Visit to Mozambique and Tanzania
President Barroso visited yesterday Mozambique to discuss bilateral relations and future cooperation.
Prior to arriving in Maputo, President Barroso said: "I look forward to visiting Mozambique again and to discussing the future of our cooperation. We remain firmly committed to support Mozambique in the process of achieving sustainable development as part of our renewed partnership with Africa."
The President met with President Armando Guebuza and three bilateral agreements, totalling € 37 million, were signed. They aim to boost local economic development, to support civil society groups and to reinforce the rule of law and public accountability.
Mr Barroso had the chance to address the Summit of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries where he reiterated the EU's commitment to assist in the further development and consolidation of this like minded organisation of 8 States, comprising 250 million people.
Tomorrow (21 July), the President will meet the Tanzanian President and senior ministers to reinforce the dialogue and economic cooperation between the EU and Tanzania.
During the visit, six new financing agreements will be signed, worth a total of €126.5 million. This new support will help to rehabilitate more than 200 km of roads or provide access to drinking water for 500,000 people and to improved sanitation infrastructure and services for some 140,000 inhabitants.
The President of the European Commission is accompanied by European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.