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Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário has said that Mozambique, and Africa in general, cannot remain hostage to economies based on the export of raw materials.
“We need to grow through processing our own natural resources and adding value to our raw materials,” the prime minister said, speaking on a panel on China-Africa relations on Saturday at the Africa-2017 Forum.
According to Carlos do Rosário, enhancing Africa’s technological capacity to transform natural resources is an opportunity for more employment and income is a matter of urgency.
The prime minister listed the strategic areas chosen by the Mozambican government for attracting investment, namely agriculture, tourism, infrastructure and energy, and seized the opportunity to present the country’s potential and existing investment opportunities.
He also spoke about the importance of youth empowerment and fulfilling the aspirations of Mozambique and Africa.
“Youth needs to prepare for the future. Africa without youth will not get far. Our youth deserves quality education to meet current challenges,” he said, calling on African countries to avoid debt burdens in their cooperation with China.
The issue of youth empowerment was one of the great attractions of the forum, which brought together more than 1,000 policy makers, investors and others participants,
At a press conference following his participation on the panel, the prime minister said that Mozambique’s participation was positive. “We have portrayed a stable country where investment is welcome,” he said.
The Africa-2017 Forum, held under the motto “Driving Investment for Inclusive Growth”, discussed topics such as financial inclusion, regional integration, renewable energy, technological innovation and youth entrepreneurship.Source: Notícias
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