Mozambique plans to boost economic and trade cooperation with China

11 August 2011

Beijing, China, 11 Aug – Mozambique is interested in increasing its cooperation with China, said President Armando Guebuza in Beijing Wednesday, noting that measures were underway in Mozambique to improve the business climate and attract investment.

Speaking at official talks with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, Guebuza also reiterated the encouragement and support of the Mozambican government to establish public-private partnerships between the two countries.

According to Notícias the Mozambican president requested China’s support for funding the projects of the Maputo/Catembe bridge, the Catembe/Ponta do Ouro/Bela Vista/Boane road, the Maputo ring road, as well as projects to build and develop infrastructures of the Mutuali (Mutarara/Mutuali) railroad, all projects which involve Chinese businesses.

The newspaper also noted that as part of the Plan of Action of the China-Africa Forum 2010-2013 Mozambique had asked the Chinese government for subsidised loan to fund projects for communication systems, distance learning and the project for the data centre and the government’s electronic information system.

In his turn Hu Jintao said he believed that the state visit by President Guebuza would contribute to further increasing mutual knowledge of the two nations, as well as launching a new future for bilateral relations.

On Wednesday Guebuza also met with the president of the Chinese parliament, Wu Bangguo, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and the chairman of the China Development Bank, Chen Yuan. (macauhub)

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