Tourism is fundamental for Mozambique’s development, minister says

15 December 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Dec – Tourism is one of Mozambique’s weapons for fighting poverty, creating jobs and contributing to the balance of payments, the minister of Tourism, Fernando Sumbana said Thursday in Maputo.

Speaking to the Mozambican parliament during the budget debate for 2007, Sumbana said that tourism generated revenues of US$108 million in 2005 and was expected to generate US$144 million this year, Or a 33 percent year on year rise.

According to the minister, the tourism sector currently employs around 35,000 people, half of which are female, as well as being one of the main focuses of foreign investment.

Sumbana added that there had been problems with tourism operators, particularly due to the construction of fences in order to prevent access to beaches.

“These fences have been removed in order for the local population to be able to access the beaches,” the tourism minister said. (macauhub)