Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario says the Chinese authorities are prepared to advance rapidly with putting into practice the agreements reached between the two countries.

Last May President Filipe Nyusi visited China and witnessed the signing of a number of agreements intended to increase Mozambique’s productive capacity, to mobilize investments in the hydrocarbon sector, to create special economic zones, and to build a Mozambique-China Cultural Centre in Maputo, among other projects.

Speaking after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang, here Monday, Rosario said China was interested in making these agreements operational very quickly.

From his meeting with Li, he added, it was clear that China is increasingly confident that it will be able to assist Mozambique in lifting its productive capacity through investments in priority areas such as agriculture, infrastructures and energy.

“We had an excellent meeting with the Chinese Prime Minister,” Rosario told journalists. “The prospects for co-operation are good. As you know, we came here to make operational the agreements signed during President Nyusi’s visit.”

He added that the two sides had agreed “various ways of taking off as quickly as possible”, with the understandings already reached, and confirmed the existence of a new range of projects “which will make our co-operation ever stronger”.

“There are new, concrete projects. We shall return to Mozambique to adjust the projects with the sectors involved so that, by the end of the month, we can present them in a more systematised manner,” he said.

As for the political and military situation in Mozambique, Rosario recognized that the dialogue with the rebel movement Renamo is proving difficult, “because Renamo does not want to discuss within the constitutional framework”.

Nyusi, he said, “has always been open to dialogue as long as it takes place within the laws and the Constitution”.

Li, cited by the Chinese news agency, Xinhua, confirmed that China is willing to participate in Mozambique’s infrastructure development and the operation of roads, ports and natural gas pipelines.

“The Chinese government supports Chinese businesses investing in Mozambique in line with market rules and commercial principles in order to help translate Mozambique’s resource advantages into development advantages and lay a solid foundation for self-development and sustainable development,” Li said.

While he is in Macau, Rosario will take part, on Tuesday and Wednesday, in the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Commercial Co-operation between China and the Portuguese-Speaking Countries.