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The Norwegian prime minister yesterday expressed her country’s willingness to bolster support for Mozambique and the peace process, placing the management of public funds and the fight against corruption side by side among the top priorities.
Erna Solberg, quoted yesterday by the Mozambican Information Agency (AIM), said that the two states would strengthen bilateral cooperation and that Norway would continue to monitor peace negotiations between the Mozambican government and the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the country’s main opposition party.
Prime Minister Solberg was speaking after official talks on the second day of Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi’s state visit to the Nordic country. Support for areas vital to the Mozambican economy is also among Norway’s priorities, Solberg added.
At a press conference, the Mozambican head of state pointed to the Nordic country’s experience in the management of public funds and in the fight against corruption as among Mozambique’s main points of interest.
“Relations between Mozambique and Norway are at their highest yet,” President Nyusi commented. Between 2015 and 2016, Norwegian support for Mozambique reached US$80 million, figures released by AIM reveal.
Nyusi’s visit comes at the invitation of Erna Solberg, at a time when the two countries already have intense relations in various fields.
Norway is part of the group of nine international officers that are providing technical support and counselling to the process of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration in civil society of the armed members of Renamo.
On the economic front, the government of Mozambique and the Norwegian company Yara International in July 2017 signed a memorandum of understanding for the production of fertilisers from natural gas extracted from the Rovuma basin in the north of the country.
During this visit, Filipe Nyusi will also meet Crown Prince Haakon and the president of the Norwegian parliament.Source: Lusa
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