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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 09:37

Czech Republic Launches Cooperation With Mozambique

MAPUTO, Mozambique, May 26, 2015 (PR Newswire) — The Czech Republic hopes to establish cooperation with Mozambique resting on the development of projects with a long duration, and a long term vision for the future.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek discussed ideas for bilateral cooperation on Wednesday with Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario.


Mozambique used to have good relations with Czechoslovakia, but there have been few contacts since the collapse of state socialism in eastern Europe, and the breakup of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.


At the end of the audience, Zaoralek told reporters “We want to re-launch contacts in terms of economic relations between our two countries. In recent years a lot has changed on both sides. We want to resume our contacts and to contribute to sustainable development, not just to short term things”.


One of the areas of possible cooperation was defence, he said, particularly in terms of training, and of the supply of Czech electronic equipment.


In line with this desire, Zaoralek signed a memorandum of understanding with Mozambican Defence Minister, Atanasio Ntumuke.


The agenda of the Czech delegation includes visits to some units of the Mozambican armed forces (FADM), and Zaorelek was accompanied by the Deputy Defence Minister, Tomas Kuchta, and by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Gen Frantisek Maleninsky.


Other areas of potential interest, Zaorelek said, included electricity, mechanical engineering, waste management, agriculture and education. He suggested that Mozambique might find it valuable to send students to Czech universities.


“We know that your President, coincidentally, trained at the same faculty as I did”, he added. President Filipe Nyusi took the mechanical engineering course at the Vaaz Military Academy in Brno in 1990.


“We can cooperate in these areas”, said Zaorelek. “I would like to guarantee that we can support you in establishing a stable and equitable partnership”.


Zaorelek was also accompanied by a business delegation from 15 Czech companies, who claimed they are willing to invest about eight million US dollars in the Mozambican economy. Their areas of interest are infrastructures, energy, hydrocarbons, agriculture and industrial equipment.


The Czech business people attended a forum with their Mozambican counterparts, regarded by the Mozambican Minister of Industry and Trade, Max Tonela, as a landmark in the re-launching of economic cooperation. He was confident that “the business representatives accompanying the minister are bringing new opportunities to our country.”


The executive director of the Confederation of Mozambican Business Associations (CTA), Luis Sitoe, guaranteed that the Forum would give great encouragement to business relations between the two countries. (END)



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