The British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, Katherine Fletcher, visited Mozambique from 11 to 15 October and met with the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, in Maputo.
According to a press release from the British High Commission in Maputo, during his meeting with Nyusi, Fletcher welcomed the increase in trade between Mozambique and the United Kingdom and highlighted specific opportunities in the renewable energy and agriculture sectors.
The British envoy also congratulated the Mozambican government for sending a delegation, headed by the Prime Minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, to take part in the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, between 31 October and 12 November 2021.
Fletcher’s visit had, additionally, as objectives, to promote long term mutually beneficial partnerships that promote sustainable development for Mozambique and the UK, in the areas of agriculture, technology and rail-port infrastructure; and to emphasize the UK’s commitment to working with Mozambique on the economic empowerment of women.
“The UK believes in a mutually beneficial trade and business partnership with Mozambique. It was good to see that coffee from Gorongosa can now be bought in the UK. British companies in the agro-industrial sector employ over 400,000 Mozambicans across the country and are making an important contribution to this prosperous future. But, we want more partnerships,” said Fletcher quoted by “O País”.
Also in Mozambique, Fletcher held meetings with the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Max Tonela; of National Defence, Jaime Neto, Agriculture and Rural Development, Celso Correia, president of the Tax Authority, Amélia Muendane, and other senior Government dignitaries.
Katherine Fletcher began her visit in Manica, where she met with British companies operating in the agricultural sector and with the Secretary of State, Edson Macuácua.
She also visited Gorongosa National Park (GNP) projects to explore opportunities to facilitate increased coffee and honey exports to the UK; understand the park’s agricultural activities and explore opportunities for collaboration in the sector, including promoting UK expertise in agri-technology, women’s economic empowerment programmes and highlighting Gorongosa’s contribution to building climate resilience, green economy job creation and carbon credit projects.
Finally, he visited the Port of Beira to reiterate and strengthen commercial ties between the UK and Mozambique and to identify investment opportunities and bring the necessary expertise to support port efficiency and sustainability.