MeMORANDUM OF COOPERATION
LOK SABHA (LOWER HOUSE) OF the REPUBLIC OF INDIA
THE ASSEMBLY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE
The Lok Sabha (Lower House) of the Republic of India and the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique (hereinafter referred to as the Sides);
Considering the excellent and historic relations of friendship, solidarity and cooperation that unite the two Peoples and Countries;
Highlighting the fundamental importance of Parliamentary institutions;
Aware that the exchange of experiences and cooperation at Parliamentary level can contribute to institutional development, strengthening of mutual understanding and bringing the Peoples of India and Mozambique together.
Considering that the shared belief in the values of freedom, political and democratic pluralism, as well as the historical and cultural ties that unite the two countries, require the institutionalisation of regular and structured contacts between the two Sides;
Believing in the firm purpose of the Sides to develop a wide-ranging cooperation, with a view to enhancing the exercise of the mandate and constitutional functions of both Parliaments.
The Sides, hereby resolve to sign and formalize this Memorandum of Cooperation which shall be governed by the following clauses:
Principles and Objectives
The Sides, by means of this Memorandum of Cooperation, aim to develop privileged relations based on the principles of equality, reciprocity of benefits and mutual respect, and undertake to consult each other on matters of Parliamentary interest.
The Sides intend to formalise the exchange of experience and knowledge on Parliamentary activities by organising technical missions and developing other forms of cooperation.
Areas of Cooperation
In pursuit of their objectives, the Sides also undertake to:
a) Organise regular meetings between the two Parliaments to exchange experiences on matters of common interest;
b) Conduct reciprocal study and working visits, through Parliamentary delegations;
c) Establish Parliamentary Friendship Group.
The Sides undertake to regularly exchange views and co-ordinate positions on international issues, especially those relating to common geopolitical zones.
The Sides undertake to co-ordinate their positions on matters of common interest in international fora in which they are represented.
The Sides agree to promote bilateral meetings between the Speakers of the two Parliaments in the context of their participation in International Parliamentary conferences.
1. For the implementation of the provisions of this Memorandum of Cooperation, the Secretaries-General will identify the existing opportunities in each Parliament and establish concrete pluriannual actions of cooperation in the areas they deem relevant.
2. The Secretaries-General of both Parliaments will meet alternately in each of the countries to assess the cooperation programme and produce a report on the progress achieved, which will be submitted to the respective Speakers.
Parliamentary Friendship Groups
The Sides support the development of bilateral relations through the institutionalisation of Parliamentary Friendship Groups between the Republic of India and the Republic of Mozambique.
1. This Memorandum of Cooperation shall enter into force upon signature and shall last for a period of five (05) years, and shall be automatically renewed for equal periods of time, unless otherwise notified by one of the Sides, in writing.
2. The termination of this Memorandum of Cooperation shall be communicated to the other Party by means of a notification, by not less than 180 days prior to its expiry.
Done on the 27th day of July 2022 in New Delhi, in two originals each in Hindi, Portuguese and English, all texts being equally authentic. In case of divergence in interpretation, the English text shall prevail.
FOR LOK SABHA (LOWER HOUSE) OF THE
REPUBLIC OF INDIA
FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF THE
REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE
(ESPERANÇA LAURINDA FRANCISCO NHIUANE BIAS)