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China's top legislator Li Zhanshu (L) meets with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, May 14, 2018. [Photo: Xinhua]
Chinese President Xi Jinping has invited his Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyusi, to participate in the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, scheduled for September in Beijing.
The chairperson of the Standing Committee of the Chinese parliament, the National People’s Assembly, Li Zhanshu, delivered the invitation when Nyusi granted him an audience on Monday.
Speaking to reporters immediately after the audience, Foreign Minister Jose Pacheco said Li had pledged that Chinese cooperation with Mozambique will continue, and he discussed with Nyusi the priority sectors for encouraging this coperation.
He mentioned the Wanbao Mozambique rice farm, an invetsment of the China-Africa Development Fund, which is designed to increase agricultural productivity on rice fiends in the Lower Limpopo Irrigation Sceme, in the southern province of Gaza. Pacheco said Li had promised a continuing supply of equipment for the Wanbao project.
In addition to the agricultural sector, Pacheco continued, China is prioritising mineral resources and infrastructure in its investment plan for Mozambique.
Also on Monday, Li met with his Mozambican counterpatrt, the Chairperson of the Assembly ofthe Republic, Veronica Macamo, who told reporters the two sides are committed to the memorandum of understanding she had signed in Beijing in February 2017. This covers such maters as cooperation inthe area of the democratic rule of law, and improving the well-being of the electorate.
Speaking to reporters, Macamo said that she and Li had reached consensus on how to implement the memorandum, but gave few details.
She praised Chinese support for the Mozambican parliament, shich owes part of its building and facilities to Chinese cooperation.
Li told the press that the Chinese and Mozambican parliaments should exchange experiences, particularly in matters of governance. “The two countries have stable and profound political cooperation”, he claimed.