Unity with neigh­bours

The New Age (Free State) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - SIHLE MAVUSO sih­lem@the­newage.co.za

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.

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