Maputo International Fair begins showcasing Mozambique

31 August 2015

The 51st Maputo International Fair (Facim) begins today Monday with nearly 3,000 participants, 680 of them from abroad. The theme is “Promoting the Economic Potential of Mozambique”.

João Macaringue, the head of the Institute for Export Promotion (Ipex – organiser of the fair), said that despite Mozambique’s visibility due to the discovery of natural resources the preferred focus is on development.

Mozambique is this year marking the the 40th anniversary of independence and the start of the presidential term of Filipe Nyusi, who will officially open the fair today.

A total of 2,950 participants from 31 countries had registered by last Friday. For some, like South Korea and Vietnam, it is their first time. The numbers are still below the 3,145 participants counted at the end of the 2014 fair.

Macaringue told Lusa news agency that Facim found it difficult to accept more applications and that Ipex had turned down a late application from India. He said everything indicated that the fair was “growing in every aspect.”

Since Facim moved from downtown Maputo to Marracuene on the capital’s outskirts in 2011 the organisation has focused on increasing participation, “because it was important to show that the new location was viable.” In the future there are likely to be tighter criteria for participants.

Another challenge facing the fair is the time it takes to replace the large tent structures with definitive facilities for the stands and pavilions, following the government’s decision to rethink priorities and not endorse a loan for the new infrastructures, Macaringue said. (Macauhub/MZ)