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The Mozambican and Japanese governments on Wednesday signed two cooperation agreements in the development of infrastructures, during the official visit of President Filipe Nyusi to Japan.
One of the agreements was an exchange of notes on the construction of roads and bridges in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, initialed by the Mozambican ambassador to Japan, Jose Vieira de Morais, and his Japanese counterpart, Akira Mizutani.
Under the agreement, Japan will finance three bridges in the Messalo river basin along National Highway 380, which runs from the Cabo Delgado provincial capital, Pemba, to Palma district. The road is of great importance for the liquefied natural gas factories that will shortly be built in Palma.
The second agreement is a memorandum of understanding on the development of urban transport in Maputo, signed by the Mozambican Deputy Transport Minister, Manuela Rebelo, and the Deputy Minister for International Affairs, in the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hirofumi Katase.
Finding a solution to Maputo’s transport crisis is one of the questions that Nyusi brought with him to Japan, and on Tuesday he visited part of the Tokyo surface metro network operated by the company Yurikamome.
The signing ceremony was preceded by a meeting between Nyusi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Speaking to reporters, Nyusi said the dominant theme of the meeting was discussing short, medium and long term solutions to Mozambique’s urban transport problems. He also stressed the importance of such major projects as the Nacala Development Corridor in the north of the country, mining in the Moatize coal basin, in the western province of Tete, and the participation of Japanese companies in the exploitation of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin.
Nyusi added that Mozambique is prepared to host the next inter-ministerial meeting of TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development), scheduled for 25-27 April this year.
His Japanese host stressed Japan’s interest in the development of the Nacala Corridor as a major transport artery for south-eastern Africa.
“We shall undertake economic cooperation with the improvement of infrastructure as well as offering support for the establishment of Japanese companies in Mozambique”, he said.Source: AIM
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