International Maputo Fair opens with 15 countries and 223 companies represented

27 August 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 Aug – The 43rd International Maputo fair (Facim), the most important Mozambican fair, is due to open Monday until September 2 with 15 countries and 223 companies attending, 105 of which are Mozambican.

Mozambican newspaper Notícias said that the fair “is the final opportunity to show that Mozambique has a lot to give in the context of regional economic integration, before the free trade area comes into force, in August 2008.”

One of the areas in which Mozambique has a lot to say in the context of regional integration, is agriculture, considering that the country has a vast range of exclusive crops – which will be exhibited at facim – and the acceptance of which in markets such as South Africa is already a reality.

In fact, at a fair organized this year in South Africa, the newspaper said it was proven that Mozambican agricultural products were accepted, as teh Mozambican companies that took part received orders totling some 500,000 rand, but that, due to a lack of large scale production, they are not able to meet orders.

With a total area of 1,750 square meters the Portugal pavilion will be the largest at the fair, followed by Germany, covering 380 square meters, and Brazil, with 225 square meters.

As well as these countries, the event will also be attended by companies from Taiwan, Macau, Vietnam, Swaziland, Malawi, Spain, Kenya and Canada, amongst otehr countries and territories.

The countries that are members of the Southern African Development Community (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar, Maritius, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo) are also due to take part, as the organization prepares to launch the SADC free trade area, in 2008.

During the fair, conferences, workshops and other activities aimed at familiarizing foreign and national businesspeople with Mozambican legislation on company creation and investment, will be held. (macauhub)

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