Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi starts a working visit to China from today (Monday) until Saturday at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Presidency has announced in a Statement.

Filipe Nyusi will meet his Chinese counterpart and participate in the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing( April 25 to 27). The Belt and Road Initiative is the title given to the Chinese government’s strategy of infrastructure development and investment in countries of Europe, Asia and Africa.

Also on the head of state’s agenda are participation in a forum of companies participating in the Belt and Road Forum, and meetings with Chinese companies and the Mozambican community in China.

The head of state is accompanied by Foreign Ministers and Cooperation, José Pacheco, Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, and Agriculture and Food Security, Higino de Marrule.

Deputy ministers of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Oswaldo Petersburgo, Mineral Resources and Energy, Augusto Fernandes, and Industry and Commerce, Júlio João Pio, are also part of the delegation which also includes Governor of Tete, Paulo Awade, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique to the Republic of China, Maria Gustava, members of the Presidency of the Republic and other Mozambican State institutions and entrepreneurs.

China is Mozambican’s fifth largest export destination, with a 5.3% share, and its third-largest source of imports, with 8.5%, according to data from the Mozambican National Statistics Institute (INE).

A total of 124 countries and 29 international organisations have signed cooperation agreements with China as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, according to the Chinese Xinhua News Agency.

This years Forum is held under the motto: ‘Belt and Road Cooperation, Shaping a Brighter Shared Future’.