Zuma to attend Guebuza's inauguration

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is to represent South Africa at the inauguration of Mozambique's President-elect Armando Guebuza.

Guebuza, who first came in to power in 2005, won a re-election in November last year. His ruling Frelimo Party has been in power since 1975.

Zuma at the time said he hoped the warm and close ties between South Africa and Mozambique would continue to prosper during Guebuza's new term of office.

The President is expected to travel to Mozambique accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana Mashabane. The two will attend the ceremony with the view to further strengthen the African Agenda as well as give concrete expression to regional cooperation.

South Africa and Mozambique already share excellent, historic and neighbourly relations that have over the years been further solidified through the South Africa/ Mozambique Heads of State Economic Bilateral as well as the Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation and SADC among others.

"Both countries have over some time been able to play a critical role in ensuring that Africa remains on the developmental agenda within multilateral institutions," International Relations and Cooperation's Saul Kgomotso Molobi said.

Despite being one of Africa's poorest countries, Mozambique has growing economic potential.

During his term, Guebuza has indicated that he will simplify investment laws, cut red tape and press on with market liberalisation. However, he faces growing calls to provide more jobs and housing.