Governments of Mozambique and Angola sign nine cooperation agreements

31 October 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 31 Oct – The governments of Mozambique and Angola Tuesday signed nine cooperation agreements in Maputo in the areas of oil, energy, fishing and agriculture, geology and mines, which outline significant exchanges between the countries.

The agreements signed by the respective ministers and in the presence of the ministers of foreign affairs of Angola, João Miranda, and of Mozambique, Alcinda Abreu, cover the areas of technology, the media, construction and public works, as well as the areas of higher education and land administartion.

The memoranda, signed in Maputo, during a two-day visit by Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos, to Mozambique, aim to set up partnerships, namely establishing a system of cooperation that will allow joint activities to be carried out as well as the legal bases for technical cooperation.

The two governments also discussed the issue of pardoning a US$40 million debt owed by Mozambique to Angola, which said it was prepared to pardon part of the debt.

According to the Angolan foreign affairs minister, João Miranda, the finance ministries of Angola and Mozambique are still discussing methods of paying the debt. (macauhub)