1. The inaugural Republic of Korea-Mozambique Policy Consultation will take place in Seoul on April 3, with Director-General for African and Middle Eastern Affairs Kwon Hee-seog and Director for Asia and Oceania Maria Gustava of the Foreign Ministries of the ROK and Mozambique leading their respective delegations.
2. In their forthcoming Policy Consultation, the two sides will review the progress in the implementation of the follow-up measures to the bilateral summit talks held on June 4, 2013. They will also exchange views on a wide range of matters of mutual concern, including ways to boost high-level exchanges; the progress in the ongoing economic cooperation projects and ways to step up such cooperation down the road; the fourth ROK-Africa Forum; ways to work together on the international stage; development cooperation; and situations in different regions of the world.
◦ The ROK side will bring attention to the growing entry of Korean companies into the Mozambique market, including their participation in a natural gas-pipeline construction project in Maputo. Given the mutually complementary economic structures of the two countries and the growing interest of Korean companies in Mozambique’s diverse state-funded projects, the two countries have a great potential for boosting bilateral trade and investment. Accordingly, the ROK side will ask for the Mozambique government’s attention to and cooperation in seeking concrete cooperation projects down the road.
◦ In particular, the ROK side will ask the Mozambique government to work together with the ROK government to expedite the conclusion of a bilateral agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports; another for cooperation on economy, science and technology; one for the protection of investment; and others that could pave the way for bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.
3. In addition, the ROK side will explain the current situation on the Korean Peninsula, requesting that the Mozambique government render support for and cooperation on the ROK government’s trustpolitik and unification policy. Furthermore, the ROK officials will touch upon the ROK government’s efforts to help establish peace and stability in Africa.
4. The planned meeting will mark the first director-general-level Policy Consultation since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the ROK and Mozambique. The two countries, through such regular dialogue channels, are expected to seek to strengthen the foundation of their friendly and cooperative ties and broaden their scope of substantive cooperation to include more various sectors.
Spokesperson and Deputy Minister for Public Relations of MOFA
* unofficial translation