Russia seeks to reactivate commercial ties with Mozambique

4 October 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 04 Oct – Russia’s ambassador to Maputo, Igor Popov, has said his country wants to “relaunch and energize” its economic and trade ties with Mozambique.

Briefing reporters Tuesday on the visit to Mozambique of a Russian business delegation last week, Popov said closer two-way commercial ties were necessary because “relations between the two countries have a long history” from the time of the African country’s independence struggle.

The Russian entrepreneurs were seeking partnerships in the areas of industry, civil construction, engineering and oil.

An example of this past assistance, noted Popov, was the support in military material from the former Soviet Union to Mozambique’s Frelimo independence movement in its fight against Portuguese colonialism until independence in 1975.

Mozambique and Russia, part of the ex-USSR, have already been major partners in military and economic spheres, with the African country importing various industrial goods from the former Soviet Union in exchange for exports of Mozambican fish products.

“Our relations are now based on the principles of development. But the time has already come to energize cooperation in the economic area”, underscored the Russian diplomat.

The head of Mozambique’s Chamber of Commerce, Jacinto Veloso, previously a minister on several occasions in charge of cooperation with the ex-USSR, said the two states “want to regain the good ties of friendship they had in the past taking into account the new economic structure of Mozambique and the Russian Federation. (macauhub)

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