Relations between Africa and South America “weak,” says Mozambican president

4 December 2006

Abuja, Nigeria, 04 Dec – The President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, said last week in Abudja, Nigeria that relations between his country and the South American nations were “weak.”

Speaking to journalists at the end of the first summit of African and South American leaders, Guebuza said that the low level of cooperation with countries in South America was not just something that occurred with Mozambique, but rather with all African countries.

Guebuza said he hoped the meeting had set up conditions for increasing cooperation between the two regions and that the action approved by the summit, as stated in the Abuja Declaration and the associated Plan of Action, be put into practice.

On Wednesday night, Guebuza met with his Brazilian counterpart, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, and the Mozambican president said they had discussed an old Brazilian plan to build a factory in the African country to produce generic ant-malaria medication.

On Tuesday of last week, a diplomat from the Brazilian embassy in Maputo said the feasibility study for building the factory had been concluded.

According to Francisco Nunes, investment for building the factory would total US$23 million. (macauhub)