The first Session of the Mauritius-Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) was held on 08 and 09 August 2019 in Port Louis, Mauritius.
The meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere, reflecting the excellent bilateral relations and the proximity existing between both countries. These fraternal relations are premised on a common history. Deliberations focused on the implementation of the agreements which were signed during the State Visit of H.E. Filipe J. Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique, in February 2019 and on key agreements to be signed in the months to come. Both sides also engaged in discussions on various areas of cooperation, including Energy, Port Connectivity and Related Infrastructure, Capacity Building, Legal Cooperation, Maritime Security Combatting Drug Trafficking and other Unlawful Acts, Financial Services and Fintech, Tertiary Education and Research, amongst others. It was also agreed that the first Meeting of the Political Consultations Committee will be held in 2020 in Maputo, Mozambique.
A high-level delegation from the Republic of Mozambique was led by H.E. Ms. Maria Manuela Dos Santos Lucas, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Mauritius delegation was led by the Honourable Nandcoomar Bodha, GCSK, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius.
The Senior Officials Meeting, held on 8 August 2019, preceded the Ministerial Session and was co-chaired by H.E Mrs. Usha Dwarka-Canabady, Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mauritius and Mr. António Macheve, Director for Africa and Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique.
The JPCC culminated with the signature of the MoU on Cooperation in Liquefied Natural Gas and of the Agreed Minutes.