Mozambican government plans to charge companies that apply for “Made in Mozambique” quality mark

23 August 2012

Companies interested in displaying the “Made in Mozambique” quality seal will have to pay a charge of between “zero and 40 times the national minimum salary” as of 2013, a source from the Ministry for Industry and Trade said cited by newspaper Correio da Manhã.

Ernesto Mafumo, director of the Technical Unit for Promotion of National Products at the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that paying a charge “is intended to give the ministry greater financial capacity to support companies and others that have the right to use the seal to promote their products and take part in national and international public tenders.”

Mafumo also said that no charge would be applied to unique innovators of products and services interested in “allying their innovations to the seal.”

Speaking to the newspaper, Mafumo said that, as of 2013, companies applying for the “Made in Mozambique” seal would have to meet new criteria for selection intended to boost the ability of Mozambican companies to promote themselves and compete in the domestic and international markets.

Since the programme was launched in 2006, a total of 244 companies have successfully applied to use the “Made in Mozambique” seal. (macauhub)