Thursday, June 27, 2013

■ THAILAND: Mozambique, Thailand hold talks on improving cooperation in civil aviation.

MozambiqueMozambique's Minister of Transport and Communications, Paulo Zucula, and Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have met in Bangkok to discuss various issues pertaining to the development of civil aviation in the Southern African nation.

Upgrade plan for Maputo Intenrational Airport
Upgrade plan for Maputo International
According to Mr Zucula, the meeting largely focussed on increasing cooperation between the two countries in the field of civil aviation. Particular emphasis was placed on the current state of civil aviation in Mozambique, which he said, is in the process of implementing an ambitious plan to expand and modernise its airport infrastructure while Mozambique's national carrier, LAM - Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (TM) is undergoing a fleet renewal exercise. 

Additionally, Aeroportos de Moçambique (AdM), the Mozambican parastatal tasked with running the country's major airports and airspace, is undergoing restructuring to meet the industry’s challenges at the national, regional and international level.

During the meeting, the possibility of the Prime Minister visiting Mozambique in late July was also discussed. This would be the first time a Thai leader has visited Mozambique since diplomatic relations were established in 1989.