Mozambique: China’s Liaoning province plans to invest in Mozambique’s Sofala province

26 February 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 26 Feb – The Chinese province of Liaoning plans to invest in Mozambique, particularly in Sofala province, under the terms of an agreement signed in Maputo by the governor of Sofala, Alberto Vaquina and by Yan Feng, the vice-president of the vice-president of the congress of the Chinese province.

Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported that the memoranduma imed to re-launch bilateral cooperation in the areas of mining, fishing, tarde and culture.

According to the governors of Sofala foreign investment is needed for the exploration of a reserve estimated at 4 billion cubic metres of natural gas, in Búzi, as well as a total of 30 million tonnes of limestone in the districts of Muanza, Cheringoma and Búzi.

Fluorite mines are also being explored in Maringuè, across an area of approximately 2,000 square metres and alluvial gold in the administrative area of Siluvo in Nhamatanda.

Speaking to the mission from Liaoning which travelled to Beira, the provincial capital of Sofala, the permanent secretary of that region, António Máquina, added that the region was also rich in guano, decorative stone and ornamental rocks.

In terms of fishing Sofala has estimated potential of 141,120 tonnes of sea products over a year, including fish, shrimp, crab, lobster, clams and squid.

Sofala has a population of 1.6 million across an area of 68,018 square kilometres, of which 32,700 is arable land, whilst . (macauhub)