Monday, October 9, 2017

Value to primary sector

Imagem relacionadaThe Mozambique Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA) yesterday backed adding value to primary agricultural products as one potential response to the country’s slide to penultimate place in a global competitiveness index.“One of the factors contributing to the economy’s competitiveness which is being neglected is the fact that Mozambique has grown on the basis of raw material exports,” the country’s main employers’ association said in a statement distributed yesterday.“In this regard, we strongly support the policy announced by the government, reducing Mozambique’s economic dependence by adding value to primary products,” it added.According to the CTA, sectors linked to primary production are “very demanding in terms of concerted policies, both in terms of infrastructure, as well as access to financial products and services, and education and workforce training”.This being the case, the confederation suggests that business clusters be established close to the country’s development corridors, in areas with “a little of everything in terms of comparative advantages: water, fertile land and easy access to the sea”.Mozambique has fallen three places in the latest edition of the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness ranking, released on Wednesday. From ranking 13th among 138 countries in the 2016-17 index, it has fallen to 136th in a universe of 137.

Nozzle!!! Relegious Extremism?

Imagem relacionadaThe Mozambican police have re-established control over the town of Mocimboa da Praia, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, where attacks by Islamic extremists occurred on Thursday, reports the independent television station STV.Life in the town is beginning to return to normal, and people who had hidden from the attackers in the nearby bush are returning to their homes. The police, who are still scouring the area for surviving members of the attacking group, have imposed a night curfew, and are inspecting all vehicles entering the town.Long distance bus traffic has resumed, but the police now insist that all passengers must pass through the police station and all bags must be checked.Mocimboa da Praia residents, including local moslem leaders, told STV they had been aware of the existence of the extremist group since 2014, and had warned the authorities repeatedly about them. They confirmed that the group used the same name as the Somali terrorist group, Al-Shabaab.STV’s sources said the members of the group are Mozambicans, mostly from Mocimboa da Praia, but with some from other districts in the north of Cabo Delgado, including Macomia, Palma and Nangade.STV was shown two makeshift mosques used by the group, one in what seemed to be an abandoned, half-finished building, and the other in a flimsy wooden shelter. The group had its own koranic school, and ordered its members not to send their children to Mozambican state schools.
Resultado de imagem para mocimboa da praia airportThe group wanted to impose “islamic law”, and wanted to demolish the statues in Mocimboa da Praia that honour the country’s heroes, including the founder of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), Eduardo Mondlane, and Mozambique’s first President, Samora Machel. They also wanted no Christian churches in the town.The moslem leaders had no hesitation in describing the group’s actions as “terror”. National moslem leaders also distanced themselves from the raiders. Sheikh Amin Mohamed, head of the Mozambique Islamic Council (CISLAMO), told STV “Islam has nothing to do with this”, and demanded stern punishment for the Mocimboa da Praia attackers. According to the police, the death toll from the Thursday clashes stands at 16 – two policemen and 14 members of the “Al-Shabaab” group. The number of guns recovered from the raiders is now five.The latest gun seized came from a wounded “Al-Shabaab” fighter who had taken refuge in a tree. He claimed he had been promised 2,500 meticais (about 40 US dollars) for taking part in the attack.Cited by Radio Mozambique, this man claimed he was not a member of the organization. “I was sitting down when these people with guns came past and invited me to go with them to Mocimboa da Prais”, he said. “I accepted because I too wanted to go to Mocimboa. But when we advanced, they gave me this gun”.

