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On 15 February, Aberdeen City Council and the Municipal Council of the City of Pemba, Cabo Delgado, will strengthen their relations by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on future cooperation. This reflects an important aspect of the UK’s continuing support for Mozambique’s economic development and future prosperity.
It marks the reinforcement of a partnership launched in 2013 to share British excellence in the oil & gas sector, while opening up new markets for British business.
The MoU will be signed by the Pemba City Mayor, Tagir Carimo, and the Councillor John Reynolds, representing Aberdeen City Council. The agreement paves the way for enhanced cooperation on trade and businesses, job creation and skills, and shared opportunities between the two cities.
Councillor John Reynolds said: “Aberdeen and Pemba share a number of common goals. Like Pemba, Aberdeen is an international city with a global outlook and we look forward to working together. The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is great news for the prosperity of both our cities and we look forward to new opportunities for future growth.
“The MoU between Aberdeen and Pemba follows a visit to Aberdeen more than 4 years ago by the President of Mozambique, who was keen to maintain this connection. We have since seen a number of high-level visits and trade missions in both directions.”
British High Commissioner Joanna Kuenssberg said this step gives Pemba and Aberdeen a new framework for future partnership.” I am delighted that British – and especially Scottish – expertise can help Mozambique’s transformation. A number of Mozambican and Scottish companies and officials will be able to collaborate and cooperate in sharing information and implementing programmes aimed at building mutual prosperity for the people of Mozambique and the UK”.
The signing ceremony will be witnessed by the Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Dr Ernesto Max Tonela, the Governor of Cabo Delgado province, Júlio Parruque, the British High Commissioner and other representatives of the British government, British businesses operating in Mozambique, and representatives from the Mozambican private sector.
After the signing, a seminar will discuss areas of common interest between Pemba and Aberdeen including education & skills and the oil and gas industry as a driver for economic diversification. A subsequent conference will give local businesses an opportunity to learn more about the plans of oil and gas supply chain companies in Cabo Delgado.
The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding will be held at the premises of the Pemba Municipality, at 9h30m a.m. tomorrow.