Mozambique hosts conference on public-private partnerships in the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries

3 July 2013

Business opportunities with the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) will be analysed at the organisations “1st Public-Private Economic and Business Meeting,” due to begin on 17 July, in Maputo, the event’s organisers said Tuesday.

The chairman of the Economic Confederation of the CPLP (CE-CPLP), Mozambique’s Carlos Simbine, said that the meeting, entitled “Innovating and Expanding into New Markets,” would promote discussion between public-private companies in these countries, focused on business opportunities that the CPLP offers.

The event, which will be held for three days, includes several debates and a working meeting on public-private partnerships within the CPLP, which will be led by Mozambique’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Odemiro Baloi, and by the executive secretary of the CPLP, Murade Murargy.

Speaking to Macauhub in Maputo, the vice president of the CE-CPLP, Rogério Samo Gudo, said that logistics development was the main issue on Mozambique’s agenda. Mozambique recently approved legislation for public-private partnerships.

“We are talking about development of both ports and railways and air transport, as we believe this is the time for the CPLP to make the most of these opportunities,” he said referring to the countries “with capacity to invest.”

The CE-CPLP, which was founded in 2004, brings together business associations representing CPLP member countries – Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and Timor Leste (East Timor). (macauhub)