1 From August 16-17, six members of the US Senate and House of Representatives visited the Republic of Mozambique to deepen the US-Mozambique relationship in the areas of peace and security, democracy, environmental conservation, business and health.
2 In Maputo, the delegation met with the Prime Minister of Mozambique, Adriano Maleiane, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Veronica Macamo, and the Legislative Assembly, including the Vice President of the Assembly, Helder Injojo.
4 Topics ranged from environmental conservation and climate change to stabilization and peace.
5 “This visit by a bipartisan congressional delegation to Mozambique is yet another example of the multidimensional friendship and partnership between the United States and Mozambique that spans decades,” said US Ambassador to Mozambique Peter H.
8 “Mozambique is at the forefront of the US strategy for sub-Saharan Africa.”
9 On August 16, the delegation visited the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Vilankulo, Inhambane province, where they met with leaders of Mozambique’s wildlife conservation efforts (ANAC, African Parks, Marine Megafauna Foundation and Greg Carr Foundation) and community leaders dedicated to protecting the unique maritime ecosystem.
10 Under the joint 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 increases employment, and safeguards biodiversity.
11 Protecting wildlife, improving natural resource management, and promoting community participation in conservation efforts in and around protected areas are critical components of broader US government assistance.
12 USA in Mozambique.
13 Working closely with the Government of Mozambique, the United States provides more than $500 million in annual assistance to help Mozambicans build a healthier, more democratic, safer, and more prosperous country for all.
14 Led by Senator Coons of the Senate Appropriations Committee, other members of the delegation include Senator Robert Portman (R-OH), Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Sen. 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.