Mozambique celebrated the opening of Africa’s longest suspension bridge and it wouldn’t have been possible without a huge cash injection from China.
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.
Mozambique this year mark four decades of independence from Portugal, with robust economic growth rates buoyed by abundant natural resources giving the southern African nation reason to celebrate. This land mark event takes place under its new elected President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, who is by coincidence also the 4th President of Mozambique.
Mozambique is a prime investment destination following the recent discovery of huge natural gas and coal deposits. Those natural resources are today the biggest source of attraction to many countries including its former colony.
The year 2012 saw the last bone of contention between the two countries resolved, with the sale of the gigantic Cahora Bassa dam to Mozambique, meaning that any problems that came up in the decolonisation of Mozambique have been resolved.
Mozambique has massive potential underpinned by its vast natural resources, which are making the country more attractive. This has been one of President Nyusi visit to France, following the invitation made by his contrepart and by French companies that are willing to invest in Mozambique. This is also the second country in Europe the President is visiting after Portugal.