Mozambique gives nod to French investors
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza has extended an invitation to new French initiatives aimed at promoting investment cooperation particularly in trade and security, sources said Sunday.State-run television said the initiative was mooted when French President Francois Hollande received Mr. Guebuza at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday.
Dozens of French businessmen are expected soon in Mozambique, Deputy Foreign Minister Henrique Banze told reporters after the two leaders’ meeting in Paris.
‘This is a very fruitful and promising visit’, said Banze. ‘Our President has shown openness and the two sides have agreed that cooperation should be deepened’.
As for the security sector, Banze said this is important both for both countries and especially when France maintains it military presence on the neibouring Islands of Reunion and Mayotte which be helpful to fight piracy.
Banze named other areas to include fishing and said the president was appreciative of some of the French companies already operating in Mozambique.
The minister also hinted about the intention of Air France which he said would re-open the Maputo-Paris route, giving travellers to Europe a convenient alternative to the current routes (via Lisbon, Johannesburg, Nairobi or Addis Ababa).
Banze added that Guebuza has invited Hollande to visit Mozambique on dates to be agreed through diplomatic channels.