Mozambique seeks stronger relations

Mozambique seeks stronger relations
Updated 08 November 2014

Mozambique seeks stronger relations

Mozambique seeks stronger relations

Ambassador Cesar Gouveia has expressed optimism that ties between Saudi Arabia and Mozambique would further strengthen with the election of a new president.
“President Felipe Jacinto Nyusi, who recently won the presidential election, is expected to step up efforts to further improve ties between the two countries,” he told Arab News in an interview.
Nyusi, who was the Frelimo Party’s candidate and a former defense minister, defeated former President Alfonso Dhlakama of the Renamo Party, garnering 57.3 percent of the votes.
Gouveia added that Mozambique considers that “the two brotherly countries have the same stance as far as international issues are concerned.”
“Saudi Arabia and Mozambique also share the same stance as far as the Palestinians are concerned. In fact, the Palestinian Authority has an embassy in Mozambique,” he said. Gouveia said that Nyusi is also expected to continue the projects and policies started under the former president as far as diplomatic relationship with the Kingdom is concerned.
“We want to strengthen ties and step up collaboration in various sectors, such as trade, investment, tourism, culture, among others,” said Gouveia, also the Mozambican representative in the 56-member Organization of Islamic Conference.
He said that Mozambique is already exporting agricultural products, such as bananas, to the Kingdom and other Gulf countries, but he felt that there was much room for improvement in trade.
“We could also export oranges, rice and soya beans. Moreover, we could also export seafood, like prawns, tilapia and hamour, among others,” he said.
He invited Saudi businessmen to invest in Mozambique, which offers incentives, such as free repatriation of capital, minimal tax on manufacturing plants or machinery in certain fields and tax break for five years since the start of the investment, among many others.
“The country, with a 20-million population, has great potential both for local and foreign investors alike. This is why we’re inviting Saudi businessmen to explore the possibilities,” he said.
One of the sectors that shows great potential is tourism.
The country “abounds with island resorts, which boast white sandy beaches and clear and blue water, as well as invigorating sunshine.”
“In fact, Saudis have begun visiting Mozambique. However, we expect more considering the variety of tourism facilities that Mozambique has on offer,” he said, adding that 70 Saudis visited the southeast African country last year.