Mozambique will continue to create favourable conditions to welcome and enable investment initiatives in the area of logistics and other sectors of activities, while continuing with reforms to improve the business environment.
This is the assurance given by the deputy minister of Transport and Communications, Amilton Alissone, when addressing potential investors present at the Mozambique-Arab Countries Economic Forum, which ended last Friday, 19 August, in Maputo.
The minister said that Mozambique is a geo-strategic country to provide logistics solutions for the region and for the world. Its ports, combined with a rail and road network, place the country as a logistic node of reference for the main global maritime routes.
It is in recognition of this potential that, according to him, the Government is implementing a vast programme of rehabilitation, expansion and modernisation of transport infrastructures to improve the efficiency and flow of cargo in the country’s development corridors.
As an example, Alissone noted that in the Maputo Corridor new cargo terminals had recently been opened in the Port of Maputo and dredging had been carried out to make it possible to receive large capacity ships, while work was also underway on the main railways, combined with new operational models that made it possible to eliminate rail borders, such as the Ressano Garcia line with South Africa and the Goba line with Essuatíni.
In the Beira Corridor, work continues on rebuilding the Machipanda line, which will improve the flow of goods with neighbouring Zimbabwe, as well as ongoing work on the Mutarara-Vila Nova da Fronteira branch line, which re-establishes the rail link between Mozambique and Malawi, interrupted in the 1980s.
Other large-scale investments are underway in the Northern Corridor, particularly to modernise and expand the Port of Nacala.
According to the deputy minister, with all the investments carried out, there are opportunities for various development initiatives for national business, in partnership with foreign business, to establish mutually advantageous partnerships.