Foreign Minister Kono Meets with the Minister of Economy and Finance of Mozambique
On August 30, for about 35 minutes commencing at 10:00 a.m., Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Adriano Afonso Maleiane, Minister of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Mozambique. The overview of the meeting is as follows. Mr. Maleiane, Minister of Economy and Finance, is visiting Japan to attend the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) held from August 28 to 30.
- At the outset, Minister Kono remarked, “Allow me to extend condolences once again to the victims hit by the cyclone in March. Japan welcomes the peace agreement signed between the ruling and opposition parties of Mozambique. Japan wishes to further strengthen ties between the two countries through TICAD.” In response, Minister Maleiane stated, “It is regrettable that President Nyusi cannot attend TICAD7. I wish to extend appreciation for Japan’s hospitality.”
- Following that, Minister Kono welcomed the final decision on investments on the LNG development project by Japanese companies, and requested Mozambique’s cooperation in ensuring safe business environment and security. In addition, Minister Kono expressed that Japan places emphasis on the development of Nacala corridor, and that Nacala Port is particularly important for Japanese companies to engage in various businesses, and requested the Government of Mozambique’s continuous support. Furthermore, Minister Kono referred to the recently signed “Maputo Gas Fired Combined Cycle Power Plant Development Project” and also expressed his expectations for further efforts by the Government of Mozambique to restore debt sustainability. In response, Minister Maleiane expressed his gratitude for a wide range of support from the Government of Japan, highly praised the knowledge and technology of Japanese companies, and indicated Mozambique’s willingness to closely collaborate with Japan in fields such as security.
- The two ministers also exchanged views regarding cooperation in the international arena.