Mozambican government to use “iron fist” against illegal use of “Made in Mozambique” quality mark

28 July 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 July – Mozambique’s Minister for Industry and Trade, António Fernando said Tuesday in Maputo that the government would use an “iron fist” in dealing with illegal users of the “Made in Mozambique” quality mark, particularly in terms of purchases made by the State.

During a ceremony to grant use of the mark to Hotel Afrin Prestige, the minister said that the number of companies using the “Made in Mozambique” mark without due authorisation was growing, due to the commercial benefits offered to companies that use the mark.

One of the criteria required by the Ministry for Industry and Commerce for use of the mark is the quality of products and services offered by the companies and thus some companies use the seal without authorisation, in order to give a good image to potential customers and benefit from the advantages offered in public tenders.

“We are going to impose greater control so that only companies that are legally a part of the ‘Made In Mozambique’ family that benefit from the advantages of the initiative and we are going to be stricter and more select in its attribution,” the minister said.

The “Made in Mozambique” mark was set up in 2006 and has been granted to 214 companies including Hotel Afrin Prestige, 100 of which are headquartered in Maputo. (macauhub)