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President Nyusi will be a guest speaker today at the renowned Chatham House think-tank in London, where he will speak about ‘Fostering Sustainable Peace, Democracy and Inclusive Development in Mozambique’. The meeting takes place at 11 a.m. local time (12 noon in Maputo) and Alex Vines, Chatham House director of Area Studies and International Law and head of the Africa programme, will chair the meeting.
According to Chatham House’s website, at the meeting, “HE Filipe Nyusi, president of the Republic of Mozambique, will outline his government’s plans to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth and political stability”.
“Mozambique is undergoing an economic transition that has significant implications for the country’s citizens and development prospects. The potential for Mozambique to develop a world-class liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has attracted considerable investment into the country and has stimulated growth,” the announcement reads.
According to the same source, “Between 2006 and 2016, Mozambique’s per capita GDP increased by over 42 per cent. The government borrowed heavily against future revenues however, and policymakers will need to ensure that economic growth is inclusive, and does not exacerbate citizen disaffection and inequality”.
While in the UK, President Nyusi will also take part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit, convened for 18-20 April 2018 in London, and taking place this year under the motto ‘Towards A Common Future’.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit will address issues of common concern, particularly the proactivity of the organisation in the international arena to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, in order to ensure that its peoples have a more just, prosperous and secure future.
President Nyusi is accompanied on his trip by his wife, Isaura Nyusi, Foreign and Cooperation Minister José Pacheco, Minister of Industry and Commerce Ragendra de Sousa; and Minister of State Administration and Civil Service, Carmelita Namashulua.
About Chatham House
The Royal Institute of International Affairs, commonly known as Chatham House, is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in London whose mission is to analyse and promote the understanding of major international issues and current affairs. It is the originator of the Chatham House Rule and takes its name from the building where it is based, a Grade I listed 18th-century house in St. James’s Square, designed in part by Henry Flitcroft and occupied by three British prime ministers, including William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.
The current chairman of the Council of Chatham House is Stuart Popham and its director is Robin Niblett. The deputy director is Adam Ward and research directors are Rob Bailey, Patricia Lewis,and Alex Vines.
Chatham House has distinguished presidents from each of the three main political parties at Westminster: Sir John Major, former UK Prime Minister, Eliza Manningham-Buller, former Director General of MI5, and Alistair Darling, former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Chatham House Rule
Chatham House is the origin of the non-attribution rule known as the Chatham House Rule, which provides that guests attending a meeting may discuss the content of the meeting in the outside world, but may not discuss who attended or identify what a specific individual said. The Chatham House Rule evolved to facilitate frank and honest discussion on controversial or unpopular issues by speakers who may not have otherwise had the appropriate forum to speak freely. Despite this, most meetings at Chatham House are held on the record, and not under the Chatham House Rule.