Mozambique is among the Indian government’s priority countries to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, which will soon start being distributed on the continent and worldwide.
So said High Commissioner of India in Mozambique, Rajeev Kumar, in Maputo yesterday at a farewell meeting with President Filipe Nyusi signalling the end of his diplomatic mission, which started in August 2019.
India has approved two vaccines that will begin to be administered locally next week and will be distributed to some countries, with Mozambique being at the forefront of the priorities, the High Commissioner said.
Rajeev Kumar said that relations between Mozambique and India were good to excellent, particularly in trade and investments. Most Indian investment in the country is made by more than 50 private companies, especially Mahindra and Tata, both vehicle manufacturers.
Indian companies have a 30 percent stake in coal exploration in Tete province, and three Indian companies are involved in gas exploration in Cabo Delgado.
The High Commissioner noted that 25% of Indian investment in Africa goes to Mozambique, making the country Mozambique’s top export destination in 2017/18, and second only to South Africa in 2019.
Rajeev Kumar said he had done a lot of work during his term in the country, citing as an example the opening in April of last year of the Chimoio Professional Centre in Manica, which provides education and technical training in agriculture, opening up many job opportunities for young people.
The Indian diplomat pointed out that medicines valued at 22 million meticais were donated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in September last year.
At the end of 2020, two million meticais and various goods were handed over to the Ombudsman by Indian companies based in the country to help the victims of the terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado.
“We will continue to mobilise funds for Cabo Delgado, because there are a lot of people in need,” he noted.
Source: Notícias© 2021 clubofmozambique.com. All rights reserved.
- AT encourages revenue collection in central and northern Mozambique – Noticias [https://clubofmozambique.com/news/at-encourages-revenue-collection-in-central-and-northern-mozambique-noticias-181525/]