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Mozambique wants to boost economic cooperation with Angola – new ambassador

The new Mozambican ambassador to Angola told Lusa news agency in Luanda on Tuesday that the Maputo authorities intend to develop “a lot more” bilateral economic cooperation, in order to increase trade between the two counties.

Speaking to Lusa on the sidelines of the VII Meeting of the Platform of Regulatory Entities (PER) for Portuguese-speaking Countries and Territories, which began today in Luanda, Maria Helena Taipo stressed that energy is the main strategic sector in bilateral economic cooperation.

“Cooperation in the area of energy – oil – and in the mining sector is in first place, in addition to several other sectors in which we have been cooperating with Angola. What we intend, at this moment, is to boost this economic cooperation a lot more and raise our trade balance,” she said.

Ambassador Taipo, who presented her credentials to President João Lourenço last Thursday, recalled that relations between Angola and Mozambique are of “brotherhood”, “something that no one can ever destroy”.

“These are relationships that make us very proud of us and my coming here dignifies our country, which makes us proud, because we will continue our cooperation with Angola, taking into account the interests of our countries,” she said.

After presenting her credentials, the new Mozambican ambassador to Luanda pointed out that the recent discovery of hydrocarbons in Mozambique had meant it needed to profit from the experience of countries like Angola in the petroleum and mining sector.

Former labour minister, governor of Sofala province of and master in Educational Direction and Management, Maria Helena Taipo replaces Ambassador Santos Álvaro, who served in Angola since 2015.

Source: Club Of Mozambique

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