Chinese group to fund Mozambican students’ scholarships in China

9 November 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 Nov – An educational fund totalling US$1 million was set up Monday in Maputo under the terms of an agreement signed between the Mozambican Education Ministry and the China Kingho Group.

The fund is for 100 scholarships a year for higher and post-graduate degrees in the Sciences, specifically mining engineering, at Chinese universities and the agreement establishes conditions for applying for the scholarships and sets up a commission to manage the scholarships.

Mozambican daily state newspaper Notícias said that the agreement was a result of the recent visit to China by Mozambican prime minister, Aires Ali, during which it was agreed that the China Kingho Group would invest in Mozambique.

The Chinese group is interested in investing the Mozambican mining sector, but there are no technicians in the country with training in this area, especially on a local level.

In order to make up for that deficit in human resources, the Chinese plan to train their own staff, the first step of which was signing this agreement to set up an educational fund.

Mozambican education minister, Zeferino Martins, who signed the agreement with the chief executive of the Chinese group, Zong Yuan Wo, said that this was a commendable initiative in which an investor, before starting to operate in the country, focused on training local human resources. (macauhub)