Mozambican government to fund packaging industry

3 May 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 3 May – Mozambique’s government plans to revive the packaging industry and is providing incentives that include making it easier to import equipment and raw materials, the Minister for Industry and Commerce said Thursday in Maputo.

António Fernando said that growth of the Mozambican economy was giving the packaging industry challenges, and that it would need to modernise in order to meet the demand of micro, small and medium-sized companies.

The minister was speaking at the inaugural session of an international conference on business opportunities in the packaging sector in Mozambique, where there are currently 33 companies operating, 27 of which are operating with plastic, four with cardboard and two with metal.

However, the country is facing a lack of suppliers of bottles and other glass items, which are much sought after, particularly by drinks companies, with larger companies having to produce their own materials.

However, smaller companies are unable to produce the packaging materials they need and are often forced to import them. The situation is even more serious in more remote areas of the country where small rural producers do not have access to any kind of packaging.

Fernando said that the packaging industry was a national priority, particularly at a time when the government was focused on promoting production, domestic consumption and export of national products. (macauhub)