Unity with neighbours
THE province’s historic ties and cooperation with Mozambique, which is set to expire next month, will be renewed this week at a meeting between delegations from the two countries.
The local delegation, led by Premier Willies Mchunu, will meet their Mozambican counterparts as part of a three-day visit to the sister African country, which commenced on Monday and will end tomorrow.
The cooperation agreement provides a broad mechanism for economic cooperation between the two players with a focus on economic development and security.
Mchunu’s spokesperson, Thami Ngidi, said as a part of building relations, the province had signed the last bilateral agreement with the province of Maputo (not Maputo city) in 2012, in which the two agreed to cooperate on areas of tourism, economic development and trade investment promotions.
The agreement also included agricul- ture and environmental affairs, transport, communication and logistics, arts and culture, education, safety and security and health.
“The delegation this week will discuss focusing on a number of areas that will form the new memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the period 201823. The MOU and action plan have been drafted under the guidance of the permanent secretary of Maputo and the province’s director-general with both relevant working groups.
“The new MOU is likely to cover areas of economic development and promotion of commercial investment, aquaculture, transport and logistics, youth, sports and recreational activities, security and protection, among others,” Ngidi said.
Ngidi said South Africa and Mozambique shared a long history of cooperation dating back to the struggle for liberation. He said many of South Africa’s freedom fighters were given sanctuary in Mozambique.
READY: Premier Willies Mchunu.