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Mozambique believes it is vital to boost economic cooperation with Botswana, the main objective of President Nyusi’s three-day state visit to the neighbouring Southern African Development Community (SADC) country.
This was the message President Nyusi delivered to the group of twenty Mozambican business people accompanying him on his visit just after arriving in Gaberone, the Tswana capital, yesterday morning.
Filipe Nyusi’s visit to Botswana comes at the invitation of his counterpart, Ian Khama, who visited Mozambique in May of last year.
The start of Nyusi’s visit was marked by official talks with his Tswana counterpart, culminating in the signing of four memoranda of understanding in the areas of health, education, tourism and agriculture.
Speaking at the beginning of the talks, President Nyusi stressed the importance of economic cooperation, the main topic of a speech he gave later at a lunch in his honour, when he took the opportunity to invite Botswana businesspeople to invest in anchor projects in Mozambique.
Yesterday afternoon, President Nyusi visited IMPACTI Genetics, a centre for the genetic improvement of cattle, where he learned about the operations of a company which has extensive experience of cattle breeding in a country where the export of livestock is one of the main sources of income.
The company’s managers explained to the Mozambican head of state that this success was not easy to achieve because it demanded a change in the mentality of the farmers who, in many cases, formed strong bonds with their animals.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Luísa Meque said that this was an important opportunity for Mozambique to learn from Botswana.
“We need to produce more meat in Mozambique using the technologies presented here, especially with the transfer of embryos and also artificial insemination for cross-breeding,” she said.
Meque said Mozambique’s biggest challenge was “to produce good quality meat in less time so we can supply our market and possibly also export”.
Today, the president will participate in a Mozambique-Botswana business forum. The president’s program also includes a visit to the Botswana Meat Commission where he will learn about the various stages of beef processing, including slaughtering, butchery and packaging.
Also today, President Nyusi has a trip to the future facilities of the Samora Machel Museum scheduled, plus a visit to the Botswana Vaccine Institute.
Tomorrow, the last day of his visit, President Nyusi will visit the Diamond Trade Centre and the Pluckzenic Diamond Company (Botswana Diamond Cutting and Polishing Company) and finally the headquarters of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) ), where he will meet the executive directorate and visit the Regional Prior Notice Centre.Source: Notícias
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