The Mozambican and British governments are formulating a "high level partnership" in areas such as oil and natural gas, agriculture and the financial sector, Deputy Foreign Minister Henrique Banze told reporters on 11 September.
He was speaking at a joint press conference with the British Under-Secretary of State for Africa, Mark Simmonds, who is on his third visit to Mozambique in the space of a year.
Banze said the two countries enjoy "very good relations at bilateral and multilateral levels and within the Commonwealth". The proposed "high level partnership" is intended to take the relationship a stage higher.
Simmonds said the idea of a high level partnership was first discussed during the visit by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza to the Scottish city of Aberdeen in July, where he attended an international conference on infrastructures for the oil and gas industry in Mozambique.
"My visit is a follow-up", he said, "and we have been discussing how we might deliver the benefits of a high level partnership in terms of job creation and economic development in Mozambique".
Such a partnership was intended to deepen the relations between the two countries "in key economic sectors that are priorities for the Mozambican government".
The partnership "will deliver benefits to the Mozambican economy and people and help in our own UK economic recovery", Simmonds added.
He said that, arising from the July conference, "there are on-going discussions about the role that Aberdeen universities could play" in the Mozambican hydrocarbon sector (through the training of Mozambican technical staff, for example).
Simmonds also met with Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco. "We discussed the details for the focus of our activities", he said. "I invited the Minister to visit the UK, where he can acquaint himself with the expertise of British companies which may be interested in investing in Mozambique".