Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s media-briefing on the State visit of President Filipe Nyusi to India
[Hyderabad House, New Delhi; 5 August 2015]
Excellency President Filipe Nyusi,
Members of the Media, I am delighted to welcome President Nyusi and his delegation to India. President Nyusi assumed office earlier this year. We are happy that India is his first destination in Asia.
The visit is special because this is the 40th anniversary year of independence of Mozambique and the 40th anniversary year of the establishment of our diplomatic relations.
Africa and the Indian Ocean are among the highest priorities for our foreign policy. Mozambique is crucial for both.
Mozambique and India have centuries-old trade ties. 20,000 people of Indian origin in Mozambique are an important link between us. Our colonial experiences and development aspirations have shaped a shared vision and a strong partnership.
Mozambique can be a large and a proximate source of natural gas, coal and other minerals that are so important to drive our growth. It also offers huge opportunities in agriculture sector.
I am pleased that Indian investments in these sectors have grown significantly in recent years. Mozambique hosts nearly 25% of Indian investments in Africa. Our trade has multiplied five times in the last five years.
We are delighted to be a development partner for Mozambique in several areas, including agriculture, healthcare, energy, infrastructure and human resource development.
So, as we seek to deepen our relations with Mozambique and enhance our engagement in the Indian Ocean Region and Africa, we are pleased that President Nyusi is visiting us now.
In my discussions today, I have conveyed the importance that we attach to Mozambique as our regional partner. I have also stressed our commitment to our development partnership, in accordance with Mozambique’s priorities.
We spoke of our economic synergies and cooperation. I expressed hope that Mozambique would continue to provide an encouraging environment for investments from India, including in the areas of hydrocarbons, minerals and infrastructure. We have agreed to explore ways to speed up the implementation of power supply project in Maputo, being funded by Indian line of credit.
I have assured him of India’s full assistance and collaboration in agriculture and food security. In turn, India could also benefit from the development of Mozambique’s agriculture sector.
We have today finalised an MoU on Cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy. This is an important area in our respective efforts towards sustainable development. It assumes special importance this year as the international community moves to finalise a Climate Change agreement in Paris later this year. India has already partnered Mozambique in setting up a solar panel assembly plant.
India and Mozambique have large coastlines and are linked by Indian Ocean. I have discussed ways in which we can intensify cooperation in maritime security and ocean economy. In recent years, our cooperation has included ship visits and hydrography surveys for Mozambique.
Today, we have discussed other areas of cooperation in defence, building on his last visit to India as Defence Minister in 2011. We agreed that the next meeting of our Joint Working Group on Defence Cooperation will be scheduled soon.
We also discussed a range of regional and global issues of mutual interest. We greatly appreciate Mozambique’s support for India’s candidature for Permanent membership of an expanded UN Security Council.
In this 70th year of the United Nations, I sought his support to press for urgently needed reforms of the United Nations, especially the Security Council.
We also welcome the finalisation of the Sustainable Development Goals with focus on elimination of poverty by 2030, and look forward to the adoption of the post-2015 Development Agenda in September.
We underlined the need for an effective climate change accord in Paris later this year, which also provides the means and technology to developing countries to transition to clean energy sources.
I briefed President Nyusi about the Third India-Africa Forum Summit to be held in October in New Delhi. There are remarkable similarities in the development goals and priorities of India and Africa.
For the first time, we have invited leaders of 54 African countries to participate in the India-Africa Forum Summit. We look forward to President Nyusi’s participation in the Summit.
Finally, let me extend our sincere appreciation for your government’s strong support that made the International Day of Yoga a big success in Mozambique.
Excellency, your visit has renewed the focus on this very important relationship, not just for our two countries, but also as a bridge across the Indian Ocean between Africa and India. I am confident that your experience and wisdom will be a source of strength in taking our relationship to a new level.
Thank you very much, President.
State visit of President Armando Guebuza to India - 2010
At the invitation of the President of India, the President of Mozambique, H.E Mr. Armando Guebuza was on a State Visit to India from September 29- October 4, 2010. President Guebuza’s delegation included 4 Ministers of his Cabinet including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Mineral Resources, and Transport &Communications. A large business delegation as well as senior officials were part of President Guebuza’s delegation.
