Mozambican president begins 6-day visit to China on Tuesday

8 August 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 Aug – The president of Mozambique begins on Tuesday a six-day state visit to the People’s Republic of China, during which he and his entourage will visit Beijing, Henan province and the Shenzhen special economic area adjacent to Hong Kong.

Entrepreneurs and businesses from China, a long-time ally of the Frelimo party that has governed Mozambique since independence, are present in various activity sectors and especially in construction, in projects involving road building and improvement, drinking water supply, sanitation and housing construction.

Chinese companies are currently rebuilding roads in Niassa, Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Inhambane and Sofala provinces, in projects budgeted at around US$600 million. They are also helping repair and enlarge water supply systems for various cities and towns, among them the Mozambican capital.

Chinese companies were also responsible for building the new facilities of the Maputo International Airport under terms of a credit line from China, as well as the National Stadium.

Many delegations of businessmen from China and its Macau special administrative region have met with Mozambican businessmen in Maputo and in Chinese cities to establish partnerships.

According to the Investment Promotion Centre, China is among the country’s ten top investors and in the next few years may rise to the number one position, given the intentions expressed by various Chinese entrepreneurs.

During his trip to China, President Armando Guebuza should highlight Mozambique’s interest in receiving Chinese investment in sectors such as agriculture, tourism, mineral resources, infrastructures, transports and new technologies, among others.

Another point that may be discussed by Mozambique and China during Guebuza’s 9-15 August trip is the direct air link between Maputo and Shanghai, China’s economic capital.

President Guebuza will be accompanied by a delegation including the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mineral Resource and Agriculture, respectively Oldemiro Baloi, Esperança Bias and José Pacheco. The trip results from an invitation by Chinese President Hu Jintao. (macauhub)