Mozambique presents priority areas for cooperation to China

4 December 2015

The definition of priority areas such as agriculture, infrastructure and industrialisation, as well as their financing were topics discussed Thursday in Johannesburg by the presidents of China and Mozambique, Xi Jinping and Filipe Nyusi.

The meeting, the first between the two heads of state since Nyusi was sworn in in January as President of Mozambique, took place at the Second Summit of Heads of State and Government of the China/Africa Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation (FOCAC) which runs from Friday, in Johannesburg, South Africa, bringing together more than 50 dignitaries from countries with diplomatic relations with China.

According to Mozambican news agency AIM, the three areas that Mozambique put up for discussion with China coincide with the priorities identified not only by the African Union but also by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), as it was considered that they are essential to poverty alleviation by increasing the income of the productive sector and the promotion of employment opportunities for the population.

Mozambique also intends, through industrialisation, to change the current scenario characterised by the export of most of the products produced in the country in an unprocessed state, especially mineral and agricultural products, which greatly reduces their potential price on the international market.

During the meeting, Xi Jinping said China and Mozambique should view bilateral relations from a strategic long-term perspective and support each other on issues related to the vital interests and concerns of each country. (macauhub/CN/MZ)