Mozambique and Vietnam intend to expand co-operation ties in the commercial and economic areas, with emphasis on the agricultural sector. This interest was expressed on Monday 11 September in Maputo by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Manuel Gonçalves, at the end of a meeting with Vietnamese Vice-President Võ Thị Ánh Xuân.
According to the Mozambican government official, during the talks the two delegations discussed matters related to the political, economic and social situation in both countries, and showed interest in broadening the level of co-operation in order to boost development.
“We want a partnership in the area of research, to take advantage of Vietnam’s experience in the area of agriculture and thus boost rice production in the country,” she added.
The Vietnamese president is in Mozambique for a four-day official working visit, with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
According to Vietnam News, during her stay in the country, the deputy minister will hold talks with the prime minister, Adriano Maleiane, and the president of the Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA), Agostinho Vuma. She will also be received in audience by the head of the Mozambican state, Filipe Nyusi, and the president of the Assembly of the Republic, Esperança Bias.
“Võ Thị Ánh Xuân will have a meeting with officials from the Vietnamese embassy and representatives of the Vietnamese community in Mozambique, and a working session is also scheduled with the telecommunications company Movitel, based in the city of Maputo,” she said.
Mozambique has strengths in natural resources, fisheries and competitive labour, while Vietnam has advantages in agriculture, handicrafts, fisheries and the labour force, which influence the development of cooperation between the two nations.
Vietnam and Mozambique established diplomatic relations on 25 June 1975, and the Asian country established its embassy in the country in 1976.
Economic, trade and investment co-operation is the highlight of the relationship between the two countries. Their commercial turnover in 2022 totalled more than 177 million dollars.