The Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Navy, Henrique Gouveia e Melo said on Tuesday, November 29, in Maputo, that Mozambique’s economic development is linked to maritime navigation, but for this the source advocates investment in cabotage.
“Mozambique’s economic development will thus be, and in my view, intrinsically linked to maritime activities, in this specific case, to ports and railways that are the connection points of maritime transport, as well as cabotage points, which correspond to part of the cargo transport handled in Mozambican ports,” Henrique Gouveia e Melo explained.
Speaking during the 3rd Conference on the Economy of the Sea, Gouveia e Melo also said that maritime shipping could be a catalyst for a new economy.
However, the speaker said that Mozambique’s geographical location and its extensive coastline make the country vulnerable to external invasions and climate change.
“It is necessary, in my opinion once again, to strengthen the effective naval presence on the coast, the monitoring of suspicious coastal movements and the capacity to effectively ensure logistical support. In addition, Mozambique is, historically, the Southern African country most affected by natural disasters, of which droughts, cyclones and floods stand out,” suggested the Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Navy.
In his turn, the former President of the Republic, Joaquim Chissano, warned that natural gas was not the only path for the country’s development, arguing the need to invest in other activities linked to the sea.
“The challenge is to make this tourism industry, which comprises land and sea in our country, wildlife and marine fauna, also part of the priorities and this requires the preservation of ecosystems,” Joaquim Chissano pointed out.