Mozambican president begins official visit to China

13 May 2013

Mozambique’s President, Armando Guebuza, Monday began a seven-day official visit to China at the invitation of his counterpart Xi Jinping, on what will be a “working visit” with a view to boosting two-way ties.

In a statement sent to Macauhub in Maputo, the office of the Mozambican head of state said that the trip was “to boost existing ties of friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the two countries.”

The visit will include Guebuza meeting with President Xi Jinping, as well as participation in the “ceremony to open the Second Taihu World Culture Forum, in the city of Hangzhou.”

Armando Guebuza, who is travelling in the company of the ministers for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Oldemiro Balói, for the Presidency for Social Affairs, Feliciano Gundana and of the Presidency for Parliamentary Afafirs and Provincial Assemblies, Adelaide Amurane, will also “meet with the Mozambican student community in China and visit locations of economic, social and cultural interest.”

On his previous visit to China, in 2012, President Guebuza attended the signing of the loan agreements from the China Export Import Bank for construction of the Maputo ring road (US$315 million) and the Maputo/Catembe bridge (US$725 million).

In 2012 trade between China and Mozambique totalled US$1.344 billion (40.94 percent more year on year). Mozambique purchased goods worth US$941 million (34.83 percent more) and sold goods worth US$402 million (US$57.64 percent). (macauhub)

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