Kingdom
(UK) on Africa regional issues (reftel). Mission Maputo is
actively engaged with HMG in Mozambique and has longstanding
cooperation efforts already underway. These efforts include
bilateral projects on trafficking in persons, migrant issues,
the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),
military assistance, and economic development. Post
continues to seek areas for bilateral cooperation with both
HMG's High Commission and Department for International
Development (DFID). End Summary.

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JOINT EFFORTS ON MIGRANTS, ANTI-TRAFFICKING
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2. (U) Mission Maputo has long been working collaboratively
with HMG on Africa regional issues. Post's Small Grant's
Program is currently engaged in two bilateral projects with
the UK High Commission in Maputo. The first project has
joint funding and participation in assisting Zimbabwean
migrants in Mozambique. This project includes a
comprehensive survey of the migrants and the subsequent
establishment of income-generating projects. The second
venture involves the production of an anti-trafficking in
persons media campaign. Post and its UK counterparts are
working with local music artists to produce, record, and
disseminate a music recording and accompanying video which
features an anti-trafficking in persons message prior to the
start of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

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COLLABORATION WITH DEVELOPMENT COUNTERPARTS
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3. (U) Mission Maputo has also been pursuing collaborative
projects with DFID. The Millennium Challenge Corporation
(MCC) has signed a code of conduct with DFID for the
Community Land Initiative--a program that provides assistance
to communities and local businesses to help them register
their land rights. This partnership has been essential in
expanding the initiative to the provinces of Nampula,
Zambezia and Niassa. Also, post is working with DFID to
assist in formulating a clear multinational approach engaging
Mozambique on the Extractive Industries Transparency
Initiative (EITI).

4. (U) Both USAID and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) in Maputo are currently working with DFID on
a variety of projects. USAID signed a partnership with DFID
for collaboration on governance issues, including support for
the Electoral Observatory--a civil society organization--in
advance of recent national elections and a program for
funding new programs in the educational sector--a recent
focus of post's Country Assistance Strategy. USAID and CDC
are both working with HMG on myriad components of Post's USD
250 million PEPFAR portfolio.

5. (U) Both the USG and HMG have committed to address the
global health workers shortage. Mozambique is one of four
countries where there are both high HIV burden and
significant health workforce shortages. As such, PEPFAR and
DFID's International Health Partnership (IHP ) are
collaborating to address the health workforce shortage within
the country by leveraging existing initiatives (e.g. PEPFAR)
and in alignment with an ambitious accelerated human resource
development plan that has been developed by the government.

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ONGOING MILITARY COOPERATION
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6. (U) DAO is also engaged in ongoing collaboration with the
UK to support regional security through the creation of a
Mozambican Army capable of participating in international
peace keeping operations. In this project, both the USG and
HMG are working to upgrade the Moamba military base to
increase its ability to support base logistics activities.
DAO has provided USD 150,000 for this project. The DAO has
also been working with its UK counterparts on establishing
English language skills training for the Mozambican army in
Maputo, Nampula, and Beira. This project includes the
installation of more than 40 computer-based language lab
stations along with materials and training for two language
instructors.

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COMMENT: COOPERATION ROBUST, COLLABORATION EFFORT ONGOING

MAPUTO 00001372 002 OF 002


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7. (U) Post shares the strong desire to strengthen our
partnership and increase collaboration with the UK in
Mozambique. Post has proactively reached out to both the UK
High Commission and DFID and is currently engaged with them
in numerous multi-level projects. We will continue to pursue
areas of cooperation with the UK and other donors here in
Mozambique in hopes that our collaborative efforts will bring
about positive change.
CHAPMAN

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