026_G18_Spotlight_Mozambique

Global_18

Spotlight Mozambique Standing together President Armando Emílio Guebuza sets out his vision for national unity, improved communications and the fi ght against poverty in Mozambique The struggle against poverty and the promotion of our welfare are of paramount importance in our government. In order to continue to see success in their development, it is vital that we continue to consolidate national unity, peace and democracy. In this year’s contribution to our open and inclusive presidency, we highlighted to our people the importance of peace consolidation, national unity and national independence. We carefully analysed the fi rst two, but I emphasise here that national independence is a political construction that makes us Mozambican citizens and, at the same time, reminds us that beyond our borders, whether we like it or not, we are foreigners – and as such we are seen and treated. National unity is enshrined in our constitution as a fundamental objective of the Mozambican state, ensuring the link between us, as citizens, and our beautiful nation. Patriotism comes from our love for our motherland, from the meaning that we place on our relationship with our country, how we change and build on it and the role that it plays in our lives – our own melody in the concert of nations. The love of our country has its basis in the fulfi lment of our duties, but also the enjoyment of the rights that allow us to exert our citizenship and with that citizenship engrain the foundations of the state, one of the most important reference points for the consolidation of national unity. Thanks to the sense and value we attach to national unity, the cultural references, affi rmation of values and supreme interests of the Mozambican nation are necessarily perennial. It is in this light that our constitution provides for the punishment of acts that go against national unity. So where diversity fl ourishes, our cultural mosaic rejoices, the sense of Mozambican citizenship strengthens and national unity consolidates. Viewed this way, national unity teaches us that the opportunities for all of us to participate in the fi ght against poverty are spread throughout our beautiful Mozambique. Thus, in all our provinces we have land for agricultural production and conditions for agro-processing, logistics and tourism, including hunting. In all these areas, we are able to develop our knowledge society and service industry companies, including fi nancial and insurance services. In some provinces we have ports to explore, build and expand; in other provinces we have natural gas, and in yet others we have heavy minerals. We also have coal and precious stones and yet the right conditions for energy production, including the use of new and renewable sources. The variation in the distribution of natural resources in our homeland should not be an excuse to incite division and separation, jeopardising national unity. Just remember how Mozambicans from different provinces fought together – and some lost their precious lives – for this homeland of heroes to become free and independent. We should reaffi rm, therefore, the need to consolidate national unity around the noble interests of our heroic people, regardless of our partisan and political convictions, religious creed, tribe, race or place of origin. In the same context, we should be steady and persistent in the consolidation of our Mozambican homeland, joined together by the communion of destiny and matrix density that identifi es us as one people, as one nation. Inspired by national unity, we continue to nurture Mozambicanship through various representations of the people and we express 26 l www.global -br ief ing.org second quar ter 2014 global


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