The Mozambican and Rwandan governments have signed, in Kigali, a memorandum of understanding in the areas of science and technology, and higher and professional education.
According to the release from the Mozambican Ministry of Science and Technology, the agreement was signed by the Mozambican Minister, Jorge Nhambiu, and the Rwandan Minister for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa.
The memorandum follows the visit to Rwanda by Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi in July, and the main goal is to define specific actions to implement the agreements reached then.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Nhambiu said that, with the memorandum, it is intended to establish an exchange of knowledge and of experts in Electronic Governance, to develop a programme in the area of cyber-security, and to incubate ICT start-ups.
The two countries also hope to cooperate in internationalising their higher education institutions, in exchanging students and teaching staff, in joint calls for research work, and in the transfer of community technologies through a partnership between the relevant Mozambican and Rwandan research centres.
The Cooperation Plan of Action, said Nhambiu, puts the desires expressed in the Memorandum of Understanding into specific initiatives that can be implemented in the short and medium term.
The Mozambican government, he added, believes that science, technology and higher and professional education play an important role in the growth of the economy and improving citizens’ quality of life.
« We think that, as countries of the same continent, and to some extent facing the same challenges, we should continually and substantially improve the coordination of our actions and share experiences of success so that we speed up the development of our states », stressed Nhambiu.
The Express News