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In an earlier explanation of the Pinnacle news, we clarify how it works and it is summarized that the Islamic beliefs which, from Muslim believers profess, do not agree with idols and symbols of the state. As an example, the national flag, the swastikas, the National heroes and even others belonging to other religious beliefs. For this, these instructions are given to everyone including their descendants. Therefore, these explanations are easy to repudiate, as long as schools are not abandoned or any kind of social conflict is resolved, in ways which the Mozambican Government believes.
Imagem relacionadaOn the one hand, this religious belief has no support from outside, as one might think. The Pinnacle News searched but found no link. Now, purchases of arms in black markets and, above all, unregistered arms were acquired with dirty money and in exchange for ivory, for example, and that various quantities of them entered Tanzania. In fact, the idea was for the buyers, to give more weapons so that the slaughters were in great quantity. And the rules have become so sophisticated.
HOW LONG IS THE AL-SHABAABS IN CABO DELGADO
Al-Shabaabs have existed in Mozambique for over three years. One can believe that the origin was in Macomia and in the town of Quiterajo where two brothers and successful in the businesses of grocery, sale and purchase of fish and denominated Abacar and Abdala, obtained their first 8 to be first 10 members. (See the photo of the place where the Al-Shabaabs' headquarters ever worked).
Al-Shaabe_QuiterajoAs you can see, in a Pacato district, far from SISE as well as any suspicion of being noticed.
In fact, this house belonged to the first wife of Bacar, who was caught in the rescue raids of some Al-Shabaab members yesterday (09 October), by the Police. The same, used shortcuts where the ANADARKO intends to make asphalt road for from Palma to Pemba City. The Police, had information on his absence and ambushed him, having this and other members, been neutralized, in a dense forest.
HOW AND WHERE DO THEY SUSPECT HAVE ENTERED THE NEW WEAPONS THAT THEY USED FOR THE FIRST ATTACK?
Tanzania is evident. Via Tanzania and even the true instructors. And these brothers went two or three times a year, using permits, to enter and leave Tanzania. The weapons were placed in sacks of grain and without passengers. No police were late to search them when they passed. "A family member of the divorced wife of Bacar has been confined to us, now imprisoned in Mocímboa. Two open box and Canter brand cars were used for many of the actions summarized in the Mocímboa collision. One is in the hands of the police of the same district and the other, the drift and with one of the brothers member and believer of the case in question.
WHERE WOULD YOU TRAIN TO PERFECT?
The woods of Macomia are vast and first, they were considered as Islamic poachers. The guns were seen by the local population and the fruit of the hunts, they could do much more. There are so many wild animals and giants that were slaughtered in Macomia by these "Muslims" in training. Popular parties (Mucojo, Quiterajo, Pangane) did not have the idea that they were military drills.
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HOW AND WHY MOCIMBOA OF THE BEACH
Among the possible answers, 95% of Mocímboa da Praia's Municipalities are Muslims. Data from the new general population census can confirm this. In addition, they speak the same language and it was intended that in the language Kimwani, Maconde, Macua or Kiswahil, the message on the implantation of the religious ceita that retains principles of Al-Shabaabs, would be easy and in a short time. It was tried by democratic means and convinced each of the Muslims and Conservatives of the Qur'an but it was time to press for arms.
WHERE WAS THE EYE OF THE CONFLICTS IN MOCIMBOA BEACH
It was in the most populous and historic neighborhood of that Municipality. This is the Nandwadwa neighborhood where there is the barracks, the iconic mosque they built and in the terminal phase, the spaces reserved for the barracks to function in classrooms, the largest market in Mocímboa, a large part of the state's infrastructure, mainly .
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Imagem relacionadaThe police managed to unfold and control the situation. In the spaces where they met and received food, concretely in Mocímboa and Macomia, are momentarily closed and depopulated.Today, for example (October 8), a police contingent that was in two cars, patrolled in Messalo's paddy field, and Macomia, had information that part of insurgents from Mocímboa would enter Macomia. In fact, from Mucojo to Mocímboa da Praia, by sea, there are four (4) miles, which is to say, less than six kilometers. And it was the same way that the rifles came into that district and into the muted.
TO THE CAPTURED, HOW TO JUDGE THEM TO GET GAINS?
If there were conditions, the Pinnacle news proposes a pre-religious judgment. That is, with a judge who communicates fluently in the Arabic language, use the coping on the day of judgment, take the time to work on the minds, let them believe that there is hope. If there is no qualified Judge such as the Pinnacle News proposes, there should be elected judges molded ...
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF MOCIMBOA RESIDENTS OF THE BEACH
Imagem relacionadaIn this same publication of the Pinnacle News, we offer a tassel, a faithful publication about who they were or who they are, what they want and with whom, how they enliven them, where they have already operated in Cabo delgado and premeditated what they are still capable of doing.Neither is the Government able to know, how many rifles were hidden in the woods, when they were on the run.
It is believed that the Government will be attentive to this cause, henceforth. To this end, SISE and other traditional influences will work or will be activated, for Mozambican patriotic integrity. Note that in the coastal zone of the Province of Cabo Delgado, and especially in conflict zones, by conflicts, no one wants to leave a big beard or use "malia" or "hijab", reasons to believe that some lesson has entered and will take time ... !

Good parts of the members of the Al-Shabaabs are young teenagers, "believers", rational and capable ...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Banana plantation with $1.5m

Today, AgDevCo announced its investment into Citrum SA to develop an export-focused banana operation owned and managed by a local team.AgDevCo is teaming up with Nika, a group of experienced Mozambican investors, to rehabilitate a banana plantation with the intention of increasing the hectarage and yields. Production will be sold in the local market as well as exported to South Africa. The farms are currently producing various citrus fruits, and the banana plantation will be rehabilitated to become the main focus of Citrum. 
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In all, over 140 workers will be employed by the farm, and the company is committed to promote real gender equality at work with key positions being occupied by women, including that of General Manager.The funding from AgDevCo will finance capital expenditures, including irrigation, and operational costs related to the development plan. This investment will go a long way towards building one of the only Mozambican-run banana farms in the country. Nika have plans to create further agribusinesses and to foster local investments in the sector.
Carmen Ramos, Citrum General Manager, said “I am very proud of working with this strong and experienced group of investors and with Citrum which has a long and known history in Mozambique. The farms have a good potential for agriculture and its fruits enjoy good market access and customer success in Maputo. I hope to contribute positively to this ambitious project, and so do the workers at Citrum who are also very enthusiastic.”
Resultado de imagem para Arnaldo Ribeiro maputoArnaldo Ribeiro, Nika Director, said “I believe in the success of this investment because there is a growing market close to us, an experienced team managing the business and the two farms have very good growing conditions for bananas. Moreover, the Mozambican investors grouped in Nika and AgDevCo all have a sound experience in managing agribusinesses in Mozambique.”
Rui Sant’ana Afonso, AgDevCo Mozambique Country Director commented, “The Nika team has a successful track record and is dedicated to making this investment succeed. We are very excited to support and develop Citrum. We believe that it will become a flagship project and encourage more local investors into the commercial agriculture sector.”The UK Government, through DFID, provides funding to AgDevCo, for investment in agricultural SMEs and new agribusiness ventures in Africa. This will benefit hundreds of thousands of people across the continent, including Zambia, with jobs and better incomes, linking farmers to markets and helping to increase food security.
About AgDevCo

AgDevCo is a social impact investor and agribusiness project developer, incorporated as a not-for-profit distribution company in the United Kingdom. With support from UKAid, AgDevCo invests patient capital in the form of debt and equity into early-stage agribusinesses. AgDevCo’s mission is to reduce poverty and improve food security, and it has invested over USD 100 million in 58 agribusinesses in sub-Saharan Africa to date, connecting more than 240,000 farmers to markets and generating 7,675 jobs.

