Portuguese exports to Mozambique rise 33 percent in 2008

11 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 June – Portuguese exports to Mozambique rose by 33 percent in 2008 and growth in Mozambique’s exports to Portugal was 100 percent, the Portuguese ambassador to Mozambique, Godinho de Matos said in Maputo Wednesday.

Noting the role played by Portuguese-owned companies in the Mozambican economy the ambassador said that Portugal was the third biggest investor in Mozambique in 2008, with investment in the first quarter of 2009 totalling US$16.5 million, which made the Portuguese the second-biggest investors in the period after South Africa.

In the presence of the Portuguese deputy defence minister, João Mira Gomes, who concluded a two-day visit to Mozambique, Godinho de Matos reminded his audience that Portuguese aid had totalled 45 million euros in the last three years, most of which had been for “training and technical assistance,” particularly for the Education sector. (macauhub)