Mozambique this Monday turned 43 with a delegation from Zimbabwe comprising government officials, service chiefs and the Zanu PF leadership joining their counterparts in Chimoio in remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence.

The African nation endured a brutal nine-year war to gain its independence from Portugal with the conflict ending on the 25th of June 1975.

The Governor of Manica Province, Alberto Ricardo Mondlane who led in the laying of wreaths at the Praca dos heroes shrine, said Mozambique has set its sights on development programmes set to transform the country’s economic fortunes.

“As a country, we have set our sights on development. What we want is for the younger generation to have a secure future and that is what the projects that we are embarking on have to exemplify,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s Manicaland Provincial Administrator, Cde Edgars Seenza noted that efforts to achieve increased business synergies between Zimbabwe and Mozambique are bearing fruit.

“As Manicaland Province we are looking at deepening cooperation with our mozambican partners. What we have done is to visit the province in pursuit of joint ventures which we feel will benefit both countries,” he said.

Going forward, Mozambique is looking to leverage on ample arable land, water, energy, mineral resources and newly discovered natural gas offshore, three deep seaports as well as a relatively large potential pool of labour for increased economic resurgence.