Mozambique celebrated the opening of Africa’s longest suspension bridge.
The country’s President Felipe Nyusi declared the Maputo-Catembe Bridge open for traffic at an inauguration ceremony on Saturday, in the hopes that it will promote tourism in Mozambique.
The Maputo-Catembe Bridge connects the north and south banks of Maputo. It also provides a road link between Maputo and the border of South Africa, which was previously only possible by boat.
President Nyusi of Mozambique, noted the early progress made in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and reminded the international community that a new era of development had begun.
With the promotion of human rights, good governance and financing for development as key points, he called for support of the Secretary-General’s reform of the United Nations system so the Organization can be adequate to its purpose. Commending the Secretary-General’s inclusive approach, he said Member States must resolve differences for more effective cooperation.
As one of the countries most exposed to the effects of climate change, he said Mozambique continues to take measures in accordance with the Paris Agreement, devoting 25 per cent of its territory to the conservation of biodiversity, developing renewable energies in rural areas and working to ensure the protection of ecosystems and sharing of benefits. Appealing for international cooperation in sharing technological means, and reiterating the unconditional commitment of his country to the critical role of the United Nations in solving humanity’s problems, he called for continuing to be “faithful” to those ideals.
Mensagem de Sua Excelência Alberto Maverengue Augusto, Embaixador de Moçambique na França, por ocasião do 45° Aniversário da independência de Moçambique
Caras e caros moçambicanos,
Estimadas amigas e amigos de Moçambique na França,
Celebramos, no dia 25 de Junho corrente, 45 anos desde que o nosso país conquistou a independência nacional, precisamente a 25 de Junho de 1975.
Como referiu Sua Excelência Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, Presidente da Republica de Moçambique, aquando da mensagem relativa à efeméride, no dia 1 de Junho, “ o dia da independência nacional, constitui uma ocasião distinta, de muita festa e alegria pois é o repositório dos valores mais sublimes da nação que carrega consigo um significado profundo na vida de cada moçambicano e representa o marco da nossa soberania”.
As celebrações deste ano assumem um formato especial e diferente do habitual porquanto acontecem num momento em que o nosso país e o mundo confrontam-se com o desafio do COVID-19. Neste contexto, expresso o meu apreço e satisfação pela forma exemplar como cada compatriota, membro da comunidade moçambicana na França, enfrentou este desafio, permitindo garantir plenas condições de saúde para si e suas famílias.
A celebração deste importante marco da nossa trajectória como nação acontece num momento em que o país depara-se com vários desafios e oportunidades. A consolidação da paz, a preservação da estabilidade em todo o país, o contínuo combate à pobreza e às desigualdades, a unidade nacional são desafios cuja superação exige o concurso de todos, dentro e fora do país, dentro do marco democrático que caracteriza o quadro institucional do nosso país. As oportunidades que se apresentam com a exploração de hidrocarbonetos, que conta com um importante envolvimento de empresas francesas, abrem uma importante janela para o nosso país alcançar o almejado desenvolvimento inclusivo. Esperamos que cada compatriota na diáspora identifique as oportunidades para dar o seu contributo e maximizar os benefícios que se apresentam à montante e à jusante da exploração de hidrocarbonetos.
Desejo a todos os compatriotas residentes na França e todos os amigos de Moçambique boas celebrações da nossa independência nacional, dentro das limitações impostas pelas autoridades de saúde, e esperamos que nas próximas celebrações possamos juntos conviver e exaltar a nossa moçambicanidade através de diversas manifestações culturais, que caracterizam o nosso diverso e rico mosaico.
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