GENEVA — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has urged the country’s private sector to be increasingly aggressive in seeking business opportunities so that it can establish partnerships which will bring concrete results for the growth of the Mozambican economy.

He made the call in Geneva Sunday when addressing a group of business people who are accompanying him on his four-day visit to Switzerland. The business delegation has been co-ordinated by the Confederation of Mozambican Business Associations (CTA).

We must be aggressive in our business dealings, without any inferiority complexes,” stressed Nyusi, who added that national interests are fundamental and urged the business people to transmit messages which can motivate their Swiss counterparts to trust in Mozambique.

Nyusi, who is on an official visit at the invitation of Swiss President Alain Berset, assured the businessmen that they had the full support of the government for the success of their mission.

On Sunday, Nyusi also met with the Mozambican community resident in Switzerland. The chairperson of the Association of Mozambicans in Switzerland, Bernardo Mariano Junior, praised Nyusi’s leadership in the search for peace in Mozambique.

Nyusi assured them that his efforts to secure a lasting peace are continuing. All our work depends on peace. For this reason, I have been holding a dialogue with the leader of Renamo (Afonso Dhlakama). At our level, we have achieved consensus on decentralisation. But there is now work to be done by other institutions, the president added.

Nyusi was referring to the package of constitutional amendments he has agreed with Dhlakama, leader of the biggest opposition party, on provincial, district and municipal elections. Those amendments have now gone to the country’s parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, where they are likely to be debated in early March.

The amendments are controversial because they eliminate the direct election of mayors. If passed, future local elections will be only be for provincial, district and municipal assemblies. The party with the majority of votes in these elections will then choose the provincial governor, district administrator or mayor.