MAPUTO� The Mozambican and Kenyan governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Maputo on Thursday with the aim of reviving ties of cooperation in the areas of trade and investment.

The MoU was signed by Mozambican Foreign Minister Jose Pacheco and his Kenyan counterpart, Monica Juma, at a ceremony witnessed by the presidents of the two countries, Filipe Nyusi and Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenyatta, who is on a two-day State visit to Mozambique, was earlier received by Nyusi, prior to official talks between Mozambican and Kenyan delegations.

Pacheco told journalists after the talks that the two governments are interested in relaunching co-operation in areas of common interest such as infrastructure development, energy, agriculture and tourism.

We also want to benefit from Kenya’s capacity to train cadres in the defence sector, and from the country’s experience in the area of civil identification,” added Pacheco. He noted that Kenya had adopted a mechanism which allowed Mozambicans resident in Kenya to obtain Kenyan identity documents.

Mozambique also hopes to benefit from Kenya’s experience in the prison services, particularly in the social and economic rehabilitation of prisoners after they have completed their sentences,” said Pacheco.

Juma said Kenyatta had come to Mozambique with the task of reviving the Joint Co-operation Commission between the two countries, and expanding the areas in which they can co-operate.

In the area of transport, we want to link the port of Beira to Mombasa,” said Juma. We also want to learn from the experiences of Mozambique to improve our mining sector and the exploitation of resources such as natural gas.”

Kenya, she added, wanted to boost trade with Mozambique and implement the recently signed African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Kenya has also faced the menace of the al-Shabaab Somalia-based terrorist organization. Juma said such groups are a threat to all of Africa, and so Kenya is prepared to share its anti-terrorist experience with other countries.