25/05/2015 10:14 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam, Mozambique boost joint conservation activities

Hanoi, May 24 (VNA) – Vietnam and Mozambique recently co-organised a series of activities towards the signing of an agreement on bilateral cooperation on wild animal protection.

A Vietnamese delegation, which consisted of officials from the Ministries of Public Security, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Rural Development, the General Department of Vietnam Customs, the Supreme People’s Procuracy, and the Wildlife Conservation Society, visited Mozambique from May 18-20 for the purpose.

The delegation and the Vietnamese Embassay in Mozambique held a working session with the Mozambiquean Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Celso Ismael Correia, on the issue.

Minister Celso Ismael Correia highlighted his government focus on wildlife conservation and appreciated Vietnam’s goodwill towards those efforts.

He urged holding talks for the early conclusion of a bilateral agreement on wildlife conservation cooperation.

The delegation discussed with a multi-sectoral delegation of the Mozambiquean Government at a separate meeting the contents of the aforesaid agreement. The Mozambiquean side said ministries and agencies of both countries should increases information and experience sharing in fighting the illegal trade and transport of samples of wild animals facing extinction.

The delegation also held a dialogue with foreign ambassadors and representatives from international organisations on Vietnam’s efforts to fight wildlife trade. The ambassadors appreciated the country’s measures, which have brought about positive changes in the field.

The Vietnamese officials also organised a public event to raise awareness among the Vietnamese community in Mozambique on conservation policies and programmes, including preventing the trade of rhino horns and elephant tusks and curbing wildlife trafficking.

Besides Mozambique, the delegation has visited Kenya, Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa for similar purposes.