POLICE ADMIT FOUR DEATHS IN MANDIMBA

The Mozambican police on Tuesday admitted that four people died on Monday morning, when police opened fire on rioters in the town of Mandimba, in the northern province of Niassa.
Resultado de imagem para Mandimba Niassa mapaImagem relacionadaAccording to the spokesperson for the General Command of the police, Inacio Dina, speaking at his weekly press briefing in Maputo, the police did not intend to kill the rioters, but were obliged to open fire to prevent them from attacking the district police command and seizing the firearms stored there. 
His statements contradict those of the Niassa Provincial Police command, which initially claimed that no-one had died.In addition to the deaths, seven of the demonstrators were injured, four of them seriously. The angry crowd set fire to the house of the district police commander, and in the clashes two police cars, seven motor-cycles and 12 bicycles were destroyed.
Dina said the police were faced with a crowd armed with stones, knives and similar weapons. He described the shots that killed the four demonstrators as “stray bullets”.

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The demonstration was “illegal”, Dina added. The crowd had marched to the district police command to demand an explanation for the murder, the previous day, of a man who made his living out of informal currency trading. His family claimed that the police were involved in the murder.Dina claimed that the police are already working to solve this murder. He said there had been lengthy attempts to persuade the crowd not to embark on violent action, but to no avail. He called on citizens to respect the police authorities and the other bodies of the administration of justice, since “it is these bodies who guarantee the day-to-day safety of the public”.Dina announced that two senior officers from the General Command have gone to Mandimba to analyse the circumstances of the riot. He added that the situation in the town has now returned to normal.

MAYOR OF NAMPULA ASSASSINATED

Imagem relacionadaAn unknown assailant assassinated the Mayor of the northern Mozambican city of Nampula, Mahamudo Amurane, on Wednesday night.The spokesperson for the Nampula Provincial Police Command, Zacarias Nacute, confirmed the shooting and  that Amurane had been shot three times in the abdomen. The murder occurred outside the Mayor’s home, in the Nampula neighbourhood of Namutequeliua.
“Yes, we confirm it”, said Nacute. “The Mayor was shot in front of his house, and the police are working to neutralise the criminals and bring them to justice”. Relatives and supporters rushed the fatally injured Amurane to Nampula Central Hospital, but the clinical director of the hspital, Bainabo Sahal, told reporters the mayor was dead on arrival.Eye-witnesses to the shooting told the Maputo daily paper “Noticias” they had seen a tall man outside a bar adjacent to Amurane’s house. He did not join the crowd drinking on the pavement, celebrating the public holiday (4 October is marked as the “day of peace and national econciliation”, since it is the anniversary of the peace agreement signed between the Mozambican goverment and the Renamo rebels in Rome in 1992).The eye-witnesses say this unidentified man, when Amurane came onto the patio of his house, shot the mayor three times at point-blank range, before walking away towards a nearby cemetery.
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Earlier in the day, Amurane chaired the official ceremonies marking the Day of Peace in Nampula’s Square to the Mozambican Heroes. He deposited a symbolic wreath at the Square, and made a speech calling for definitive peace in the country.Amurane was elected Mayor in the 2013 municipal electons, on the ticket of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM). However, he subsequently fell out with the MDM and bitterly criticised MDM leader Daviz Simango, the mayor of Beira.
Imagem relacionadaAmurane’s relationship with his party became critical in February, when 11 staff of Nampula Municipal Council, including the Councillor for Finance, were accused of corruption. Amurane played a leading role in uncovering this municipal corruption and cooperating with the prosecutors.Several of the detained staff were said to be MDM members. Their relatives demanded their release, and accused Amurane of using municipal funds to buy a house in Portugal for his children (who are studying there). Amurane said he could prove he paid for the house out of his own pocket, and claimed that MDM members in Nampula were slandering him precisely because he would not tolerate acts of corruption.He told reporters the MDM wanted to silence him, and accused Simango himself of leading the campaign against him. He demanded an apology from Simango, which was not forthcoming.
Resultado de imagem para amuraneAlthough he does not seem to have submitted a formal resignation from the MDM, Amurane stopped attending meetings of its Political Commission, of which he was a member. He also announced that he intended to run for a second term of office in the 2018 municipal elections – but not for the MDM. He said he would run for another, unnamed party. Since neither the ruling Frelimo Party, nor Renamo, are likely to accept him, there was speculation that Amurane intended to set up his own party.   Amurane’s sister, Adelaide, is a member of the central government, as a Minister in the office of President Filipe Nyusi.


