11 March 2022
President Nyusi attended the 3rd Session of the Bi-National Commission of Cooperation (BNC) between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Mozambique.
South Africa and Mozambique share strong historical ties arising from the solidarity formed during the two nations’ struggles against colonialism and apartheid.
Beginning in 1997, bilateral relations between South Africa and Mozambique were conducted at the level of the Heads of State Economic Bilateral Forum (HOSEB).
However, on 13 December 2011, the two countries signed an agreement on the establishment of Bi-National Commission of Cooperation (BNC), thus elevating the status of the relations to highest level.
The BNC comprises a Political and Diplomatic Committee; Defence and Security Committee; Economic Committee, and Social Committee which promote cooperation in these areas.
Since the establishment of the BNC in 2011, cooperation has resulted in the signing of a range of sectoral agreements and memoranda of understanding.
The BNC is preceded by meetings of senior officials and Ministers.
The two Heads of State also shared views on regional, continental and global issues of mutual interest, particularly peace, security and economic development matters.
The Commission evaluated progress on all outstanding projects and the implementation of commitments of the 2nd BNC, and will reaffirm the bilateral relations and enhance cooperation between South Africa and its eastern neighbour.
In his opening remarks during the Plenary Session of the 3rd South Africa-Mozambique Bi-National Commission, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, President Cyril Ramaphosa said
it was an honour and a privilege to receive his counter part as guest.
We meet at a time when our two countries – and all the countries of the world – are striving to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Had it not been for the pandemic, this Bi-National Commission would have taken place some time ago.
It is encouraging to see how the relations between our two countries have expanded and deepened at both a political and economic level.
As neighbours, we must recognise and nurture our economic interdependence.
Mozambique remains one of South Africa’s top trading partners in the region, and there are several opportunities for expansion.
South Africa is keen, in particular, to expand cooperation in the energy sector.
Mozambique is endowed with significant volumes of natural gas.
This can benefit not only the people of Mozambique and South Africa, but also the rest of the SADC region.
Energy security is vital to economic growth in our respective countries, and we look forward to significant progress towards securing and sustaining our energy needs.
Our two countries share a common view on issues of peace, stability, economic development, regional and continental integration.
We are both undertaking programmes to advance youth development, women’s empowerment, poverty alleviation and job creation.
These are some of the concrete steps we are taking to realise the vision of the AU’s Agenda 2063 and to improve the lives of our people.
We have weathered many difficulties in the past, and through our resilience we have emerged stronger.
The crisis you are confronting in Cabo Delgado is no different.
We will face it together, with the same determination, certain that the forces of democracy and peace will be victorious.
Our countries share similar views on the need to reform the United Nations Security Council, to make it an organ that is representative and where the African continent can have a voice.
South Africa fully supports Mozambique’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council.
Together with South Africa’s tenure in the AU Peace and Security Council, this will provide an opportunity for our countries to further cement cooperation between the two Councils, especially in the area of financing peace support operations.
We are confident that our deliberations today will afford us an opportunity to address issues that will further enhance our bilateral cooperation and forge closer working ties.
Once again, Mr President, may I express my sincere appreciation for agreeing to my invitation and would like to assure you of South Africa’s commitment to our shared future.
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