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Mozambique hopes to expand its cooperation with China

07-05-2010 09:00 BJT

by Manuel Camilo

MAPUTO, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The Mozambican government has chosen the areas of energy, natural resources, agriculture and tourism as the priorities for cooperation with China, Finance Minister Manuel Chang has said.

Chang told Xinhua on Sunday that his country is seeking to expand its cooperation with China, especially in the these areas.

He said at the moment, Mozambique is pleased with the way the existing relations are developing with China.

Chang said "We want to strengthen the relations during a three-day visit to Mozambique, by a Chinese delegation led by deputy trade minister Chen Jian, which arrived here on Thursday".

At a business symposium in Maputo held under the theme "Maximising synergies in business opportunities with China", chairperson of the Mozambican Confederation of Business Associations (CTA) Salimo Abdula invited the Chinese businessmen to invest, particularly in agriculture.

Abdula noted that there has been a substantial increase of China's investment in Mozambique in recent years, and that the Chinese investment in Mozambique reached 526 million U.S. dollars in 2009.

The Chinese delegation to the business symposium is dominated by construction companies including the Shanghai Construction Group, Beijing Construction Engineering Group International, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), China Railway Group Limited (CREC), CGGC International, China Gszhouba (Group) Corporation (CGGC) and CITIC Construction Co, Ltd.

Chinese businesses are already heavily involved in Mozambican public works. Chinese contractors are involved in building the new national stadium, the expansion and modernisation of Maputo International Airport, the rehabilitation of water systems in several cities, and the reconstruction of parts of the main north- south highway.

This business mission followed a visit by Mozambican Prime Minister Aires Ali to China last month.

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