Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado industries grow by 62 percent in five years

8 October 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 Oct – The industries of Cabo Delgado province have increased from 318 establishments in 2002 to 515 by the end of the first half of 2007, a rise of 62 percent, according to the Provincial Industry and Commerce Directorate (DPIC).

The province’s industries, which are mainly made up of micro and small companies, in the first half of this year alone saw an increase of six industrial units, two of which are cashew processing plants, one for processing shrimp and another for polishing rice.

In terms of retail space, the network increased from 1,708 establishments in 2002, to 2,160 establishments in the first half of this year, which represented growth of 26.5 percent.

Similarly to the poor coverage of the province by its industries, the retail network also has the same problem. A considerable part of the population is still located far from these essential services.

In the first half of the year 315,673 tons of products were exported such as wood, cotton seed and fiber, cashew nuts, almonds and maize, which resulted in revenue of US$155 million.

The main export markets are Indonesia, China, India, Portugal, the United States, Germany and South Africa. (macauhub)