Mozambican president begins visit to UK accompanied by over 30 businesspeople

7 May 2012

Mozambique’s President Armando Guebuza Monday began a visit to the United Kingdom in the company of 37 businesspeople looking to set up partnerships and explore business opportunities with their British counterparts.

The visit by Guebuza to the UK comes some six months after the British minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, visited Maputo and showed interest in the two countries boosting their relationship in several areas.

At the time the British minister noted his interest in seeing more British companies investing in Mozambique, not only in the mining and oil and gas industries, but also in agriculture, infrastructure, and renewable energy.

When he visited Mozambique Bellingham met with British agricultural sector investors in Chokwé, Gaza province.

The United Kingdom is one of the biggest donors to Mozambique and provides over GBP80 million per year (US$120 million) in funding.

The business network of the British High Commission in Mozambique has over 100 companies, including BP, BHP Billiton (Mozal), Rio Tinto (Riversdale), Vodafone, G4S, British American Tobacco, Anglo-American, KPMG, Mozfoods, and Illovo Sugar. (macauhub)