Portugal to provide technical support to Mozambique in tourism sector

1 December 2005

Bilene, Mozambique, 01 Dec – Portugal will supply technical assistance to Mozambique to create all the legal diplomas required to draw up the country’s Tourism Law, under the terms of a memorandum signed Wednesday at the coastal resort of Bilene, north of Maputo.

Eunice Gonçalves, from Portuguese tourism university, Escola Superior de Turismo de Portugal, who signed the memorandum on the Portuguese side, said that her institution had already been training staff from Mozambique for six years and that it has helped to draw up the curricula for the university-level tourism school set up in Inhambane.

Under the terms of the memorandum the technical assistance will allow the Mozambican state to clearly define what may and may not be done in implementing tourism developments. “For example, we are going to pass on the necessary knowledge to define what is a three, four and five star hotel,” said Eunice Gonçalves.

The memorandum, signed for Mozambique by the director of Tourism Promotion of the Ministry of Tourism, Hiuane
Abobakar, was signed during the congress of the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism (APAVT), which ends Thursday.

During the ceremony, the governor of Gaza province, Djalma
Lourenço, called for increased Portuguese investment, not only in tourism but in all areas of the Mozambique economy. (macauhub)