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LOK SABHA SPEAKER HOLDS BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE IN PARLIAMENT HOUSE COMPLEX

New Delhi 27 July 2022: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla held a bilateral meeting with H.E. Ms. Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias, Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique, at Parliament House Complex today. A Parliamentary Delegation of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique led by Ms. Bias is on a three-day visit to India at the invitation of the Parliament of India.

Shri Birla expressed happiness at Ms. Bais's arrival soon after the election and swearing-in of the new President of India. He told the visiting Delegation that Ms. Bias would be among the first foreign dignitaries to meet Hon'ble President of India Shrimati Draupadi Murmu.

Speaking about the bilateral relations between the two countries, Shri Birla said that the visit of the Mozambique Parliamentary Delegation to India has ushered in a new era of Parliamentary cooperation between the two nations. Shri Birla hoped for developing a closer relationship between the two Parliaments in the future.   On this occasion, Shri Birla extended warm greetings on the success of Mozambique in the elections for the non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council for the term of 2023-24.

Referring to the historically close and friendly bilateral relations between India and Mozambique, Shri Birla recalled that there have been regular high level visits between the two countries. He further added that Mozambique is a strategic partner and a close trading partner for India. He was happy to note that trade between the two countries has increased significantly over the years and Indian companies have invested heavily in Mozambique's LNG and mining sectors. Referring to India's prompt assistance after Cyclone Idai, which hit Mozambique in March 2019, Shri Birla said that it is an important reflection of the friendly relations between the two countries. Shri Birla also mentioned about India's assistance to Mozambique in the form of vaccines as well as materials such as masks, sanitisers, PPE kits etc. to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He appreciated the positive role played by the Indian diaspora in Mozambique in the all-round development of the country.

Referring to the election of Smt. Draupadi Murmu as President of India, Ms. Bias said that India is leading the world in women empowerment. Appreciating the support of India in the fight against terrorism in Mozambique, she said that India’s constant support is helping Mozambique in maintaining peace in the country. She further said that regular visits of leaders between the two countries will further strengthen bilateral relations between the countries and Parliaments.

Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Birla and H.E. Ms. Bias signed a Memorandum of Cooperation which aims to develop privileged relations between the Parliaments of India & Mozambique based on the principles of equality, reciprocity of benefits and mutual respect. A copy of the MoU (in Hindi and English) is attached.

MeMORANDUM OF COOPERATION

BETWEEN

LOK SABHA (LOWER HOUSE) OF the REPUBLIC OF INDIA

 AND

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:

I

Principles and Objectives

ARTICLE 1

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.

ARTICLE 2

 

The Sides intend to formalise the exchange of experience and knowledge on Parliamentary activities by organising technical missions and developing other forms of cooperation.

II

Areas of Cooperation

ARTICLE 3

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.

                                                          ARTICLE 4

The Sides undertake to regularly exchange views and co-ordinate positions on international issues, especially those relating to common geopolitical zones.

ARTICLE 5

The Sides undertake to co-ordinate their positions on matters of common interest in international fora in which they are represented.

ARTICLE 6

The Sides agree to promote bilateral meetings between the Speakers of the two Parliaments in the context of their participation in International Parliamentary conferences.

ARTICLE 7 

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.

III

Parliamentary Friendship Groups

ARTICLE 8

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.

IV

Final Provisions

ARTICLE 9

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

 

 (OM BIRLA)

SPEAKER

FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF THE

REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE

 

 

(ESPERANÇA LAURINDA FRANCISCO NHIUANE BIAS)

SPEAKER

 

 

 

 







 

 

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