From August 16-17, six members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives visited the Republic of Mozambique to deepen the U.S.-Mozambique relationship in the areas of peace and security, democracy, environmental conservation, business, and health.
In Maputo, the delegation met with Mozambique Prime Minister Adriano Maleiane, Foreign Minister Veronica Macamo, and the Legislative Assembly, including Assembly Vice President Helder Injojo. During those meetings, officials discussed the growing U.S.-Mozambique partnership. Topics ranged from environmental conservation and climate change to stabilization and peace.
“This bi-partisan congressional delegation visit to Mozambique is yet another example of the multi-dimensional U.S.-Mozambique friendship and partnership, which spans decades,” said U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique Peter H. Vrooman.
“It was great to discuss cooperation on economic development, countering violent extremism, and international conservation with our partners in Mozambique,” said Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE). “Mozambique is at the forefront of the U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa.”
On August 16, the delegation visited the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Vilankulo, Inhambane province where they met with leaders in Mozambique’s wildlife conservation efforts – ANAC, African Parks, Marine Megafauna Foundation, and the Greg Carr Foundation – and community leaders invested in protecting the unique maritime ecosystem. Under the co-management of African Parks and the Government of Mozambique, Bazaruto Park has become another example of how effective park management can improve the livelihoods of local communities, preserve critical reserves while attracting tourists and increasing jobs, and safeguard biodiversity.
Protecting wildlife, improving natural resource management, and promoting community involvement in conservation efforts in and around protected areas are critical components of the broader U.S. Government assistance in Mozambique. In close collaboration with the Government of Mozambique, the United States provides more than $500 million in annual assistance to help Mozambicans build a healthier, more democratic, more secure, and more prosperous county for all.
Led by Senator Coons of the Senate Appropriations Committee, other delegation members include Senator Robert Portman (R-OH), Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Senate Armed Services Committee; Representative David Joyce (R-OH-14), House Appropriations Committee; Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06), House Armed Services Committee; and Representative David Price, (D-NC-04), House Appropriations Committee. Also, part of the delegation was Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Alice Albright.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy in Mozambique.