Brazil’s President due to arrive in Mozambique on official visit

18 October 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Oct – Trade relations between Mozambique and Brazil may be boosted by a visit, due to begin Tuesday, by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, according to the Mozambican press.

Speaking to Mozambican daily newspaper, the chairman of the Mozambique-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, Rogério Samo Gudo, said that the visit may contribute to improving demand and the confidence of Brazilian businesspeople in the Mozambican market.

“I think that, as well as mining, Mozambique can make use of Brazilian experience in the sectors of construction, agriculture and other important sectors that have a great advantage,” he said.

Gudo said that, in the recent past, the chamber of commerce had focused on promoting activities that are interesting to Brazilian businesspeople in Mozambique whilst also seeking to encourage Mozambican businesspeople to take part in this big project and boost business cooperation between the two countries.

Mozambique has a number of Brazilian investments, notably coal mining projects in Moatize, and is currently considered to be the biggest beneficiary of Brazilian cooperation, involving approximately US$70 million in the areas of education, health, agriculture, and professional training.

In Maputo, Dilma Rousseff is due to take part in a tribute to former Mozambican President Samora Machel (1975-1986) and to meet with the current president, , Armando Guebuza, as well as Mozambican and Brazilian businesspeople.

Curing Rousseff’s visit Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika will also be in Mozambique and transporting coal from Moatize to Nacala via Malawi may be one of the subjects under discussion by the three presidents. (macauhub)