Mozambique aims to establish special economic zones for agriculture

25 August 2015

Mozambique has identified 24 development poles with potential for the creation of special economic zones (SEZs) for agriculture, with a view to promoting investment and increasing farm production, the minister for Agriculture and Food Safety said.

The 24 development poles are the districts of Manhiça and Moamba in the Maputo corridor, Xai-Xai, Chókwè and Massingir (Limpopo), Nhamatanda, Caia, Báruè, Sussundenga, Mossurize, Macate and Vanduzi (Beira corridor), Namacurra, Mocuba and Angónia (Zambeze Valley), Malema, Ribáuè, Cuamba, Mecanhelas and Mandimba (Nacala), and Balama, Namuno, Montepuez and Nguri/Namacande (Pemba/Lichinga corridor).

Minister José Pacheco told the Maputo daily Notícias that the establishment of special economic zones for agro-business was being coordinated with the Ministry of Economy and Finance and that operators may eventually benefit from some exemptions with respect to taxes.

The agricultural development corridors were determined based on agro-climate conditions, strategic location vis-à-vis markets, existing or planned infrastructures and the need to diversify farm products.

Opportunities in the value chain for products such as potatoes, wheat, beans, maize, soy, rice and others deriving from poultry, cattle and forestry activities have been identified in the six corridors.

The newspaper reports that Mozambique’s experience with SEZs is relatively recent, dating to Government Decree no. 75/2007, which established the Office for Accelerated Economic Development Zones.

Five SEZs have been established to date: Nacala Special Economic Zone in Nampula province, Manga/Mungassa in Sofala, Crusse e Jamali in Nampula, Beluluane Industrial Park in Maputo and Mocuba in Zambézia. (Macauhub/MZ)