This was President Guebuza’s first visit to India as the President of Mozambique. President Guebuza had earlier visited India in 2003 as Minister of Transport and Communications.
President Guebuza called on the President who also hosted a banquet in his honour. He also met the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri. M. Hamid Ansari and held delegation level talks with Hon’ble Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. The Minister of State for External Affairs, Smt. Preneet Kaur called on President Guebuza. The Chairperson of the UPA, Smt. Sonia Gandhi and the Leader of the Opposition, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, also called on him.
The discussions were held in a cordial atmosphere. The two sides expressed satisfaction at the state of bilateral relations, and agreed to work to raise the relationship to a strategic partnership. They discussed a wide range of subjects of bilateral interest covering economic cooperation, trade and investment, infrastructure, mining, coal, agriculture, micro, small and medium enterprises, human resources development, science and technology, defence and security cooperation. It was agreed that the Ministerial Joint Commission meeting will take place in next six months to take the proposals forward. A Joint Statement containing the key understandings reached during the meetings was issued during the visit.
The Prime Minister of India announced that India would provide Lines of Credit of US$ 500 million to support infrastructure projects, agriculture and energy. In this context, it is noted that in May 2010, India announced a Line of Credit of US$ 25 million for rural electrification, and in all, six LOCs amounting to US$ 140 million are operational or have been completed. India has also extended a grant of US$ 4.5 million for capacity building of Mozambique’s police forces.
The following MOUs/agreements were signed during the visit: (i) MOU on Cooperation in the Fields of Mineral Resources, (ii) Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA), and (iii) MOU on Cooperation in the field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
The two sides noted that bilateral trade has more than doubled since 2005-06. It has grown from US$ 178.15 million in 2005-06 to US$ 427.13 million in 2009-10. India today is one of the five largest trading partners of Mozambique. India was Mozambique’s fourth largest importer and third largest exporter in 2009. In order to exploit the true potential of bilateral trade in a more diversified area, a target of US$ 1billion by the year 2013 has been set. India ranked the fourth largest investor in Mozambique in 2009 with investments of US$ 64.17 million.
India welcomed the decision of Mozambique to be a partner country at the CII-EXIM Bank India-Africa Conclave in 2011. It would be a good event to highlight the opportunities of increasing Indian FDI in Mozambique.
The two sides reaffirmed their desire to continue their mutual support and cooperation at international fora, including at the United Nations. Mozambique reiterated its support to India’s candidature for the non-permanent seat in the United Nation’s Security Council for the term 2011-12 and Permanent Seat of the UNSC.
President Guebuza and his delegation met Indian business leaders during a Business luncheon meeting organised by Confederation of Indian Industry, Federation of Indian Chambers of commerce and Industry and ASSOCHAM on September 30, 2010. President Guebuza also visited the Indian Agriculture Research Institute in Delhi.
President Guebuza visited Ahmadabad on October 1, 2010. He visited Indian Institute of Management, Sabarmati Ashram, and had meeting with the Mozambique nationals in Gujarat. He had meeting with the Governor and Chief Minister of Gujarat.
President Guebuza also visited Mumbai from October 2-3, 2010. He had meeting with the Governor of Maharashtra and also had business meetings.
October 04, 2010
Joint Statement on State Visit of President of Mozambique September 30, 2010
1. At the invitation of the President of India, Her Excellency Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil, His Excellency Mr. Armando Guebuza, the President of the Republic of Mozambique undertook a State Visit to India from Sep 29 to Oct. 4, 2010. During the visit H.E. Mr. Armando Guebuza held fruitful discussions with the President of the Republic of India, the Vice President Shri Hamid Ansari, and the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
2. During the visit, both sides
a) Commended the extent of bilateral relations and the exchange of high level governmental visits between the two countries. In this context, Mozambique appreciated the participation of India at the inauguration of the President of Mozambique's second term of office, in January 2010.
b) Reaffirmed the importance of strengthening relations between the two countries. India and Mozambique cooperate in various areas, including social and economic, defence and security, and human resources. Both sides agreed that this bilateral cooperation should be enhanced for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.
c) Agreed that there is immense scope to further enhance this cooperation and particularly increase the level of economic content for the mutual benefit of both countries. The Mozambican side appreciated the assistance and sharing of experience provided by India in various forms.
