Officials and businesspeople from China’s Henan province announce plan to invest in Mozambique

20 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 June – Chinese businesspeople from Henan province who last week visited Mozambique have pledged to invest in the economic, social and cultural sectors and signed an agreement in Maputo Friday with this in mind.

Signed by the governor of Maputo province, Maria Jonas, and by the vice president of the Chinese People’s Provincial Consultative Conference in Henan, Wang Xunzi, the agreement aims establish an environment in which businesspeople from Mozambique and China can cooperate in development partnerships.

Wang Xunzi, who headed up the delegation of 30 businesspeople from sectors such as agriculture, science and technology, culture, tourism, education and health, showed interest in sharing knowledge particularly in the areas of agriculture, industry and food processing and agricultural mechanisation, “because we know Maputo has a lot of potential.”

Speaking moments before signing the memorandum, Wang Xunzi said that Henan province, which is one of the most populated in China with 100 million inhabitants, had made great advances in agricultural scientific and industrial research and was interested in sharing that knowledge with Maputo province.

Maputo province covers an area of just over half a million hectares of arable land and less than 50 percent of that area is being explored, mainly using manual tools.

With China’s support a centre for research and technology transfer is being developed in Boane, on the outskirts of Maputo, which aims to train Mozambican farmers in agricultural technology and initially it will focus on research into grains and vegetables. (macauhub)