Businesspeople argue that human resource development is “fundamental” for Mozambique

20 May 2016

Mozambique needs to develop its human resources, without forgetting the capital needed to implement projects, said Thursday in Beijing the Director-General of Mozambique’s Investment Promotion Centre.

Lourenço Sambo was speaking during a session to present business opportunities in Mozambique, held in Beijing, and was part of a state visit by the President of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi.

On the sidelines of the meeting, private entrepreneurs agreed with Sambo and reiterated that training specialised staff is imperative for project implementation.

Afonso Chan, vice president of Charlestrong Engengharia, Tecnologia e Consultoria, from Macau, recalled that one of the great challenges at this time “is to find bilingual staff – Portuguese and Mandarin – for business development”.

“Through the signing of some protocols with higher education institutions we have managed to get some translators who are currently working with us in Mozambique,” said Chan, noting there is still “a long way to go in this area.”

The director of the Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine Park for Guangdong – Macau Cooperation, Xie Yi, recalled that in healthcare, especially traditional medicine, Mozambique can gain from Macau’s knowledge.

“Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the three most important industries in Macau and with the knowledge of our professionals, Macau can be a bridge (…) in the development of technology, research centres for drug production and industrialisation of medicine,” said Xie Yi.

The businesspeople were part of a delegation organised by the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) that participated in the conference on business opportunities in Mozambique.

Gloria Ung, Executive Director of IPIM, told the businesspeople and government officials at the meeting about “Macau’s availability to deepen its role as a platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.” (macauhub/CN/MO/MZ)