GIS – 04 February, 2019: A business forum and networking event was organised by the Economic Development Board (EDB) on 02 February 2019 at Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa in Flic en Flac, in the context of the State Visit of the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Mr Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, to Mauritius. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Seetanah Lutchmeeraraidoo, the Vice Chairman of the EDB, Mr Azim Currimjee, and other personalities and economic actors from Mauritius and Mozambique were present.
In his address, President Nyusi said that his country is ready to welcome investors in the Mozambican economic and strategic zones. He mentioned the facilities offered by Mozambique, namely measures taken to combat tax evasion and money laundering, adding that this forum will strengthen business and cooperation ties between the two countries.
With regard to the potential areas of collaboration in the fisheries sector Mr Nyusi called for Mauritian expertise in the Small and Medium Enterprises. On that score, he listed the resources available in Mozambique which comprise gold, aluminium, phosphorus, precious stones, gas, and fertile land among others while lauding his country’s connectivity and the port facilities in Maputo.
The Mozambican President further recalled that several memoranda of understanding have been signed in the fields of environment and tourism between the EDB and the Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique for establishing practical framework for cooperation with regard to trade and investment, trade promotion and strengthening institutional relations and capacity building through mutual cooperation.
For his part, the Vice Chairman of the EDB underlined that the relationship between Mauritius and Mozambique dates from the colonial era as 60% of slaves brought to Mauritius were from Mozambique. Mauritius is a peaceful country with an honourable place in the rankings of international institutions, he said. Mr Currimjee also recalled that Mauritius is well placed to invest and serve the interests of the continent.
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