Mozambique negotiates with China to build vocational training institute

23 May 2018

The Mozambican government is negotiating with China to finance and build a vocational and technical training institute in Gorongosa, in the centre of the country, according to a statement from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher and Technical Education.

Minister Jorge Nhambiu said in the statement quoted by Mozambican news agency AIM that the government intends to create a “centre of excellence” offering courses related to agriculture, livestock, agricultural processing, renewable energy and information and communication technologies.

The plans discussed with a Chinese delegation outline construction of an institute with capacity for 400 students in an area of 310 hectares – 10 hectares for school buildings and 300 hectares for agricultural and livestock facilities – in an estimated investment of US$18 million.

The Chinese delegation expects the work to be completed within two years of the project is approved, the ministerial statement said.

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress of China, visited Mozambique this month and expressed openness to financing new economic projects, highlighting the potential of Mozambique in the area of agriculture and infrastructure. (macauhub)