Mozambican employers advise Portuguese business owners to choose local partners

7 July 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 July – The president of the Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique, Salimo Abdula Monday in Maputo warned Portuguese business owners that want to invest in the country to find local partners, in order to avoid projects failing.

“All large projects from Portugal have failed,” Abdula told an audience of business owners from Aveiro in Maputo, saying that this was due to putting “well paid” Portuguese employees in charge, without the presence of parties with direct interests in the investment.

Abdula was speaking at a seminar entitled, “Mozambique: An exemplary market,” aimed at explaining the country’s potential to a group of businesspeople from the Industrial Association of the District of Aveiro, that is visiting Mozambique this week.

Abdula noted that the Zambezi valley area, in central Mozambique, had great potential and noted tourism, agri-industry, mining and services as some in which there are, “great business opportunities.”

Representatives of 10 companies from Aveiro are currently in Mozambique, including from furniture manufacturers, plastic tubing producers, marble and metallurgy. (macauhub)