INTRODUCTION: President Samora Machel of Mozambique ended a three-day visit to Italy on Friday (16 October), during which he signed an economic and technical cooperation agreement with the Italian government.
ROME, ITALY (VISNEWS - ANGELO FIORI/ROLANDO FERRARIO)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Samora Machel of Mozambique ended a three-day visit to Italy on Friday (16 October), during which he signed an economic and technical cooperation agreement with the Italian government. He also held talks on international affairs with President Sandro Pertini.
SYNOPSIS: President Machel arrived in Rome on Wednesday (14 October) to begin discussions on a number of projects aimed at using Italian expertise to assist the development of the Mozambique economy. His government has announced that it is cooperating with foreign concerns to provide experienced management in several important areas, including tourism.
The President was flown by helicopter to the Quirinale, the official residence of Italian President Pertini, where a ceremonial welcome was staged.
One the day that President Machel began his visit, the Mozambican news agency AIM said that the country was planning to let foreign management take over the running of major hotels.
According to the news agency report, foreign companies are being called in to help because of an acute shortage of qualified staff in Mozambique.
Next day (October 15), President Machel visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Rome to attend a wreath-laying ceremony. He also saw Prime Minister Giovanni Spadolini and other members of the Italian government to discuss economic cooperation between their two countries. Mozambique is hoping to develop a chain of international hotels to cater mainly for foreign visitors-- and provide an important source of foreign exchange.
Before Mozambique's independence from Portugal in 1975, most visitors came from Zimbabwe and South Africa. Now the government is looking elsewhere for tourists.
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