The Seoul Metropolitan Government signed a memorandum of understanding with Maputo City of Mozambique in Africa, after signed an agreement with Cairo, Egypt, as the Korean capital steps up exchange with the African continent.
Mayor Oh Se-hoon met with Maputo Mayor David Simango at the senior managers’ conference room in Seoul City Hall at 11 am on June 13, and signed a “Seoul-Maputo Friendship City Agreement” aimed at boosting mutual exchange and cooperation in diverse fields, including economy, culture, tourism, and environment.
The five-member delegation from Maputo, including the mayor, visited Seoul as a courtesy call to sign a friendship city agreement between Seoul and Maputo, from June 12 to 15.
The Friendship City Agreement focuses on, among other things, the expansion of exchange in the fields of informatization, urban development, transportation, and environment; support for exchange between companies so as to increase trade and investment; and the promotion of cooperation in the tourism sector and the joint implementation of tourism marketing.
After signing the agreement, the two cities will expand practical exchange, including tourism, and know-how in the economic, cultural and environmental fields, and share a personnel network, including the training of invited civil servants.
Seoul Mayor Oh said, “Africa is a region with huge growth potential based on its rich natural resources. As such, Seoul can transfer its developmental know-how, while seeking ways for reciprocal development in a strategic relationship based on mutual cooperation in the future.” He added, “If Seoul Metropolitan Government and Maputo City can share their experience and successfully cooperate in areas of mutual interest, the two cities will achieve good results to expedite their development.”