SA, Mozambique set to strengthen bilateral ties

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pretoria - Bilateral ties between South Africa and Mozambique are set to soar to new levels as President Jacob Zuma undertakes a two-day state visit to that country.

The visit - which kicks off on Wednesday - will allow the two leaders to consult on issues of mutual interest, in particular on bilateral, regional and continental cooperation, the Presidency said on Monday.

“The visit will further foster closer trade relations with Mozambique, which is one of the seven fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Mozambique has investment opportunities in sectors such as construction, mining and petroleum.

South Africa and Mozambique already share strong historical and fraternal ties dating back to the fight against colonialism and apartheid.

With the advent of democracy in 1994, South Africa and Mozambique have strengthened their relations especially in the area of economic cooperation and investment.

This cooperation resulted in the implementation of multi-billion rand economic projects such as the Maputo Development Corridor and the trilateral Spatial Development Initiative with Swaziland.

President Zuma will travel to Mozambique, accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa. -