Logistics facilities in Mozambique hold back exports of natural resources

17 June 2013

Exports of natural resources, such as natural gas and coal, from Mozambique are still held back by a lack of supporting logistics, such as port, rail and road facilities, said Mozambique’s Minister for Planning and Development.

During the Mozambique-Vietnam Business Forum, held last Thursday in the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Minister Aiuba Cuereneia said that, as well as building this infrastructure, his government also had the challenge of developing business and sector programme focused on innovation and productivity in the public and private sector.

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, the minister said that it was necessary to ensure better use of information on production and prices in a low inflation scenario, to offset a rise in value of Mozambique’s currency and help to maintain and increase the country’s competitiveness.

“We have to process our natural resources locally with a view to reducing imports and increasing exports, thus contributing to the balance of payments posting a surplus and increasing national wealth, reducing poverty levels in all social classes and turning Mozambique into a middle income country,” he said.

The business forum between the two countries is the result of an agreement between the Mozambican Minister for Planning and Development and his Vietnamese counterpart when the Mozambican minister visited Vietnam in October 2012. (macauhub)