Brussels, 18 July 2012
President Barroso to visit Mozambique to build on EU-Mozambique partnership
Tomorrow, President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, accompanied by EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will visit Mozambique to discuss bilateral relations, future cooperation. President Barroso will meet with President Armando Guebuza and members of the government of Mozambique. During the visit three new bilateral agreements will be signed with the aim to boost local economic development, to support for civil society groups and to reinforce the rule of law and public accountability. President Barroso will also attend the Summit of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) at the invitation of the incoming Presidency.
Prior to arriving in Maputo, President Barroso said: "I look forward to visiting Mozambique again and to discussing the future of our cooperation. The country has been through a remarkable political transition in the last two decades and has seen impressive rates of growth. The next big challenge is to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable development that benefits all its population. We remain firmly committed to support Mozambique in this process, as part of our renewed partnership with Africa. I will also have the chance to address the Summit of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries where I will reiterate the EU's commitment to assist in the further development and consolidation of this like minded organisation of 8 States, comprising 250 million people."
The main areas of cooperation between the EU and Mozambique include rural development and agriculture; transport infrastructure and regional economic integration; and health. The EU and Mozambique also cooperate through the political dialogue between the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Commissioner Piebalgs will sign three financing agreements, totalling €37 million:
The Programa para o Desenvolvimento Económico Local aims to reduce poverty through economic development at the local level by strengthening the production and competitiveness of local micro, small and medium enterprises (Commission funding: €23.2 million). It will work with provincial, district and local bodies and include activities such as public investments in transport networks, post-harvest (such as grain storage) and market facilities, or water management systems.
The Support to Non-State Actors in Mozambique project (Commission funding €5 million) will promote governance and citizenship, and improve dialogue between civil society groups and public authorities. It includes, among other activities, an "Education for citizenship" campaign among young people.
A programme to strengthen the rule of law and public accountability (Commission funding €9 million), will promote good governance mechanisms, working towards a system of checks and balances. It will directly support three major Mozambican institutions (Parliament, Supreme Court, and Prosecution Service) and will, among other things, increase political interaction and dialogue between the legislative and executive powers.
President Barroso and Commissioner Piebalgs will also visit Port of Beira, one of the key infrastructures of Mozambique and the EU funded corridor project. The Beira corridor will provide an access to the interior of Mozambique and its hinterland – Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi- which will unlock substantial trade and economic opportunities for the region.
For further information
Website of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso:
Website of the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs:
Website of EuropeAid Development and Cooperation DG:
MEMO/12/573 – EU Cooperation - Mozambique
Catherine Ray (+32 2 296 99 21)
Wojtek Talko (+32 2 297 85 51)