d) Noted with satisfaction the growth in mutual trade. India is among the top five major trading partners of Mozambique. India was Mozambique's fourth largest importer and third largest exporter in 2009. The trade between India and Mozambique has more than doubled since 2005-06 from US $ 178.15 million to US $427.13 million 2009-10. Both sides agreed that there is considerable scope for further increase in bilateral trade between the two countries as well to expand the trade basket. A target of US $ 1 billion by 2013 has been accepted by both sides.
e) Recognised that Mozambique is rich in mineral resources and has large reserves of untapped minerals, ores and coal and will become a major producer soon. Moreover, most of the cashew produced in the country is exported to India. Both sides agreed to develop such complementarities to expand trade. It was agreed that greater efforts to diversify and expand trade will be made. India welcomed Mozambique's accession to the Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) scheme for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) offered by India to provide greater market access.
f) Reiterated their desire to strengthen bilateral relations based on the traditionally close ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, and work to raise the relationship to a strategic partnership based on common interests and mutual benefits.
g) Have identified specific areas of common interest that will allow the establishment of an India-Mozambique partnership and agreed that high official delegations should meet to discuss ways to build a sustainable and mutually beneficial partnership.
3. The Prime Minister of India reiterated the Indian Government's commitment to contribute to the economic development of Mozambique including human resources, agriculture, infrastructure and science & technology. He announced a line of credit of US $ 500 million for Mozambique. In this context, it is noted that in May 2010, India announced a Line of Credit of US $25 million for rural electrification, and in all, six LOCs amounting to US $ 140 million are operational or have been completed. The Indian Prime Minister stated that India would be happy to continue to support Mozambique's developmental goals. A grant of US $ 4.5 million to provide equipment to build capacities of Mozambique’s police force was also announced. The President of Mozambique thanked the Prime Minister for India’s invaluable support for their development.
4. Noting that India is ranked as the fourth largest investor in Mozambique in 2009 with investments of US$64.17 million in the sectors of energy, mineral resources, agro-industries, transport and communication, food processing, and coconut and cashew processing, it was decided that greater investment promotion efforts will be made to encourage Indian FDI in Mozambique.
5. India welcomes the decision of Mozambique to be a partner country at the CII-EXIM Bank India-Africa Conclave in 2011 and considers that this would be a good event to highlight the opportunities of increasing Indian FDI in Mozambique.
6. The Government of India assured Mozambique of its continued support for both human resource development, and for imparting a new impetus to increasing economic engagement, given the closeness and economic complementarity of the two countries. This will also include support by India for Mozambique's infrastructural and mineral development and the development of an India-Mozambique Coal Partnership keeping in view the potential for growth and optimal utilization of resources in Mozambique for its development.
7. India is committed to support capacity building in the coal sector and has announced, during the visit to Mozambique of the Minister of External Affairs, Shri S.M. Krishna, that India will establish an apex institute for training in the coal sector and an apex planning institute for the coal industry in Mozambique, which will be open to the countries of the SADC region. This was welcomed by the Mozambique side.
8. Recalling that an MoU on defence cooperation was signed between the two countries in March 2006 during the visit of the Mozambican Defence Minister to India and that the second Joint Working Group on Defence between them met in New Delhi on 16 June, 2010, the two sides have agreed to enhance defence cooperation between the two countries in the areas of training and capacity building.
9. To support human resource development, under various schemes, Mozambique is now offered long-term and short-term scholarships. This includes scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and research studies in India annually. 8 new Scholarships are offered under the C V Raman Fellowship, 30 training courses are offered to it under Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, and it also has access to special scholarships in agricultural sciences offered as a part of the decisions of the India Africa Forum Summit. Mozambican students are also eligible for scholarships under the Pan-Africa e-network Project wherein a total of 10,000 scholarships are offered to Africa.
10. In addressing wider areas beyond the bilateral realm, and in recognition of the historical and civilisation links between the African continent and India, the leaders committed themselves to strengthening the India-Africa Forum and to the advancement of the seven pillars of the Action Plan of the Framework for Cooperation launched in Delhi in March 2010. The Action Plan will intensify India-Africa cooperation in various fields including Commerce, Politics, Social Development and Capacity Building; Science, Technology, Research and Development; Tourism; Infrastructure, Energy and Environment and Media and Communication. With this in mind, the leaders undertook to work even more closely to reinvigorate their cooperation for Africa's development. The Indian Prime Minister emphasised that India looks forward to the next India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) to be held next year in Africa. The Mozambique President welcomed the IAFS initiative and its next summit in Africa.
