Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Sends Envoy to Mozambique to Boost Bilateral Relations

nsnbc : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deployed special envoy Ken Shimanouchi to Mozambique to boost bilateral relations between Japan and Mozambique, with focus on infrastructures and training of human resources. The development comes as Japan has a rapidly growing need for natural gas and Mozambique is poised to become the world’s second-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas by 2020. About 80% of the Japanese population are opposed to the re-start of Japan’s nuclear power plants.

shinzo-abe-arrives-at-the-colon-theatreAfter being received by Mozambican President Felipe Nyusi, Shimanouchi addressed the press, saying that Japan believed the priorities for its cooperation with Mozambique were “first the construction of high quality infrastructures for Mozambique, and also the training of human resources for the country’s development”.

Shimanouchi also extended an invitation for Nyusi to participate in the Sixth Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD VI). It will be the first time that the conference will be held in Japan but in Africa. The conference is scheduled for August 27 – 28 in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Shimanouchi noted that cooperation between the two countries has been intensifying in recent years and pointed at the development of the Nacala Corridor in the northern province of Nampula as an example. The Nampala Corridor development project has a budget of about US$1.2 billion and includes the rehabilitation of the Nacala dam, and the city’s water supply, as well as upgrading the electricity and telecommunications networks.

The project is expected to help create some 7,000 jobs. Mozambique urgently needs to remedy unemployment that has, among others, aggravated the conflict between the government and armed Renamo militants, and the Mozambican – South African row over the treatment of Mozambican migrant workers in South Africa.

An additional and important dimension of Japanese – Mozambican relations is Japan’s energy-security and the fact that Mozambique is poised to become the world’s second-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas by about 2020. Following the devastating disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011, the Japanese government is facing serious questions about the restart of nuclear power plants.

About 80% of the population oppose the re-start of nuclear power plants and demand that the government and nuclear industry decommission the power plants. Japan is also pushing the government of Indonesia to finally decide whether to build an off-shore on on-shore LNG plant at the Masela gas block so Japan can begin importing LNG from Indonesia.

CH/L – nsnbc 18.03.2016

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