Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has urged the Defence Ministry to step up training activities focused on national unity and on developing the country.

He stressed the need for “technical and scientific mastery of military arts and ethics, always focused on the goal of national development”.

Rosario was speaking in the southern city of Matola at the Armando Emilio Guebuza Higher Institute of Defence Studies (named after the former President), at the opening of a national meeting of military training, educational and human resource establishments.

Held under the motto “for effective and efficient management of human resources in the national defence sector”, the meeting, Rosario said, should centre on prospects for the future. The expectation, he added, is for a rapid impulse in the modernization of the Mozambican armed forces (FADM).

This modernization, the Prime Minister declared, seeks to ensure that the FADM is able “to respond in full to the missions laid down in the Constitution, for the consolidation of national unity, the defence of the motherland and the maintenance of peace and harmony”

Rosario praised the defence and security forces for their work in defending the country’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty, in the search for effective peace in the face of the attacks carried out by gunmen of the Renamo rebels, and the resulting economic instability.

He called for determination and courage so that the Renamo attacks do not divert the country from its development agenda.

The defence sector now has a number of specialized training institutes, notably the Samora Machel Military Academy in the northern city of Nampula, and the Alberto Chipande Sergeants Training School in Boane, just outside Maputo, as well as the Armando Guebuza Higher Institute of Defence Studies.