Monday, October 2, 2017

INDIA WILL STILL IMPORT MOZAMBICAN

Resultado de imagem para india mozambiqueThe Indian High Commissioner to Mozambique, Rudra Guarav, has pledged that India will continue to import pigeon peas from Mozambican farmers under the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries last year, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mozambique. But in August the Indian authorities appeared to renege on this memorandum, when they imposed quotas on pigeon pea imports, moving this crop from the “free” to the “restricted” category of imports. The new rules state that only 200,000 tonnes of pigeon peas (known in India as dal) can be imported in any one fiscal year. In the 2016/2017 fiscal year, which ended on 31 March, India imported 703,540 tonnes of pigeon peas, from many countries.Farmers in the northern province of Cabo Delgado who spoke to reporters blamed the Indian ban for the collapse in the producer price of pigeon peas. Before the ban, the price paid to farmers was 60 meticais (about one US dollar), a kilo, but the price has now fallen to 15 or even 10 meticais a kilo.
Resultado de imagem para india mozambiqueHowever, Guarav assured reporters that “Mozambican can remain calm. We are even willing to help this country diversify its production of beans, transmitting our experience with five types which would later be sold on the Indian market”.Cited by the Zitamar news agency, Guarav said he had been telling exporters that the Indian market is still open to their pigeon peas. “What the Mozambican exporters need to do is contact their buyers, the importers on the Indian side, and send the certificate of origin, clearly stating that the shipment is coming from Mozambique”, he said. “They can then use this to get permission from the director general of foreign trade, which has an office in every port, and they will give the importer an exemption certificate so that they can clear the shipment”.He said that this will only apply until an initial quota of 125,000 tonnes of pigeon peas is reached. So far this year about 32,000 tonnes have been imported from Mozambique, but Guarav expected the remaining 90,000 tonnes of the quota to be met within the next few weeks.
But total Mozambican production may well be greatly in excess of the quota, which will leave farmers with large amounts of unsold pigeon peas at risk of going rotten.As for the low producer prices, Guarav blamed unscrupulous traders. “The problem here is that the farmers are largely unaware of this whole dynamic”, he said, “because they sell directly to the traders. The price s largely fixed by the traders and so a certain amount of panic is probably being created deliberately by the traders so as to bring the price down further”.

Cautious steps toward peace and elections

President Filipe Nyusi is playing a multi-level chess game with his own party and military as well as with the Renamo opposition, with initial moves being made at the Frelimo Congress this week and in the days before. Some in Frelimo worry that the party structures have become corrupt and complacent, and that there is a danger that Frelimo could do badly in municipal elections in October 2018 and national elections in October 2019. With endemic corruption, the $2 billion debt scandal, and a lack of poverty reduction in rural areas, could there be a Trump/Brexit-like backlash against the establishment party, Frelimo?
In a speech to the Congress on Wednesday Nyusi noted that in the 2014 presidential election Frelimo won only 2.8 million votes (58%) when they party claimed it had 4.2 million members. He also noted that the number of Frelimo parliamentary deputies fell from 191 elected in 2009 to 144 in 2014. (AIM En 27 Sep). On Tuesday Nyusi told the Congress that “zero tolerance towards corruption must begin in our own ranks. … It should be the norm from the top to the grass roots. Nobody should abuse their position. This Congress should be proof that such abuses - bribery, extortion, and all other violations - must not go unpunished”. Nyusi declared “under the rule of law, leaders must first serve the people and the country. If we were able to overcome colonial rule, we have to be able to win the battle against corruption … We don’t want to be part of a society where the rich suffocate the poor”. (Aim En 26 Sep)
Integrating Renamo into the military
There seems broad agreement that there will be elected provincial governors and that a constitutional amendment could go to parliament this year. The other part of Renamo head Afonso Dhlakama's demands is more difficult - integration of Renamo into sufficiently senior posts in the military, police, and SISE to prevent future assassination attempts against Dhlakama.Speaking at a ceremony in the General Staff headquarters in Maputo Sunday, Nyusi talked about the peace talks with Renamo, which "have achieved encouraging results." He continued: "In this process there will be a need to take some measures that should have the Armed Forces as the main actors. This is how the need for your self-discipline, insight, agility and adaptability is emphasized, … even if tactical goals are sometimes sacrificed to achieve strategic goals." And he said that "in peace we can prepare the Armed Forces for new missions" and stressed "the ability to adapt to historical moments must always be present and well rooted in all levels of the Armed Forces."It was a clear message to the military that a peace deal with Renamo and integration of Renamo forces is expected and will mean radical changes.

Comments: 
Corruption: 
Although there have been many anti-corruption statements, this is the first one from Nyusi explicitly pointing to corruption at the top. He clearly feels the need to at least admit high level corruption, but will it be only rhetoric? The test will be if he moves against three protected people highlighted by Kroll: Antonio Carlos do Rosario, the senior official of the security services (Servico de Informacoes e Seguranca do Estado, SISE) and CEO of the three companies, ProIndicus, MAM and Ematum; Deputy Finance Minister Maria Isaltina de Sales Lucas who, despite being highlighted in the Kroll report, remains the main finance ministry link with the World Bank and IMF; and former finance minister Manuel Chang. jh
Weak military? After the 1992 peace accord, then President Joaquim Chissano and Frelimo followed a policy of keeping a weak military, in part to ensure no threat of a military coup. Since 2000 the military has gained in strength and political power. But, as Nyusi suggests, Renamo is the only enemy. A peace accord means there is little role for the army. Is his statement suggesting a return to the era of a weak peace-time army? Creating an integrated army command modelled on the mixed-party National Elections Commission would indeed create a weak army in which there could be no rapid decision making and thus it would not be a threat. Although senior Frelimo people could accept a non-party weak army, there are more problems with the riot police (UIR) which has actually been fighting the war against Renamo and the security services. Dhlakama clearly wants those neutralised as well. Can Frelimo accept that?  jh
Peace for debt? There is a hard core in Frelimo that still wants the Savimbi solution - simply killing Dhlakama - and thus he is right to want strong assurances of his security. There is a larger group that recognises that Dhlakama has become a good campaigner and therefore would like to keep him in the bush and prevent him from campaigning in municipal elections in October 2018, and want to do that by spinning out the peace talks so Dhlakama remains in the bush in Gorongosa and not on the campaign trail. On the other hand, it appears that Nyusi wants a peace deal in the next six months, as Dhlakama has demanded. Nothing explicit has been said so far at the Congress about the $2 billion secret debt, and the government is under pressure from the IMF to say where the money went, and from some donors to name the guilty people. A new Political Commission will be elected at the Congress, with more Nyusi allies and fewer members linked to former president Armando Guebuza. And it will be negotiations within the new Political Commission that will set the terms on both the debt and any peace deal. Some of the hard liners against peace are also linked to the debt. Is there a possible informal deal, in which Dhlakama is given a weak army and some people inside the UIR and SISE, in exchange for nothing more being said in public about the $2 bn? ( J.Hanlon)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Corruption stronger than colonialism?

