President Kaberuka Hits the Road: Concludes Visit to Mozambique
President Donald Kaberuka has ended a two-day official visit to Mozambique during which he conferred with the country’s leadership and a wide range of stakeholders and launched the Bank’s regional office in Maputo.
Mr. Kaberuka met with President Armando Guebuza, Prime Minister Luisa Diogo, government ministers and business leaders in Mozambique.
He also visited the national Museum on the Island of Mozambique where the AfDB Private Sector Window is working with UNESCO to rehabilitate its cultural and historic sites as well as create economic activity to sustain the investments.
On Tuesday, Mr. Kaberuka held a meeting with representatives of donor agencies and gave a press conference before he left for Mbabane on a two-day official visit. He is being accompanied by the AfDB Executive Director for Mozambique, Mr. Barminas Kukuri and the ED for Swaziland, Mr. Phiwayinkosi Ginindza.
Pledges to Empower Country Offices
After the inauguration of the Mozambique Regional Office, President Kaberuka signed a memorandum of understanding that makes the ADB an integral part of the donor community, becoming the 18th member of the community referred to as the G-18. He promised to reinforce the country and regional offices and empower them adequately so that they can be part of the dialogue on national issues. He urged the donor community to go beyond harmonization and coordination and build true partnership with the countries. The Maputo office caters for Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.
Harps on Need for Africa to be Competitive
One of the important themes of President Kaberuka’s current tour of southern Africa has been trade competitiveness – Africa’s readiness to compete in the global market.
This subject came up during the Progressive Governance Summit last week in Pretoria. It was the theme of the summit of a select group of World leaders made up of Presidents Thabo Mbeki (convener) and Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva of Brazil; Prime Ministers Tony Blair of Britain, Helen Clark of New Zealand and Lee hae-Chan of South Korea; former Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin, AfDB President Donald Kaberuka, EU Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson, as well as the Director-General of the WTO Pascal Lamy and his predecessor, Supachai Panitchpakdi.