11. Leaders on both sides noted with satisfaction the strengthening of the growing partnership between the two countries with the signing of the following Bilateral Agreements / MoUs during the visit:
a) MoU between India and Mozambique on Cooperation in the fields of Mineral Resources;
b) MoU on Cooperation in the field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) between India and Mozambique
c) Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Mozambique
12. It was agreed that the Ministerial Joint Commission will meet in the next six months to take the proposals forward.
13. Mozambique has been very politically active in all the regional forums. It is seen as an important member in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU). India is increasing its engagement and cooperation with SADC and the AU and appreciates Mozambique's role in these organizations.
14. India and Mozambique noted the progress and achievements made in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR ARC). They welcomed the adoption of a revised charter of IOR ARC and agreed to continue working together along with other Member States of IOR ARC, to revitalise the organisation and pursue cooperation in various areas for the common benefit of their peoples. They noted that the greater involvement of the business, scientific, and academic communities was essential to revitalise the objectives. Both countries have denounced and condemned firmly the acts of piracy that are occurring in parts of the Indian Ocean and reiterate the need for a regional common position against this phenomena.
15. Both India and Mozambique reaffirmed their desire to continue their mutual support and cooperation at international fora, including at the United Nations. Mozambique reiterated its support of India's candidature for the non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the 2011-12 term.
16. Both sides, stressed their call for an urgent reform of the UN and expansion of the Security Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories. As a prominent member of the African Union, Mozambique has been playing an important role in defending the African position for comprehensive reform of the UN as expressed by the Ezulwini Consensus. Mozambique reiterated its support for India for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. India reiterated its support to the African position.
17. Both India and Mozambique underlined that terrorism cannot be justified in any form, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes. The two sides agreed on the need for greater cooperation among states in the fight against terrorism. In this context, the two sides urged for early finalization of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, which is under discussion at the UN since 1996.
18. In view of the broad impact of climate change and the particular vulnerability of countries in the African continent due to underdevelopment and unique geographical disadvantages, the Indian side expressed its willingness to cooperate with the Mozambican side in providing assistance for urgent adaptive actions to protect against the impact climate change. Both sides also agreed to closely coordinate their positions in multilateral climate change negotiations to safeguard the legitimate interests of developing countries.
19. The Mozambican side commended the Government of India for the hosting and organisation of the Commonwealth Games and expressed its confidence on the success of this important festive event of the Commonwealth family.
20. The Mozambican side expressed its sincere thanks to the Government of the Republic of India for all the hospitality extended to them and the excellent arrangements made for their visit to India.
21. The President of the Republic of Mozambique has extended an invitation to Her Excellency Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India and to H.E. the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to visit Mozambique. The invitation was kindly accepted and dates will be determined through diplomatic channels
September 30, 2010
SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA, SMT. PRATIBHA DEVISINGH PATIL AT THE BANQUET IN HONOUR OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE, H.E. MR. ARMANDO EMILIO GUEBUZA
New Delhi, 30th September 2010
Your Excellency President Armando Guebuza,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I warmly welcome Your Excellency and the distinguished members of your delegation to India. Our countries have a warm and long-standing friendship based on a shared history.
When India became independent in 1947, many countries of Asia and Africa were still under colonial yoke. Given our own experience of the struggle for independence led by Mahatma Gandhi, it was natural for India and its people to share the aspirations of the people of those countries, which had still not been liberated. Thus, our support for the people in their struggle for freedom, including in Mozambique became a cornerstone of our engagement with Africa.
Since the independence of Mozambique in 1975, our bilateral relationship was nurtured by your predecessors and by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and later by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It has been growing rapidly and is now on the threshold of becoming a strategic partnership. Excellency, your predecessor President Chissano had visited India in May 2003 and I understand that this is your first visit to India as Head of State. I am confident that your visit would give further impetus to our age-old ties of friendship and brotherhood.
