Mozambique: Cuba to support creation of biotechnology center

5 March 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 March – A biotechnology center is expected to be created in Mozambique with the technical and scientific support of Cuba, according to a report in Mozambican newspaper Notícias, citing Science and Technology Minister, Venâncio Massingue.

The paper said that the move had been announced in Havana, as part of the official three-day visit by Mozambican president Armando Guebuza to Cuba, at the invitation of his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro.

According to Massingue, who is part of the presidential delegation, Mozambique is expected soon to send technicians to Cuba to specialize in biotechnology.

These technicians will then be the backbone of the biotechnology team at the Mozambican center.

Two Cuban technicians are currently in Mozambique, working in the district of Moamba, in the area of animal husbandry.

Cuba is this year also expected, with the blessing of the Mozambican government, to test an oral vaccine against cholera in Mozambique on children and youngsters between the ages of 2 and 18.

This year Mozambique is also expected to send ophthalmologists to Cuba for specialization in several areas, including audiology. The aim, according to Health Minister, Ivo Garrido, who is also a member of the presidential delegation, is to minimize the huge lack of specialized doctors in the country. (macauhub)