MAPUTO– Chinese President Xi Jinping has invited his Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyusi, to participate in this year’s Forum for China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) scheduled for September in Beijing.

China’s top legislator, the chairperson of the Standing Committee of the Chinese parliament, the National People’s Assembly, Li Zhanshu, personally delivered the invitation when hecalled on Nyusi here Monday.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Foreign Minister Jose Pacheco said Li had pledged that Chinese co-operation with Mozambique would continue, and he discussed with Nyusi the priority sectors for encouraging this co-operation.

He mentioned the Wanbao Mozambique rice farm, an investment from the China-Africa Development Fund, which is designed to increase agricultural productivity on rice fields in the Lower Limpopo Irrigation Scheme, in the southern province of Gaza.

Pacheco said Li had promised a continuing supply of equipment for the Wanbao project.

In addition to the agricultural sector, China is prioritising mineral resources and infrastructure in its investment plans for Mozambique, the Minister added.

Li also met on Monday his Mozambican counterpart, the Chairperson of the Assembly of the Republic, Veronica Macamo, who told journalists the two sides are committed to the memorandum of understanding she had signed in Beijing in February 2017. This covers such matters as co-operation in the area of the democratic rule of law, and improving the well-being of the electorate.

Macamo said that she and Li had reached consensus on how to implement the memorandum, but gave few details.

She praised Chinese support for the Mozambican parliament, which owes part of its building and facilities to Chinese co-operation.

Li told the media that the Chinese and Mozambican parliaments should exchange experiences, particularly in matters of governance. The two countries have stable and profound political co-operation, he added.