Mozambican businesspeople due to visit Portugal next week

22 April 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 April – Around 70 Mozambican businesspeople are part of the business mission that, at the end of the month, will accompany Mozambican president, Armando Guebuza on his official visit to Portugal, the president of the employers’ confederation, CTA said Wednesday in Maputo.

Salimo Abdula, of the Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA), also said that Mozambique’s business owners wanted to make use of the “excellent platform of political relations,” for development of partnerships with Portuguese companies and “important deals between the two countries.”

“The main aim is to establish and consolidate economic partnership relations between businesspeople from Mozambique and Portugal,” Abdula noted adding that the delegation would include businesspeople from the energy, construction, real estate, metal-mechanical, banking, industrial and agricultural sectors.

The businesspeople, he said, had great expectations in relation to deals in the technology sector but also some “financial wherewithal,” particularly in the agriculture, tourism, energy and mining sectors.

“These are resources that we have and to which we have access, but then there is a lack of technology and financing,” Abdula said, adding that as the business climate in Europe was very competitive, Portuguese companies also had the opportunity to use Mozambique as a platform o enter the southern Africa region.

Sheial Samuel, coordinator of the CTA, noted that the businesspeople were due to arrive in Portugal on 27 April, on 28 April would meet with Armando Guebuza and on 30 April there would be a meeting of businesspeople from both countries.

In the afternoon of 30 April there will be an economic seminar with businesspeople from Portugal and Mozambique, which will focus on tourism.

Guebuza’s official visit to Portugal is due to take place on 29 and 30 April. (macauhub)