Cooperation between Mozambique and China has been positive, says Consul General in Macau
Cooperation between Mozambique and China, one of the African country’s main financiers, infrastructure builders and currently the largest foreign investor in the country, has been positive, said Custodio Rafael Marques, Consul General of Mozambique in Macau.
The Consul General, after recalling various visits and high-level meetings in 2016, said in the Forum Macau newsletter that “2017 will be a year of hard work to follow up the actions already initiated, and condition have already been created so that there will be an increase in Chinese investment and trade between the two countries. ”
Marques stressed that the 2017/2019 action plan, approved during the Fifth Ministerial Conference of Forum Macau, which was attended by Mozambique’s Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, addresses the interests and priorities of Mozambique, particularly with regard to the country’s industrialisation process and increase in production capacity.
Stressing the special attention that the government of Mozambique pays to Forum Macau, an organization that can help consolidate economic relations and ensure the flow of public and private investment in selected areas, including agriculture, infrastructure, energy, tourism and industrialisation, the Consul General highlighted the role of Macau as a platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.
“Macau is a platform for economic and trade cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries which has hosted various events to promote this cooperation between the Pearl River Delta region and those countries,” he said, adding that the mission of the Consulate General in Macau is to be part of this dynamic, “promoting the opportunities that Mozambique offers not only Macau but also in the south China region.”
Delegations of China and Mozambique discuss future cooperation
Chinese Premier and Mozambique Prime Minister
Premier of the State Council, Li Keqiang, holds a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mozambique, Mr Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, at the Macao East Asian Games Dome during Premier Li’s three-day visit to Macao.
Prime Minister Carlos Rosario heads Mozambican delegation to the Ministerial Conference of Forum Macau
Mozambique will be represented in the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum Macau to be held on 11 and 12 October 2016 by a delegation led by Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario.
The Prime Minister of Mozambique, who has held this post since January 2015, has an extensive career in Asia and was High Commissioner in India and Sri Lanka and later Ambassador to Indonesia with accreditation in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Timor-Leste.
The delegation, in addition to senior officials of the Mozambican government, include the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China, Aires Bonifacio Baptista Ali and the Consul-General in Macau, Custodio Rafael Marques.
The Prime Minister of Mozambique’s visit coincides with the launch of the new website of the Consulate General (wwwn.mozconsulate-macau.org.mo) which, according to Rafael Marques intends to meet the growing demands resulting from “cooperation with the People’s Republic of China—in particular with the Special Administrative Region. Our goal is to act as a platform for commercial and economic cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries to promote commercial and investment activities and to facilitate intercultural exchanges.”
“Mozambique provides important resources that align with the interests of China and Macau and is among the Austral African countries with the best conditions for tourism and wealth creation. In this context, we would like to invite the business sector of Macao and China to invest in Mozambique and rely on the collaboration of the Consulate General of Mozambique,” says the Consul General Rafael Marques in a message placed in the new portal.
Mozambique opens doors to China in Macau
The opening of a consulate general of Mozambique in Macau marked the strengthening of relations with the People’s Republic of China.
At the official ceremony, which took place at the end of October in 2014, Ambassador Antonio Inacio Junior underlined the strong Chinese investment in Mozambique and his desire for continued growth and cooperation in terms of investment and trade.
The diplomat Custodio Rafael Marques said that Mozambique intends to strengthen this cooperation through Macau.
The then Secretary for Administration and Justice of the Macau government, Florinda Chan, attended the ceremony and was quoted saying that the opening of the Consulate General “reflects not only the importance that the Government of Mozambique attaches relations with China and Macau, but also the deepening of mutual relations between Macau and Mozambique, and the local government will do everything to develop this friendly and fruitful relation. “