Mozambique: Small companies provide just 40 pct of services to Kenmare

15 December 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Dec – Mozambique’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) provide just 40 percent of the goods and services needed for the heavy minerals project in the coastal district of Moma, in Nampula province launched by Australia’s Kenmare, a source from Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre (CPI) told Macauhub.

Currently, just 40 percent of goods and services are provided by Mozambican companies, all of which from Maputo, the source said.

In order to reverse this situation, the Mozambican mining minister, Esperança Bias, signed with Gareth Clifton, director of teh heavy minerals, an agreement with a view t increasing the number of Mozambican companies providing goods and services to the US$500 million facility.

The aim of the agreement is to allow companies in Moma district and Nampula province to provide basic services such as staff transport, cleaning, security, gardening, food services and basic maintenance.

The CPI told Macauhub that companies from Nampula province would be trained in order to meet Kenmare’s needs.

In an initial stage companies will be identified in Nampula with the capacity, or which after training would be able to provide basic services.

The Moma heavy minerals project produces ritilium, zircon and ilmenite to export to Europe and the United States. (macauhub)