Mission of Australian services companies visits Mozambique

8 July 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 July – An Australian mission of 23 companies that provide services to the mining sector travelled to Mozambique seeking business opportunities and partnerships with Mozambican companies, Mozambican news agency AIM reported.

Held at the invitation of Brazilian mining company Vale and Australia’s Riversdale Mining, which this year plan to start mining coal at their concessions in Tete province, the mission coincided with the 2nd International Conference on Coal Exploration held Tuesday and Wednesday.

The head of the mission, Paul O’Hanlon, project manager for trade and investment of the Queensland state government, told AIM that he did not know how much was being invested in the mission but said the figure was not high because of the nature of the 23 companies involved.

“These are companies that provide services, particularly for planning, mining development and staff training,” O’Hanlon said.

O’Hanlon also said that, if the mission was successful, it was likely that some of these companies would be set up in Mozambique over the next 12 to 18 months in order to provide services to Vale and Riversdale Mining. (macauhub)