There have been wide-ranging changes in the political and economic landscape of our two countries. It is our common challenge to see inclusive growth in our countries. In this regard, your open and inclusive Presidency to reach out to the people at the grassroots throughout the country, and your Government's efforts to fight poverty are exemplary and commendable. I can assure you that India remains committed to support Mozambique, including through capacity building efforts like the S&T Park, the Pan African e-Network, bilateral training programmes, and the special scholarship schemes for Agriculture Sciences and scientific research, announced after the India-Africa Forum Summit in 2008.
Our economic relationship at present though substantial is still below potential. We feel that long term and durable economic relations between our two countries can be built by supporting complementarities in our economies. There is scope for cooperation in several fields, including infrastructure, minerals and hydrocarbons, agro and food processing, and in the development of small scale industries, which are ideally suited to generate employment.
We acknowledge the growing role and stature of your country in the regional affairs of Africa. You have been in the forefront in the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). We remain enthusiastic about our growing engagement with the SADC and the AU for mutual benefit. India, being aware of the need for a transformation from political emancipation to economic development, has revitalized its own policies towards Africa. At the India Africa Forum Summit in 2008, the Indian Government announced multi-faceted support to Africa's aspirations. As part of this commitment, India would establish several Institutions in Africa.
India and Mozambique have also been working together in various international fora including the United Nations, the Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation. We share a common commitment to pluralism, inclusiveness and creation of an equitable world order.
The scourge of terrorism has emerged as a global problem. Our country has been a victim and has lost innumerable lives as a result of cross-border terrorism. The terrorist attack on Mumbai in November 2008 was the worst kind of attack. Terrorism sponsored across borders by States is a threat to international peace and security. We must work together to see that these forces of terrorism are dealt with firmly and eradicated.
I have no doubt that the new areas of cooperation that have been identified during your present visit, will bind us even further in an enduring partnership that will prove to be a model for development cooperation.
With these words, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen may I request you to join me in raising a toast:-
- to the health, happiness and well-being of His Excellency President Armando Emilio Guebuza;
- to the well-being and prosperity of the people of Mozambique; and
- to lasting friendship between India and Mozambique.
PM’s remarks to the media during visit of President of Mozambique September 30, 2010
Ladies and Gentlemen of the media,
It is a great honour for me to welcome His Excellency President Armando Guebuza on his first visit to India as the President of Mozambique. The President has shown great leadership in taking his country on the path of economic development within the framework of a democratic polity.
India’s relations with Mozambique go back in time to the pre-colonial period. India extended its full support to Mozambique in its struggle for independence and emergence as an independent sovereign nation.
We both belong to the same Indian Ocean community and we share common concerns. It is in our mutual interest to ensure the safety and security of sea lanes of communication in the Indian Ocean. Our relations are therefore warm, cooperative and marked by deep mutual understanding and friendship.
President Guebuza and I have decided to build upon the solid foundations of the past, and create a partnership based on the following four pillars:
• Greater political engagement;
• Deepening economic cooperation;
• Strengthening defence and security cooperation; and,
• Cooperation in capacity building and human resource development.
We have agreed to exploit our mutual complementarities in areas of trade and economic cooperation, transportation, railways, mining, coal, agriculture, small and medium enterprises and science and technology.
I conveyed India’s readiness to be a partner in Mozambique’s development efforts. India will provide a line of credit of 500 million US dollars for infrastructure projects, agriculture and energy. India will support the establishment of training and planning institutions in Mozambique to support capacity building in the coal industry. India will also support capacity building for the defence and police forces of Mozambique.
The Agreements that have been signed today on avoidance of double taxation, cooperation in mineral resources and between middle and small enterprises will strengthen our partnership. We have decided to set a target of bilateral trade of one billion US dollars by the year 2013.
As one of Africa’s foremost leaders, President Guebuza’s leadership and guidance will play an important role in shaping India’s partnership with Africa. We will work closely with Mozambique on regional and other issues, as well as in preparations for the next India-Africa Summit in Africa in 2011.
I deeply appreciate President Guebuza’s commitment to India-Mozambique friendship and to take our bilateral relations to a higher trajectory. Based on our discussions, and the bilateral agreements that have been concluded today, I can say with confidence that President Guebaza’s visit to India has opened a new chapter in our bilateral relations.
September 30, 2010