Mozambique and Japan—A pearl of the Indian Ocean

Mozambique and Japan—A pearl of the Indian Ocean


H.E. Mr. José Maria da Silva Vieira de MORAIS
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Mozambique to Japan
Allow me this opportunity to present my greetings to His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito and Her Imperial Majesty, Empress Michiko, as well as to His Excellency, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of the Government of Japan.

I have been in Tokyo since the end of March of this year and I am impressed by the hospitality that I have received since my arrival. Not only from government institutions, but also from companies and individual Japanese citizens.

Japan is one of the countries who has been partnered with Mozambique since 1977, when we established diplomatic relations.

The program of cooperation is guided by the “AMIZADE Agreement”, which was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Abe to Mozambique in January 2014 and focuses on areas such as social and economic infrastructures, education, health, development of human resources, capacity building, agriculture, community development, climate change, food security, water and sanitation, science and technology and the promotion of business. The existence of abundant natural resources, in particular, the discovery of world reserves of natural gas in the Rovuma basin, is the main catalyzing factor of the current dynamism that characterizes the business interactions between Mozambique and Japan.

Mozambique is a beautiful country with wonderful people, situated on the margins of the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The country is well known as the Pearl of Indian Ocean. The country has established democratic institutions and legislative, presidential and municipal elections are held every five years since 1994 and is today an emerging economy. One of the ten fastest growing economies in the world. This is thanks to the successful development choices we have made, and to the hard work, commitment, and determination of our people to have a better Mozambique.

As an Embassy in Tokyo, we work to further strengthen bilateral political, economic, and business relations with Japan and we look forward to see more people from Japan visiting Mozambique and experiencing the delicious food, beaches, and natural parks that the country offers and to interact with Mozambican people.

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