Brazil may train specialists from Mozambique for ethanol production

20 November 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 Nov – Brazil may train Mozambican students in the use of ethanol production technologies, one of the focuses of the Mozambican government, according to the Mozambican Centre for Investment Promotion (CPI).

A Brazilian business mission is currently in Maputo to analyse investment opportunities in the area of biofuels, particularly the production of ethanol from sugar cane in Mozambique, and met Thursday with Mozambican and Swaziland investors.

At the end of the meeting, a CPI source told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the head of the Brazilian business mission had shown interest in Brazil training Mozambican students in the use of ethanol production technologies, as his country was the world leader in turning sugar acne into ethanol for use in the biofuel sector.

In the 1990s Mozambique invested US$16 million in recuperating agricultural fields and industrial units at Marromeu, Mafambisse, centre, Maragra and Xinavane, south and currently produces around 250,000 tonnes of sugar cane per year.

As part fo its cooperation with Mozambique, the Brazilian government has invested in construction of an anti-retroviral medication factory in Maputo, a Forestry Centre in Manhiça, near Maputo, and in Nacala, together with the Japanese government, and is investing in agriculture and providing grants for students to study master’s and doctorate degrees.

All of this makes Mozambique the biggest beneficiary of the Pro-Africa Programme of the Brazilian government linked to scientific research and which has 3 percent of its total projects in Mozambique. (macauhub)