Informal sector employs 87 pct of Mozambican workers

3 May 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 03 May – The informal sector of the Mozambican economy employs, on average, 87 percent of the country’s workers, with the highest levels recorded in the agricultural sector, according to the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE).

The Informal Sector Survey (INFOR), carried out by INE between July and September of last year, the results of which were published in Maputo at the end of last week, showed that turnover of the informal economy totaled some US$74 million per year.

The agricultural sector had the greatest level of informality – 92 percent – 5 percent above the average of the 14.4 million workers in the country.

The study, which was based on interviews of 6,487 families, made it possible to gather the first systematic information about the informal sector of the Mozambican economy.

The Mozambican government has set the “migration” of informal activities to the contributing sector of the economy as a priority.

INFOR was financed by Italian cooperation and made use of technical assistance of the Center for Statistical Cooperation, which led a consortium made up of statistical offices of Portugal, Spain and Italy.

The project is part of a two-year support program for developing Mozambican statistics, which after being assessed in Maputo last week, will be lengthened by a further six months. (macauhub)