Nyusi inaugura XI Congresso com mensagem democráticaMozambican President Filipe Nyusi, speaking in his capacity as President of the ruling Frelimo Party, declared on Tuesday that the fight against corruption is the most vital and urgent challenge facing the country.Addressing the opening session of the 11th Congress of Frelimo, in the southern city of Matola, Nyusi declared “under the rule of law, leaders must first serve the people and the country. If we were able to overcome colonial rule, we have to be able to win the battle against corruption. And if we were able to silence the guns (a reference to the 1992 peace agreement that ended the war of destabilization), we also have to be able to fight against organized crime, and to build a country made by and for all Mozambicans”.
“Zero tolerance towards corruption must begin in our own ranks”, he told the 2,249 Congress delegates present. “It should be the norm from the top to the grass roots. Nobody should abuse their position. This Congress should be proof that such abuses – bribery, extortion, and all other violations – must not go unpunished”.
Nyusi also spoke up for social justice. “We don’t want to be part of a society where the rich suffocate the poor”, he said.
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The wealth of the country’s natural resources should unite all Mozambicans, he urged. The riches in the country’s soil and sub-soil “should be a blessing, not a curse”, he said, insisting that debates at the Congress should feed a long term vision about this matter.Nyusi did not want the country to stagger from one ad-hoc solution to the next. “We do not intend to govern just through campaigns and projects”, he said. “We need strategic solutions and a culture of looking ahead”.
“Governance should not be limited to solving problems”, he added. “Governance should mean that problems don’t happen”.
Nyusi warned against intolerance. “Diversity of opinion is not a sign of weakness, but of tolerance”, he stressed. “The debate of ideas, however different they may be, must continue to be promoted, in the awareness that we are living in a more open society”.
Living in a multi-party democracy means competing for power, he said, “and for this, we do not need to act against adversaries, but to build, with paths and solutions, a prosperous Mozambique, showing the people that we are the best solution to their longings”.
Resultado de imagem para nyuse 11 congresso frelimoThe country is now on the path to economic independence, Nyusi argued. “We want to build a diverse and diversified economy to guarantee lasting wealth, and a more self-sufficient country”.
“Let us work to attract investment, and to place agriculture to the forefront, and with public services that do not encourage exchanges of favours and games of influence”, he declared. “We want access to energy and to technologies for citizens. We want circulation of goods and people, but above all, of ideas, giving young people the tools so that they can become the patriots and citizens of their time”.
He expressed forthright support for decentralization, pointing out that Frelimo had once been a pioneer in decentralizing power.The backdrop to this part of his speech, although not specifically mentioned by Nyusi, is the demand by Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the Renamo rebels, for the direct election of provincial governors. This has been one of the themes of the negotiations over the phone between Nyusi and Dhlakama, and a working group between the government and Renamo is drawing up draft legislation and a constitutional amendment on the matter.Nyusi said he wanted the experience of participatory management to be enriched, “without conflict between decentralization and the preservation of the greatest gain of Mozambicans, national unity.“We should be prepared to make changes”, he urged, “and continue to play a leading role n decentralizing the country”.

Northern Mozambique logistics alliance

Subtech Mozambique, Alpha Logistics and LBH Mozambique have recently signed an MoU to enhance their suite of services in Mozambique to be able to offer a holistic logistics and services solution starting specifically with activities in and around the small but strategically located port of Mocimboa da Praia.
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All three of the companies in the Mocimboa Alliance have a long history in Mozambique operations and have been involved in or had some input in almost every capital infrastructure related project in Mozambique.The Mocimboa Alliance will culminate in a specially focused joint venture company within months but is already capable of combining their individual offerings to be able to service all marine or logistics based requirements. The joined capabilities of the companies make a powerful, robust and dynamic logistics solution ideally suited for the environment and infrastructural development ahead in Northern Mozambique.The MoU conjoins the strengths and abilities of the Mocimboa Alliance covering diving, materials handling, clearing and forwarding, ships agency, waste management and environmental services.LBH Mozambique MD, Athol Emerton stated “LBH has been active along with Subtech and Alpha on the Mozambique coast for decades. It just makes good sense to combine our capabilities in the strategic port of Mocimboa da Praia, literally the closest port to the oil and gas development at Palma. We have no doubt that bigger and more efficient facilities will be built with better draft solutions but right now it is the most convenient logistics hub. Furthermore, the customers don’t have to re-invent the wheel, I am confident that between the three Alliance partners we can create a rapid logistics solution for materials in and out of Northern Mozambique”
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Arif Kurji, Director of Alpha Group, based in Mombasa has also stressed that the plateau of Northern Mozambique poses a unique set of challenges due to the extended length of its continental shelf. This is one of the reasons that Alpha Logistics has, over the last three years, invested in a set of specialised multi-purpose units to suit shallow draft conditions. The investment includes multi-purpose specialised landing crafts, barges, shallow vessels, and jack-up’s suited for the Afungi area.
The synergy between Subtech, LBH and Alpha Logistics perfectly complement one another to comprehensively cover a wide array of services. More importantly, the three companies all have a vast amount of local knowledge and experience, having all been based in the region for the last 30 years.

