Japan pardons Mozambique’s total debt

13 November 2006

Tokyo, Japan, 13 Nov – Mozambique’s debt to Japan, estimated to total US$62 million has been totally pardoned and the official document was signed last week in Tokyo by the Foreign Ministers of both countries, Taro Aso and Alcinda Abreu.

According to Mozambican newspaper, Notícias, Abreu, who made a 48-hour visit to Japan, used the visit to not only sign the debt pardon agreement, but also to discuss the agenda of the visit by Mozambican President `Armando Guebuza to the country in the second half of January, 2007.

According to the appear, Guebuza’s visit, is expected to include a courtesy visit to the Emperor and working meetings with local authorities and Japanese businesspeople.

Japan provides Mozambique with aid in a number of sectors and the Mozambique government has said it hopes that help will be expanded, particularly in the area of professional training.

Figures published by the paper showed that in the recent past 214 Mozambicans took part in training programs in Japan as well as Japanese technicians regularly travelling to Mozambique to give training courses. (macauhub)