Zuma tightens bonds with Mozambique

2011-12-15 10:02

Maputo - President Jacob Zuma and his Mozambican counterpart Armando Guebuza agreed on Wednesday to raise the status of the relationship between their countries, the presidency said.

"Relations between South Africa and Mozambique will soon be structured in the form of a bi-national commission chaired by the heads of state in the two countries," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

The decision was taken during Zuma's two-day visit to Maputo, when he was awarded the Freedom of the City.

It also saw the signing of agreements relating to regular diplomatic consultations and co-operation.

The presidents signed memoranda of understanding relating to forestry-based industries¸ co-operation in arts, culture and heritage for the next two years and co-operation around communications.

A fourth was signed with a third country, Tanzania. It related to maritime security co-operation between the three countries, which share much of Africa's Indian Ocean coastline south of the Equator.

"[They] observed with appreciation that a lot of progress has been made in terms of advancement of political, economical and social co-operation between the two countries," Maharaj said.

"[They] noted the increase in the trade volumes and investments between the two countries... [and] reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together to facilitate interactions of business communities."

Key in this regard were energy, mineral resources, tourism, transport and communications, science and technology, and trade and industry.

On the sidelines of the state visit, a business forum was organised between the South African and Mozambican business communities, addressed by the two presidents. The forum explored further areas of trade and investment.

  • Blade - 2011-12-15 10:51

    Zuma and Guebuza. Dumb and Dumber.

  • Chris - 2011-12-15 11:26

    Wait, what? Why is Zuma suddenly carrying on with Mbeki's African Renaissance programme? I think Mbeki had a fantastic forward-thinking idea but this just reads like Zuma pulling his socks up ahead of Manguang next year. Will this strategy be tossed aside when its expediency is used up?

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-15 12:10

      I always laughed at the 'African Renaissance' as the word means rebirth. The Europeans had a rebirth after the dark ages. Sub Saharan Africa never had a classical period, they were stone age up to 200 years ago.

      Pieter - 2011-12-15 12:12

      An African Rennaissance? Oxymoron if you ask me.

      Chris - 2011-12-15 15:55

      Really, is that sum total of your mental capacity? Can you two not, just for a moment, think about the available options and potential of something productive happening first before whining about it like obsolete middle managers? Or are you going to start trying to micromanage your claims with some sort of delusional fairy story about culture?

  • Thorsten Wach - 2011-12-15 11:39

    valid point blade

  • Hangwani - 2011-12-15 11:51

    @Increasingly annoyed....good point you are making.

  • Jimmy - 2011-12-15 11:56

    Yes I'm sure this will really benefit SA seeing that Mozambique is such an economic powerhouse.

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