Neil Scott Williams, Managing Director of Subtech Inshore, sees enormous synergy and practical solutions based on sound local knowledge “Subtech has been established in Mozambique for 15 years and has developed a world class maritime services offering in-country through local investment and skills development. Offering a logistical solution, based on the combined capability and in-country presence, skills and facilities of Subtech, Alpha and LBH, will produce innovative and client-centred solutions to logistical challenges in the region”.

277,000 Carats

Highly successful production ramp-up puts Mustang on track to offer more than 300,000cts at its maiden tender next month compared with initial target of 200,000cts. Mustang Resources (ASX:MUS) (OTCMKTS:GGPLF) is pleased to announce that its ruby inventory has soared to 277,852 carats.The outstanding result means Mustang’s inventory is set to comfortably exceed 300,000 carats by the time of its maiden tender, which will be held over four days from Friday 27 October to Monday 30 October in Port Louis, Mauritius.This compares with Mustang’s initial goal of accumulating a 200,000-carat inventory in time for the auction.The substantial growth in the inventory stems from record production rates at Mustang’s Montepuez Ruby Project in Mozambique and strong results from the Company’s artisanal miner development program (AMDP) following the implementation of “bushman jigs” and sorting tables.Mustang Managing Director Christiaan Jordaan said the rising production rates and inventory coincided with very strong interest in the tender from ruby customers around the world.
“The planets are aligning perfectly for our maiden tender,” Mr. Jordaan said. “We have exceeded our most optimistic inventory targets and all the feedback we are getting points to strong demand for rubies among global customers.

Resultado de imagem para Mustang Resources“Our tender inventory will be significantly higher than we had expected, opening the door to increased sales and revenue for the Company.“The increased inventory will also help attract leading ruby buyers from around the world, who are looking for critical mass as they seek to meet the strong demand for these stones.”Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Mustang Resources Limited is an emerging gemstone developer and producer focused on the near-term development of the highly prospective Montepuez Ruby Project in northern Mozambique.The Montepuez Ruby Project consists of four licences covering 19,500 hectares adjacent to the world’s largest ruby deposit discovered by Gemfields PLC in 2012. Since supply of rubies from sources outside Mozambique has become fractured and unreliable, Mustang stands to capitalise on the current demand around the world for ethically produced rubies by becoming a reliable, consistent supplier of high-quality rubies.The Company is fast-tracking its work program on the Montepuez Ruby Project with high priority targets being identified and low-cost bulk sampling well underway. First rough ruby sales are scheduled for October 2017 under a closed bid tender of an estimated 200,000 cts gem quality rubies.

Growing 5% a year through to 2021

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) believes that Mozambique will continue to be a two-speed country and that the government is not committed to investment-friendly policies despite the need to win back investors.In an analysis of the government’s efforts, experts from the economic analysis unit of The Economist magazine write that “after a tumultuous year the government is eager to convince foreign investors that Mozambique is open to business”.However, they added in the analysis that Lusa has access to, “it did not accompany the recently launched charm offensive with substantive efforts to improve the business environment.”
Resultado de imagem para mozambique economy 2017The Economist analysts cite the recent travels of the country’s president, who in the past six months has been to Europe, the United States and Asia, returning with promises of investment from major oil companies such as Eni or Shell.

The problem, they point out, is that “these investments are almost exclusively focused on the growing gas sector”, and would take place regardless of the country’s internal problems because “the profit margins in these operations, which are the cheapest in the world, are too appealing for investors to turn their backs on”.Economic growth based entirely on foreign direct investment focused on export-oriented projects “will hardly lead to comprehensive growth in a low-income country with high poverty rates and a rapidly growing labour market”.The analysts acknowledge that the government knows that the economy needs to be diversified and hopes to attract investment in tourism, agriculture and manufacturing to protect the economy from raw material price volatility and create jobs, but, they warn, “investment opportunities in these non-energy sectors are less attractive” and with slower and lower rates of return.That is why, they say, “Mozambique’s economy will continue to be a story with two parts, with relatively rapid growth in the extractive sectors but a much slower performance in others, which will cause the expected growth rate to remain at five percent per year until 2021, while a significant improvement in living standards remains unlikely”.

