Natural resources should boost fight against poverty: President Guebuza

The president of Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo party, Armando Guebuza, on Friday declared that the use of land and the country’s other natural resources should primarily address the challenges faced in the fight against poverty.

President Guebuza was speaking in the city of Matola, capital of Maputo province, during the opening ceremony of the VIII Frelimo National Cadres Conference.

He stressed that all the country’s resources should be used to respond to the collective desire for an endogenous and a sustainable development.

President Guebuza was speaking before thousands of delegates and guests from throughout the country, who attended the opening ceremony of this three-day event, held under the theme “Celebrating Samora Machel, Preparing the 10th Congress”.

The meeting will discuss the report of the Preparatory Office of the 10th Congress. The Congress will be held in the city of Pemba, capital of the northern province of Cabo Delgado, from 23 to 28 September 2012.

President Guebuza pointed out that the government continues to strictly apply the country’s legislation which governs land use and the exploitation of other natural resources. He stressed that State institutions must be granted adequate resources to enforce the law.

President Guebuza urged everyone to continue mobilising investments: private and public; domestic and foreign; small, medium and large; for the exploitation of land and other natural resources.

For President Guebuza, these investments expose Mozambicans to new technologies, know-how, ethics, discipline and safety at work. He added that “these investments are also a source of the capital needed to turn these resources into wealth”.

The President stressed that as a party, Frelimo should continue to guide the government to ensure that more Mozambicans are integrated into the value chain arising from investments in land and other natural resources.

He added that “Mozambicans should feel connected to both domestic and international markets and be led to discover other opportunities arising from these investments, and to establish symbiotic relationships”.

He made it clear that “our country’s wealth should benefit all Mozambicans”.

Among the conference delegates are many prominent political figures, including the Chairperson of the Assembly of the Republic (Mozambican Parliament) Veronica Macamo; Prime Minister Aires Ali; former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano; Ministers; provincial governors; and members of the Frelimo Central Committee.

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