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Visit to East Africa, 2008

Jornalnoticias.co.mz - June 4, 2008

Índia quer fortalecer cooperação com Moçambique

INDIVÍDUOS de origem
indiana com cidadania moçambicana estão pouco ligados à Índia, mas a sua presença no país pode servir de ponte entre os dois países em vários domínios, considera o Comissário para os Assuntos Externos de Goa, Eduardo Faleiro.

Falando segunda-feira numa conferência de Imprensa na capital moçambicana, sobre os propósito da sua vinda a Moçambique, Eduardo Faleiro disse ser importante capitalizar a origem da comunidade goense no país para manter os laços de cooperação.

Recordou que o facto de o seu país não atribuir dupla nacionalidade não impede aos que aqui residem de dar o seu contributo para o estabelecimento de relações de amizade e cooperação com o seu país de origem.

“Eles devem lealdade a Moçambique, mas na Índia gozam de certas facilidades como país de origem”, enfatizou.

Vinte e um anos depois da sua estadia em Moçambique, Faleiro nota profundas mudanças, a saber, um crescimento económico acelerado, um clima de paz e reconciliação favorável para a democracia e liberdade de expressão, factores que tornam o país num exemplo não só para o continente como para o mundo.

Durante a sua estadia em Maputo, o visitante goense manteve encontros separados com o antigo estadista moçambicano, Joaquim Chissano, e com o Ministro da Ciência e Tecnologia, Venâncio Massingue, onde a tónica da conversa foi a possibilidade de uma cooperação em diversas áreas já identificadas em ambos os países.

Para a comunidade goense em Moçambique, Faleiro deixou alguns recados, como por exemplo a criação de uma associação de indivíduos indianos naturalizados moçambicanos. Acto idêntico terá lugar em Nova Deli.

Lembrou o papel da Índia durante a luta de libertação de Moçambique, sabido que tanto Goa como Moçambique tiveram um colonizador comum: Portugal.

A Índia colabora com Moçambique em diversas áreas, e já concedeu uma linha de crédito para projectos de desenvolvimento que estão em curso em diversas províncias, para além de apoiar um projecto a ser desenvolvido a partir de Outubro deste ano, que consistirá no processamento de fruta, de que o país é bastante rico.

Savana - May 23, 2008

SAVANA 230508

LOYALTY TO MOZAMBIQUE, Appeals H.E. Minister Eduardo Faleiro

“...All persons of Goan or Indian origin who have acquired other nationality automatically lose their original nationality, and their loyalty is to be directed exclusively towards the government whose country’s nationality they have adopted...” – this ‘warning’ was pronounced by the Commissioner of the Goa Government for the Diaspora, HE Eduardo Faleiro, who last week visited Mozambique.

Speaking at a press conference on the last day of his visit, the Commissioner pointed out that the main objective of his visit was to clarify and manifest the position of the Indian Government towards those Mozambican Citizens who are of Indian or Goan origin and who have acquired Mozambican citizenship.

According to Faleiro, the Indian government ‘does not provide’ for double nationality and in the case of persons of Indian origin who have acquired another nationality, in this case Mozambican, their national loyalty shall be unique and exclusively to the Mozambican Government and not to the Indian. However Mr. Faleiro, who had already visited Mozambique during the ‘80s, expressed the expectation that “...all persons of Indian and Goan origin who now are Mozambican may, through their Communities, contribute decisively to the strengthening of relations between their country of origin India, and their country of adoption. While the loyalty of such persons may be absolutely Mozambican, they may nevertheless play the role of ‘bridges of cooperation and friendship’ between India and Mozambique. In the Indian State the legal frame of ‘double nationality’ is non-existent, thence people may not expect to enjoy the advantages and rights that both nationalities would confer them...”

Meanwhile, in the Mozambican legal context, the ‘double nationality’ frame is provided for, however during their permanence in the country, citizens may exert only one nationality, in this case Mozambican.

THE

Best Way

Out: To Form Associations

Data obtained by this paper indicate that the number of PIOs in Mozambique is estimated at around 20,000 families. There are also about 2,000 families with Indian nationality, and about 1,000 families of Goan origin, who are now in their third generation. Mr. Faleiro suggested that PIOs in Mozambique should form “Mozambique-India Friendship Associations’, an initiative that, according to the Commissioner, would be viewed favorably by both Mozambican and Indian Governments. He committed to personally endeavor towards the formation of such an Association in New Delhi, whose membership would be constituted by Ambassadors and other diplomats who represent India in Mozambique and vice-versa, and would count also with the support of the Mozambican HC in India.

Economic Relationship
In the scope of its international cooperation program, India has several development projects in a number of African countries, including Mozambique. Information from the Indian High Commission in Maputo shows that India has been financing development projects in the provinces of Nampula, Niassa, Cabo Delgado, Zambezia and Gaza. Credit lines have been extended by the Indian Government for rural electrification, rural sanitation and IT projects.

Reunion With An Old Friend
Still during his visit, Commissioner Faleiro held a meeting with ex-President Joaquim Chissano, reminiscing about old times when Mr. Chissano was still Minister of Foreign Affairs. He told journalists about their experiences together, namely during the armed struggle that resulted in the independence of Mozambique, during which time India collaborated significantly with Frelimo freedom fighters towards the ultimate goal of self-determination and freedom. Mr. Faleiro also held talks with Minister of Science & Technology Mr. Venancio Massingue, whom he thanked for the support Mozambique has been affording India in its candidature to the UN Security Council, as well as the candidature of an Indian to the post of General Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Goan Community Seeks Aid
Commissioner Faleiro also visited some communities of Indian and Goan origin Mozambicans, acquainting himself with their activities and welfare; he visited the Museum of Art, the Old Goa House, and other places of relevance to these communities. He then crossed Maputo Bay to Catembe, where there is a long-established community of Goan fishermen, consisting now of 23 families. During exchanges with this community, a request for material aid, in the form of outboard boat engines for their boats, was presented to the Commissioner. It was suggested that these could be made available within the scope of the India-Mozambique cooperation.

The Commissioner was very pleased with this informal talk by the seaside and “... I feel like I am in Goa...” , he remarked.

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