EUR 20 million Conservation Tourism investment

The Mozambican Council of Ministers has authorised a joint South African-American tourist investment estimated to be worth EUR 20 million.“The resolution provisionally authorises Nuanetsi’s request for the acquisition of Land Use Title (DUAT) covering an area of 17,900 hectares,” Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ana Comoana announced yesterday.The area in Mapulanguene, Magude district, Maputo province, will become a Conservation Tourism project, and the initiative includes the construction of a lodge and ten tourist villages as well as social infrastructure including access roads and a school.Minister Comoana said the project would create employment for around 110 Mozambicans.
mapulanguene Yesterday’s cabinet meeting also approved the Transfer Pricing Regime to be applied in commercial transactions “involving related entities” or occurring “between sectors or parts of the same entity”.The adoption of this scheme aims to “establish parity in the tax treatment between companies integrated in groups and independent companies”, as well as neutralising “tax evasion practices” and ensuring “the proper protection of the internal tax base, to safeguard tax revenues”.The Council of Ministers also approved the National Broadband Strategy, aimed at “encouraging the development of infrastructure” and rolling out “information and communication technologies at the national level through the implementation of access networks, regardless of support technologies”.

‘Bibimoney’

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The new Bibimoney platform launched in Maputo yesterday will facilitate international money transfers between different telephone operators.The initiative comes at a time when Mozambican phone users are able to conduct transactions with customers of compatible phone operators only. The new platform aims to make transactions possible regardless of the operator.The project will cover all districts in the country, leading academic Celina Come to remark that that there is a need to look at technology coverage country-wide, if one wishes to talk about FinTech (financial technologies).“Experience shows that Mozambique can advance in the use of mobile accounts,” Come says. “We only have to remember that almost half the Mozambican population has access to mobile phones to sense that a large part of them will be using mobile banking services.”Operator representatives, economists, insurance companies and others took part in the launch ceremony. African countries including Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria are already on the platform.

Is one of the world’s 30 New Promises

Resultado de imagem para Panaibra Gabriel CandaRenowned Mozambican choreographer and dancer Panaibra Gabriel Canda was recently distinguished by the prestigious German magazine TANZ (Dance, Ballet and Performances),  in a “New Promises for the Future of Dance 2017” list of 30 international artists.Forty-one-year-old Panaibra Gabriel Canda was born in Maputo, and has enjoyed a 22-year career in music, theatre and dance since completing his training in contemporary dance with the Festival Danças na Cidade in Lisbon.In 1998, he founded CulturArte, an institution that provides support for artistic development and has developed artistic projects including creations, performances and training programmes for dance projects and local artists.
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The TANZ shortlist is the result of extensive research among 42 international dance critics as well as thousands of the magazine’s readers.Speaking to KINANI, Canda said: “I feel happy and honoured to receive this distinction, which shows real growth, another place that Mozambique conquers in the world of contemporary dance. I hope it will increase my motivation and that of other national creators to continue to write well and in capital letters the contemporary history of our beautiful Mozambique.”
Resultado de imagem para Panaibra Gabriel CandaAmong the 30 artists, dance companies and institutions named, another highlight is the Portuguese choreographer and dancer Marlena Marlene Monteiro Freitas (of Cape Verde origin), who was present at the 2016 International Week of Contemporary Art – Tridisciplinar.Among the 30 Artists, New Promises for the Future of Dance, according to TANZ magazine are: Spanish Juanjo Arqués, Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam; The Canadian Daina Ashbee; The Frenchman Etienne Béchard; The German (born in Romania) Adolphe Binder, new director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, founded by Pina Bausch; The Mozambican Panaibra Gabriel Canda; The duo of choreographers based in Lyon (France) François Chaignaud, Cecilia Bengolea; Scottish Reece Clarke of the Royal Ballet of London; The new building of the John Cranko School of Ballet in Stuttgart, the Burger Rudacs studio in Munich; The Italian Gigi Cristoforetti; The Australian Jessica Fyfe; The Portuguese Marco da Silva Ferreira; The Italian collective Dewey Dell (Teodora, Demetrio, Agata Castelucci and Eugenio Resta); The Italian choreographer Mauro de Candia; The Finnish-Egyptian Samira Elagoz; The German Birgit Freitag; The Austrian Brigitte Fürle, artistic director of the House of the Festival of St. Pölten; The Spanish bailaor Eduardo Guerrero; The Austrian Rebecca Horner; The Greek Euripides Laskaridis, founder of the company Osmosis; The American Julian Amir Lacey; South Korean I Jung Lim; The Finnish collective Marble Crowd; The Cape Verdean Marlene Monteiro Freitas; The Spanish Emilio Ochando; The Swedish Johannes Öhmann, from 2018 co-director of the Staatsballett Berlin (after the disaster left by the Spanish Nacho Duato); The British Adam Russell-Jones; The Dutch Arno Schuitemaker; The Franco-German Claire Vivianne Sobottke; The American Brandon Washington; And Austrian Prisca Zeisel, a new acquisition of Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich.”

