Sweden’s deputy Prime minister makes official visit to Mozambique

7 October 2013

Sweden’s deputy Prime Minister, Jan Bjorklund, is due Monday to begin an official visit to Mozambique to promote two-way trade and encourage Swedish companies to set themselves up in Mozambique, the Mozambican press reported.

The schedule for the visit includes meetings with Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina and deputy Finance Minister Pedro Couto, to discuss the economy and investments based on Sweden’s interest in the Mozambican market.

In an interview with Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Sweden’s ambassador to Mozambique, Ulla Andrén, said that her country would continue to support the Mozambican budget as well as Mozambican civil society, “as we believe that pluralism in Mozambique needs to be expanded.”

The Swedish government is preparing a new cooperation strategy for the 2014-2020 period, focused on economic development and creating jobs, which is a priority for Mozambique.

The new strategy includes the agricultural sector, which employs most of the population, research and innovation, good governance and assistance to State institutions such as the Administrative Courts.

As part of the Swedish deputy Prime Minister’s visit, a meeting will be held for representatives of the Confederation of Economic Associations, the Investment Promotion Centre, Banco Nacional de Investimentos and Swedish companies Ericsson, Atlas-Copco, ABB, Volvo Equipamentos, Eltel and Levas Flor. (macauhub)