Mozambican president urges Portugal to invest “a bit more”

2 July 2014

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza called on Tuesday for stronger economic relations and bilateral cooperation, considering that Portugal “can still do a bit more” in terms of investment in his country, despite the crisis.

Guebuza, who is on an official visit to Portugal until Thursday, made his comments in Lisbon after a working meeting with Portuguese President Cavaco Silva. He highlighted “the excellent level of political and diplomatic relations between the two countries.”

Stressing that Mozambique “continues to grow from the economic standpoint” and that “investments also continue to flow” to his country, Guebuza said that Mozambique “already counts” on Portugal in that process, though there is still room to grow.

Cooperation cannot be limited to the economic and investment area but “has to continue being extended to the social area, which is very important” along with training and health, said the Mozambican head of state, who recalled “the dramas” Africa faces with diseases such as malaria.

Cavaco Silva highlighted in turn that cooperation between the two countries covers various areas, namely “culture, news media and cooperation between universities.” He mentioned the existence of research projects in the Portuguese language field and in personnel training.

Regarding his trip, due to the “kind and friendly invitation from Portugal” extended by Cavaco Silva, Guebuza said he could attest to the quality of political and diplomatic relations as well as personal relations, indicating that the visit was one of the last official acts in the final stretch of his last term. (macauhub/PT/MZ)