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

DOMESTIC AIR ROUTES OPENED TO COMPETITION

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For the first time ever, foreign airlines have been authorized to operate domestic routes within Mozambique.The routes were put out to tender earlier this year and, announcing the results at a Maputo press conference on Tuesday, the chairperson of the Mozambique Civil Aviation Institute (IACM), Joao Abreu, said that Ethiopian Airlines and Malawi Airlines successfully applied for authorization to fly the domestic routes.
Five Mozambican companies have also been authorized – namely Mozambique Airlines (LAM), its subsidiary Mocambique Expresso (MEX), the air transport division of Mozambique Railways, CFM Transportes Aereo, the long established light aircraft company TTA, and Solenta Aviation Mozambique. Solenta is the Mozambican subsidiary of a South African company which, up until now, has specialized in charter flights.
Imagem relacionadaImagem relacionadaEthiopian Airlines, LAM and MEX have applied for all the domestic routes, while the other companies are only interested in some of them (Abreu did not say which). Since Ethiopian Airlines is widely regarded as the most professional of the African airlines, the tender result means that LAM will now face serious competition.The seven companies whose bids were successful now have 180 days to put the routes into operation. Ethiopian Airlines and Malawi Airlines must first register as Mozambican companies, and obtain the requisite licence in accordance with Mozambican legislation. Abreu said that the priority must be the needs of the passengers. “We have to look at the market in an overall fashion”, he said. “What we want is for the users to have more choice”.
Resultado de imagem para LAm MexAs for international routes, the successful bids only came from Mozambican companies – LAM, MEX, TTA and CFM. Malawi Airlines also put in bid but was not selected.Abreu said there was a disappointing response to the tender for regional and international routes, and so, within 60 days, a second tender will be launched for routes from Mozambique to Tanzania, Brazil, Singapore, Turkey, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, Mauritius, Vietnam and Qatar.Some of these routes are, in fact, already operated – Maputo-Dar es Salaam by LAM, Maputo-Istanbul by Turkish airlines, Maputo-Addis Ababa by Ethiopian; Maputo-Nairobi by Kenyan Airlines, and Maputo-Doha by Qatar Airways. There have never been any regular flights between Mozambique and Brazil, Singapore or Vietnam. 

POWER TO REACH DOA IN FEBRUARY

Imagem relacionadaElectricity from the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi will reach the district of Doa, in the western Mozambican province of Tete, in February 2018, according to the Doa district administrator, Domingos Viola.Doa is one of two new districts in Tete, which began to operate with a district government in June 2014. Previously it was an administrative post in Mutarara district. Doa town relied on a generator to provide electricity. The second new Tete district, Marara, already benefits from Cahora Bassa power. Viola said that the topographic survey of the area through which the electricity transmission lines will pass has already been done. The pylons have already arrived and will soon be put in place. The transmission line will reach Doa from the neighbouring district of Moatize. In addition to Doa town the line will benefit Chazia and Chuez communities, as well as the villages of Madhamba, Kambulatsitsi and Necungas in Moatize. In all, the new line is expected to benefit more than 40,000 people.Because of financial constraints, the generator in Doa only operates for four hours a day. “We don’t always switch on the generator because the costs are high”, said Viola. “To run for four hours a day, the generator needs 40 litres of diesel, and we don’t manage to buy that every day. So we spend most of our nights in darkness”.
Imagem relacionadaViola said the Doa public, and the district government, have enormous expectations from the impending connection to the national grid. He was confident that electrification would stimulate development of the district by, for example, allowing flour mills to run on electricity rather than diesel. “We shall also introduce a night course in to schools, so that people can study”, he added. 
“So we’re eager”, said the administrator. “The contractor gave us a guarantee that the installation would be completed within six months. So we hope that in February our district will be illuminated with power from Cahora Bassa”. Viola did not say what the cost of electrifying Doa would be, but declared “for us, what is important is to have permanent lighting in the town, and even domestic electricity connections, so that people can create better conditions for their lives”. After Doa is electrified there will be only one district in Tete that does not receive power from Cahora Bassa. That is Zumbo, in the far west of the province, which obtains its electricity from Zambia. 

GO-AHEAD TO SALE OF ROVUMA BASIN

Resultado de imagem para ExxonMobilThe Mozambican government believes that by the end of this year it could receive hundreds of millions of dollars in capital gains tax arising from the sale of shares in the Rovuma Basin Area Four gas fields in the far north of the country.This arises from the deal whereby the Italian energy company ENI sells half its holding in Area Four to the US oil and gas giant, ExxonMobil. This deal should net the Mozambican state 354.5 million US dollars. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, at the end of the weekly session of the Council of Ministers (Cabinet), the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Leticia Klemens, said the government has approved a decree altering the terms and conditions of the complementary accord to the Area Four Concession agreement, under which ENI is exploring for oil and gas. 
Resultado de imagem para Leticia KlemensThe decree gives the go-ahead to the sale of shares to ExxonMobil, and allows ENI to delegate to ExxonMobil the powers of operator for all operations to liquefy natural gas on shore. ENI is already pushing ahead with a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) platform above the Coral South gas field, about 40 kilometres from the coast of Cabo Delgado province. But Coral South is just one of several fields in Area Four, and gas from other fields will be liquefied onshore, at facilities in the Afungi Peninsula, in Palma district, under the responsibility of ExxonMobil. 
Klemens said approval of the sale of shares to ExxonMobil will bring advantages to Mozambique, since “ExxonMobil is a major company, with technical competence, including in gas liquefaction operations, and it is financially robust. It is one of the great world leaders in the natural gas market”.  “For Exxon Mobil to enter, we, as the government had to authorise its entry”, the Minister said. “The government has now given its authorization”.Under the payment terms, ENI must pay the capital gains tax within 30 days of concluding the negotiations between ENI and ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil is paying 2.8 billion dollars for half of ENI’s shares in Area Four. ENI controls a 50 per cent indirect interest in Area Four, owned through ENI-East Africa, which holds 70 per cent of the concession. The remaining 20 per cent held via ENI-East Africa belongs to the Chinese company CNPC. The other three partners, with ten per cent each, are Galp Energia of Portugal, Kogas, and Mozambique's National Hydrocarbon Company .