Portugal to train Mozambican personnel in port management

29 June 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 29 Jun – Portugal and Mozambique signed on Monday in Maputo a document setting out an activities plan for cooperation in the transport and communications sector, whose central point covers training personnel to manage ports.

“Eighty percent of what we discussed was training,” Mozambican Transport and Communication Minister Paulo Zucula said at the end of a meeting with Portugal’s Minister for Public Works, Transport and Communications, Antonio Mendonça.

The Portuguese minister began on Monday in Maputo a two-day visit to Mozambique to assess the implementation of agreements between the two countries in the transport and communications sector, especially the management of infrastructures (airports, ports and railways).

When the Portuguese prime minister visited Mozambique last March, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the two countries, with a view to boosting cooperation in the transport and communications area. The respective activities plan has now been drawn up.

On the occasion, Mendonça said that Portugal should back Mozambican efforts to restore and modernise rail infrastructures. He added that the EMEF railway maintenance and equipment company could produce rail-cars for Mozambique, or even make them in the former Portuguese colony.

Partnerships in the civil aviation and shipping industry sectors were also discussed during the meeting between the two ministers. (macauhub)