Chinese Ambassador to Mozambique Wang Hejun met with Manuel Teodosio Marcos Sibia, a graduate of the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development (ISSCD) in 2021, and awarded Sibia with a graduation certificate and diploma from the ISSCD.
Wang inquired about Sibia's study and life in China as well as his work in Mozambique. He congratulated Sibia on overcoming the obstacles posed by COVID-19 and successfully completing his studies.
Wang encouraged Sibia to put his studies into practice, strive to become a first-class expert and leader in the economic and social development of Mozambique, and deepen theoretical and practical research on development. Wang also hoped Sibia would serve as a representative of the China-Mozambique friendship to make new contributions to enhance the two countries' exchanges in governance experiences and to promote mutual benefits and win-win cooperation between China and other developing countries.
Sibia thanked Wang for his cordial reception and encouragement, saying that his study experience in China was very important to him and his country.
He said that during the study in China, he witnessed the great achievements of the country's development and was impressed by the closeness of people's hearts and ideas between China and other developing countries. Chinese development experience has provided a useful reference for other developing countries like Mozambique, and he will use his expertise to make more contributions to China-Mozambique friendly relations and practical cooperation in the future.
Since its establishment in 2015, the ISSCD has trained high-end talent from more than 50 developing countries, and three trainees from Mozambique have successfully graduated and returned to their home country.
Sibia was admitted to the ISSCD in 2018 to study theoretical economics (national development) at Peking University of China. He is the first Mozambican student to receive a doctoral degree from the institute. He is now a professor of economics at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane.