Presidents of China and Mozambique re-state wish for two-way cooperation to continue

14 May 2013

President Xi Jinping of China and President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique took the opportunity of their meeting Monday to restate their wish for cooperation between their two countries to continue, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

At the half hour meeting, which was followed by an hour-long working dinner, the Chinese president made reference to the meeting between the two presidents in March, in South Africa, and re-stated that China planned to continue cooperating with Mozambique.

Xi also said that two-way cooperation provided numerous opportunities and suggested that the two countries should increase projects in the areas of infrastructure, energy, agriculture and fishing.

Armando Guebuza thanked China for its support, which began before Mozambique’s independence in 1975, and added that he would like more Chinese companies to get involved in Mozambique’s development.

According to a statement issued in Maputo before the presidential entourage left the country, on his seven-day visit to China, Guebuza will take part 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.”

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 (57.64 percent). (macauhub)