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DW (File photo) / President Filipe Nyusi
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi arrived in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning to start a three day official visit to Holland, at the invitation of Dutch King Willem Alexander.
His initial activities are scheduled to include a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, and a visit to the technology centre of the Dutch multinational oil company, Shell.
Nyusi’s agenda also includes a visit to the Hague on Thursday, where he will be received by the speakers of the two chambers of the Dutch parliament. He will also tour the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in Rotterdam, and the port of Rotterdam.
That day, the President will also take part in a round table with academics and Dutch NGOs that operate in Mozambique. He will attend a Holland-Mozambique business forum, organized by the Netherlands-Africa Business Council. According to the general manager of the council, Irene Visser, around 80 Dutch companies have so far confirmed their participation at the Forum.
On Friday, the last day of the visit, Nyusi will hold official talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and will meet with the Mozambican community resident in Holland.
The composition of Nyusi’s delegation is noteworthy because it includes a leader of the opposition, namely the Mayor of Beira and head of the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), Daviz Simango, who is expected to attend several of the meetings of an economic nature.
Mozambique and Holland cooperate in areas such as food and nutritional security, water and sanitation, education, and sexual and reproductive health.
The balance of trade between the two countries is in Mozambique’s favour, largely because Holland is a major importer of the aluminium ingots made at the Mozal smelter on the outskirts of Maputo.
Mozambican exports to Holland (mostly aluminium, fruit and tobacco) in 2016 amounted to 114 million euros (about 126 million US dollars), while imports from Holland (including fossil fuels, and transport equipment) were valued at 33 million euros.Source: AIM
President Nyusi at work in Inhambane