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The governments of Mozambique and Mauritius are expected to sign two bilateral cooperation agreements covering tourism and the environment later this week during a state visit to the island by President Filipe Nyusi. The visit, which began today and ends on Saturday, is in response to an invitation from Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.
Speaking to the media just before the President left for Mauritius, Foreign Minister Jose Pacheco said that the bilateral accords will cover common interests in both areas. He added that Mauritian interest in Mozambique includes the tourism and agricultural sectors (especially sugar cane production). Pacheco also mentioned that the country has shown interest in Mozambique’s energy sector and the transfer of agricultural mechanisation technologies.
During his visit, President Nyusi will stress the need for more dynamic cooperation in the economic sphere whilst upholding bilateral relations built on friendship, solidarity, and cooperation. On Friday, he will attend the official ceremony for the Commemoration of the 184th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery at Le Morne Village, followed by a lunch hosted by the Acting President of the Republic of Mauritius, Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory.
President Nyusi will also meet with various groups including the Mozambican community living in the country and open the Mozambique-Mauritius Business Forum. During the trip he will be accompanied by his wife Isaura; Jose Pacheco; Minister of Culture and Tourism Silva Dunduro; Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Luisa Meque; Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Julio Pio; members of the business community; and staff from the President’s office.