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Mozambique national television to
broadcast news in local languages 

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambique’s National Television (TVM) announced on Monday to broadcast national news in 15 local languages throughout the country henceforth.

According to the administrator for TVM’s Content Area, Claudio Jone, in the first phase the channel will broadcast news from Monday to Friday, with daily information being transmitted in three languages, reaching 15 languages in total by the end of the week.

“The broadcasting of Mozambican languages on TVM aims to respond to a demand from viewers, who at the moment do not have access to information in their own mother languages,” he said.

The administrator said that the introduction of content in local languages will also extend the space for democratic participation of Mozambicans.

“We already broadcast the news in local languages, but with a limited coverage, this time we will expand the coverage and there is possibility of opening more channels and extending broadcasting hours,” he said.

Although in a Portuguese-speaking country, the administrator said that the broadcast project in local languages is being consolidated with migration from the public channel to the digital age.



Mozambique reforms national education system according to int’l protocols

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambican parliament approved on Thursday in Maputo, the revision of the national education system bill to meet international protocols on education of which the country is a signatory.

One of the revisions proposed by the new bill is to delay the admission age for technical and professional schools, which according to the Minister of Education, Conceita Sortane, pupils are enrolled in early ages (12 or 13 years old) prematurely for the system at present.

“One of the reasons is that the profile of the trained pupils after concluding the technical and professional education does not meet the demands of the job market,” said the minister.

The bill also makes education from grade one to nine mandatory and free in public schools, and pupils can be enrolled at schools starting at the age of six.

The minister highlighted that the revision of the bill is part of the government’s five-year governance plan to guarantee proper training of man to meet the needs of the 21st century.

“The revision of the bill also follows the need to be aligned with the United Nations agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals that defend inclusive, equitable and quality education and on the agenda 2063 of the African Union for the Africa we want,” said the minister.

Parliament members said they voted for the bill because they believe it will allow the efficiency of education in the country, particularly of primary level to meet present challenges and to address the coming ones.


Mozambican president reaffirms agriculture’s contribution

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi officially launched the country’s agricultural campaign on Thursday in the northernmost province Cabo Delgado, where he reaffirmed that agricultural sector continues to be the country’s backbone for development.

“Agriculture is the pillar of our development, it is through agriculture that we will guarantee economic, and social development of Mozambique. This is our vision and it is not new, it is expressed in our constitution,” said the president.

Nyusi said that food production contributes to the reduction of living costs, and “our economy grew and inflation dropped significantly because of the positive performance of the agricultural sector.”

He mentioned cashew nuts and sugar as the outstanding industries which generate jobs and improving living conditions for thousands Mozambicans and that people vulnerable to food insecurity reduced from 1.4 million to 531,000 from 2016 to 2017.

Despite the inspiring picture, the president admitted challenges such as the loss of around 5.2 percent of the area predicted to grow food in the last agricultural campaign due to natural disasters, and the difficulties in commercialization of products for farmers.


Mozambique president urges justice authorities to dig deep on attacks in north

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday urged authorities to be tough in clarifying and criminating the defendants who are being tried due to their connection with attacks in the country’s northern province Cabo Delgado.

Nyusi was speaking to the heads of the country’s organs of justice on the Legality Day in Mozambique that was marked this Monday, saying the system’s quality depends on cases like this.

“We need to dig deep, because I do not believe that there are people captured by the authorities who say simply make attacks at their own will,” said the president.

His comments referred to the fact that some preliminary results of the trial show that so far none of the defendants have had any involvements in the brutal attacks in Cabo Delgado.

According to the president, Mozambican lawmakers must bring added reliability, as a means of allowing victims to see themselves in the way of justice and the penalties imposed.

“We are asking for the collaboration of the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and Justice in the clarification and accountability of the macabre acts against our people and against the development of Mozambique,” he said.

“The patriotic spirit should be more effective in making Mozambique a safer destination, and quality of justice management services should be improved,” added Nyusi.


Mozambique and Botswana sign agreement
for direct flights between the two countries

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambique and Botswana will be connected through direct flights between Maputo and Gaborone from 2019, the Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Pacheco announced here on Wednesday.

“The agreement we signed today (Wednesday) will materialize that Mozambicans willing to travel to Botswana and Botswanians willing to travel to Maputo will no longer use connecting flights to do so, they will do it straight from Gaborone to Maputo and vice versa,” said the minister.

“This is a reality that happens because there is political will and commercial will in the business sector. New airplanes in Botswana are being purchased to reinforce the fleet to among other things connect Gaborone with Maputo,” Pacheco added.

The agreement is a result of talks held between the delegations of Mozambique and Botswana during the three-day visit of Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the country.

According to Pacheco, the need to reinforce commercial and political relations between the two countries was highlighted. Cooperation in the sectors of security and defense, culture and arts, and wildlife conservation were also discussed during the talks.



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