Mozambique - key partner of Vietnam in Africa: PM

Vietnam always attaches importance to promoting its traditional friendship and cooperation with Mozambique and regards the country as a key partner in Africa.
June 22, 2022 | 08:05
Mozambique - key partner of Vietnam in Africa: PM
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (left) and President of the Mozambican Assembly Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias. Photo: VGP

At a meeting with President of the Mozambican Assembly Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias in Hanoi on June 21, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh highlighted the positive development in the bilateral relations over the past time, especially in politics-diplomacy, telecommunications, agriculture, trade and education, VietnamPlus reported.

Vietnam and Mozambique have maintained the exchange of delegations via the Party and State channels, as well as mutual support at multilateral forums, he said, adding that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the bilateral cooperation has been enhanced.

Economic collaboration between the two countries has also developed dynamically with Movitel, a joint venture between Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group of Vietnam and Mozambique's company SPI, being a bright spot.

Emphasising that there is large room for cooperation between the two countries, PM Chinh said Vietnam stands ready to share its experience in development, external affairs and integration with Mozambique.

He also suggested measures to deepen the bilateral ties, and noted his hope that the two legislatures will support the implementation.

Mozambique - key partner of Vietnam in Africa: PM
At the meeting between Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and President of the Mozambican Assembly Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias. Photo: VGP

For her part, Bias congratulated Vietnam on its impressive achievements in socio-economic development and Covid-19 pandemic containment, and spoke highly of the country’s role in the region and the world, especially within the frameworks of ASEAN and the United Nations.

Mozambique backs the stance of Vietnam and ASEAN on the East Sea issue, she affirmed.

The President of the Assembly also emphasised that Mozambique considers Vietnam one of the most important partners in Asia, and highly valued Vietnam’s cooperation, support and investment in Mozambique in agriculture and telecoms.

Bias pledged to support the enhancement of cooperation between the two governments, especially the implementation of the measures proposed by the Vietnamese PM.

The same day, President of the Mozambican Assembly Bias had a meeting with Vo Van Thuong, Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, who said that extensive room remains for cooperation between Vietnam and Mozambique.

Bias also met with representatives of the Vietnamese business community in Hanoi, during which she affirmed that Mozambique will act as a gateway for Vietnamese businesses to penetrate into member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

President of the Mozambican Assembly Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias
President of the Mozambican Assembly Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias speaks at a meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese business community. Photo: VNA

The President visited the Vietnam Institute of Agricultural Sciences on June 20, where she suggested the Vietnam Institute of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique continue to closely cooperate through technology and technical transfer, according to VOV.

She also recommended the two sides to exchange experts to study in the other’s country and soon implement the second phase of the agricultural cooperation project to gain new achievements in agriculture for both countries.

While visiting Viettel on June 21, Bias pledged that the Mozambican Assembly will improve policies and laws to facilitate the investment and operation of the Vietnamese group and other foreign firms.

Chủ tịch Quốc hội Mozambique thăm và làm việc tại Tập đoàn Viettel
President of the Mozambican Assembly Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias visits Viettel. Photo: VNA

Expressing her interest in digital transformation in which Viettel is taking the pioneering role in Vietnam, Bias suggested the group share its experience in this regard, and coordinate with Movitel to promote digital transformation in the Mozambican legislature.

She described Viettel's investment in Mozambique as the success of cooperation between the two countries, and noted her wish that the group would further invest in the country while serving as a bridge between Vietnamese and Mozambican enterprises.

Colonel Tao Duc Thang, Viettel Chairman and General Director, told the guest that Viettel has been operating in Mozambique for 10 years through Movitel, which has total investment of more than $600 million, 70% from Viettel, and has been seen as an effective cooperation project between the two countries.

Operational since May 2012, Movitel has taken the lead in the African nation with 6 million subscribers, covering more than 85 percent of the population in all 11 provinces.

Viettel, which has played a key role in digital transformation in the Vietnamese National Assembly and Government, wishes to help the Mozambican legislature in this sphere via its joint venture, Thang stressed.

The group is also always interested in recruiting and training Mozambican labourers at Movitel, and willing to work as an investment bridge between the two countries, he said.

Earlier the same day, Bias and her entourage visited the National Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue, during which the two sides exchanged experience in natural disaster response and search and rescue operations./.

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