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Former Mozambican PM Mário Machungo said yesterday that the flow of people between Portuguese-speaking countries would not happen if there was no economic need.
“As long as there are no economic reasons for the movement of people, there will be no free movement between our countries,” Machungo said in a debate at the Estoril Conference on Lusophony, which brought together the Mayor of Cascais and the former Director General of the Community of the Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and current ambassador of Guinea-Bissau in Lisbon, Hélder Vaz Lopes.
Noting that today the movement of Mozambicans is more towards China, which is playing an increasingly important role in Africa, Machungo said that the greatest opportunity for the movement of Portuguese-speaking people from Portugal to Mozambique were the ongoing and projected megaprojects .
“We need the participation of Portuguese capital in megaprojects such as the liquefaction of gas in the north of the country, which are currently backed by American and Italian capital,” Machungo said. “If Portugal has the capacity to anticipate and see the opportunity these large projects present, [then] it can enable this great movement of people and investment.”Source: Lusa
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