US inaugurates new Embassy in Maputo

EUA inaugura nova Embaixada em Maputo

The United States of America (USA) inaugurated the new embassy, this Thursday, in the city of Maputo, which will integrate all agencies of the American government, except the Peace Corps.

The construction of the imposing building took more than five years. During this period it injected more than 22 million dollars into the local economy, through the creation of more than a thousand jobs.

For US Ambassador Dennis Walter Hearne, "this is a clear example of the strong and growing relationship between the United States of America and the Republic of Mozambique. He reiterated his country's commitment "in the search for peace and the fight against violent extremism in Cabo Delgado.

For his part, the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Ernesto Max Tonela, said that the act is a "milestone in bilateral relations between the countries.

According to the U.S. Department of State's Director General for Engineering, Facilities and Security Management in the Office of Foreign Building Operations, Tracy Thomas, the building features the latest in energy efficiency, and occupies a ten acre space.

The building has cement flaps inspired by Makonde statues, and boasts American and Mozambican artworks by Gonçalo Mabunda and Alice Hope, respectively. The idea is to demonstrate how much the countries' cultures have in common. This is in addition to highlighting the sustainable landscaping that represents Mozambique's three main biomes, dunes, savannah, and forest.

In addition to more than $500 million in annual assistance programs, the U.S. is Johnson & Johnson's largest vaccine donor. The U.S. has invested some $62 million in support of Mozambique's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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