TOKYO, The Mozambican and Japanese governments have signed two co-operation agreements in the development of infrastructures, during the official visit of President Filipe Nyusi to Japan.

One of the agreements signed here Wednesday was an exchange of notes on the construction of roads and bridges in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, initialed by the Mozambican Ambassador to Japan, Jose Vieira de Morais, and Japanese Ambassador to Mozambique Akira Mizutani.

Under the agreement, Japan will finance the construction of three bridges in the Messalo River Basin along National Highway 380, which runs from the Cabo Delgado provincial capital, Pemba, to Palma district. The road is of great importance for the gas liquefaction plants which will shortly be built in Palma.

The second agreement is a memorandum of understanding on the development of urban transport in the capital, Maputo, signed by Mozambican Deputy Transport Minister Manuela Rebelo, and the Deputy Minister for International Affairs in the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hirofumi Katase.

Finding a solution to Maputo’s transport crisis is one of the questions that Nyusi brought with him to Japan, and on Tuesday he visited part of the Tokyo surface metro network operated by the company, Yurikamome.

The signing ceremony was preceded by a meeting between Nyusi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Nyusi told the media that the dominant theme of the meeting was discussing short, medium and long-term solutions to Mozambique’s urban transport problems. He also stressed the importance of such major projects as the Nacala Development Corridor in the north of the country, mining in the Moatize coal basin in the western province of Tete, and the participation of Japanese companies in the exploitation of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin.

Nyusi added that Mozambique is prepared to host the next inter-ministerial meeting of TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development), scheduled for April 25 to 27 this year.

His Japanese host stressed Japan’s interest in the development of the Nacala Corridor as a major transport artery for south-eastern Africa.

“We shall undertake economic co-operation with the improvement of infrastructure as well as offering support for the establishment of Japanese companies in Mozambique”, Abe said.