Mozambique: Govt to create four science and technology parks

17 October 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Oct – Mozambique will build four science and technology parks in the coming years in the provinces Maputo (Manhiça and Moamba), Zambezia and Nampula, which will specialize in research, the Noticias newspaper reported Friday.

Areas embraced by the project include start-ups of research firms in agrarian technologies, agro-processing, energy and the environment, telecoms, biotechnologies and biomedicine, and construction materials.

The Maputo government met Tuesday to approve the Program for Creation of Science and Technology Parks in Mozambique.

Science and Technology Minister Venancio Massingue said the first park will be set up soon in the district of Manhiça, in Maputo province in partnership with the Indian government to begin a project that will last 10 years.

“The provincial government has already arranged space to build this initiative and we have already provided funds for the first phase of the setting up the Manhiça park,” the minister said.

The Mozambican and Indian governments have jointly provided US$ 25 million to create the Manhiça Science and Technology Park.

Maputo’s science and technology minister said the funds will be used to build laboratories, classrooms, assembly lines for IT equipment, as well as finalization of the facility and the provision of its power and water supplies.

Massingue said the new technology parks “will help to transfer and commercialize technologies, fostering entrepreneurship, development of SMEs and IT systems, in addition to development of innovatory products and services. (macauhub)