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TVM / President Filipe Nyusi, who is member number 521 of the Order of Engineers of Mozambique, addressing the congress in Maputo today.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday declared that the country’s engineers must make their presence felt incisively in the formulation and implementation of strategies, making it possible for Mozambique to overcome the various challenges faced in its development.
An engineer, he added, could only take pride in his qualifications if he used them to help solve those challenges.
Nyusi was speaking in Maputo at the opening session of both the 5th Engineering Congress of Mozambique and the 8th Luso-Mozambican Engineering Congress. The latter brings together engineers from Mozambique, Portugal and other members of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).
“In Mozambique, engineers are once again called upon to place themselves on the front line in the creation of opportunities that seek to promote development cooperation with the use of engineering in the areas the government has defined as priorities”, he said. “In this context, engineers must, in close collaboration with private business, take into account the specificities of the country”.
Engineers, Nyusi added, should neither lament nor comment upon problems, but instead should analyse them and present solutions.
The dominant themes of the five day congress will include the teaching of engineering and of information technologies; public works and transport infrastructures; construction and urban rehabilitation; marine technologies and water infrastructures; and geotechnics and mineral resources.
These themes, Nyusi said, fit perfectly into the agenda and priorities of the government, particularly when there is growing pressure for investment in the industrialisation of Mozambique.
“It is in our interest to greatly increase the sustainable use of engineering in the search for solutions that will increase production and productivity and relieve poverty in our country”, he declared.
But Mozambique possesses few qualified engineers (and Nyusi is one of them). Given the shortage of engineers, he called on the country’s universities to introduce more courses in engineering, including in specialist areas. A country’s level of development, he stressed, is heavily dependent on the number and quality of the engineers it possesses.
The Order of Engineers of Mozambique, the professional body that represents engineers, only has about 2,500 members (and Nyusi is member number 521). The most recent member of the Order received his certificate at the opening session of the congress.Source: AIM