Mozambique: Agreement On Mineral Resources With Portugal

Maputo — The Mozambican and Portuguese governments signed in Maputo on Thursday a memorandum of understanding for institutional, scientific and business cooperation in mineral resources.

The memorandum was signed by the Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources, Esperanca Bias, and the Portuguese Minister of the Environment, Territorial Organisation and Energy, Jorge da Silva, on the final day of the three day visit to Mozambique by Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho.

“Through this memorandum, it will be possible for us to cooperate in a more effective manner”, said Bias. “This is a very good moment in Mozambique, in which we are getting to know better the resources of the country's subsoil, and we have been making great discoveries in mineral resources”.

She added that Mozambique has now acquired sufficient knowledge in the area of mineral resources that it can pass on to others. But she also recognized that the former colonial power has some knowledge of Mozambique.

Under the memorandum, Portugal will increase the number of Mozambican technical staff who will be trained in Portuguese institutions. At business level, more Portuguese companies may join Mozambican enterprises in the exploitation of mineral resources.

In the scientific area, Mozambique may receive assistance from Portugal in researching and mapping new areas where discoveries could be made.

For his part, Silva recognized that Mozambique is a country which the entire international community looks towards as a great hope for economic development based on mineral and geological resources.

He regarded the memorandum as of great importance for Portugal. “There's a very relevant economic dimension in Mozambique”, he said. “The experience you have in this area is very relevant indeed”.

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