Mission in Mozambique

19 March 2010

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Among the most interesting meetings, made in Maputo, they can be cited those with:

At the end of bilateral meetings, business speakers expressed their satisfaction with the quality of matches played and the human dimension of institutional representatives. Striking fact is the determination of this country to pursue growth and renewal be achieved mainly through the involvement of foreign investors.

Organization of workshop

After the meetings there were two workshops. The first was at the Pestana Rovuma Hotel in Maputo. Dr. Rose and Dr. Alba Cestari. Antonio Picone, after conducting a comprehensive review of the main areas of strategic interest to investment, brought a focus on Special Economic Zones (EEZ). In Mozambique, it was created one, and the Zambezi Valley, in force until the year 2025, which has a special tax and customs:
• Exemption of import duties of goods for new investments, rehabilitation or expansion projects
• Exemption of excise duty on the purchase of properties
• Discounts and special tax deductions IRPC
The Zambezi Valley lies in the geographic area that includes: Province of Tete, Zambezia Province, Province of Sofala, Manica Province.
Among the areas eligible to enjoy the special agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, livestock (cattle breeding), use (exploitation) forestry, wildlife, water supply, production, transportation and distribution of electricity, telecommunications, civil construction and public works, industry, banking, insurance and transport.
Of great interest the participation to the workshop,of officials of the CPI (Investment Promotion Centre) which offers a range of services to help domestic and foreign investors by facilitating their access to government incentives.
In particular, it provides assistance for the adoption and implementation of investment projects, promote links between domestic and foreign enterprises, identify and disseminate investment opportunities, identify potential partners for joint ventures, etc..
The second workshop had as main theme the confrontation between the Italian and Mozambican tourism model. For the Italian side  Dr. Achille Lauro and Dr. Antonio D'Aniello intervened, while for the Mozambican attended a delegate representing the permanent secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Ms Fernanda Matsinhe. According to data provided by the Ministry in 2008 came about in Mozambique. 1, 5 million people of which approx. 1.02 million tourists, an increase of 33% over the previous year. The workshop was an opportunity to present the project of the Government to draw up an action plan 2010-2012 aims to put Mozambique on the international tourism market. Is jointly implemented a promotional campaign aimed at enhancement of the Mozambican culture, its gastronomy and its natural beauty. Among the priorities include the training of specialized personnel and modernization of tourism facilities in order to increase the carrying capacity and adapt them to best international standards. To support the development of tourism and especially to encourage investment in this sector, the government promises to simplify bureaucratic procedures and tax concessions.
After the workshops, BtoB meetings have been held (business to business) with Mozambican involved entrepreneurs. This moment, made possible through a preliminary stage of identification, scouting and awareness of business and local stakeholders, has offered to Italian entrepreneurs the possibility of a direct approach with potential stakeholders and partners in the country.
Conclused the works, the onlookers took part in a moment of conviviality with tasting of typical Italian products.

Achieved results

The balance of the Mission is undoubtedly positive. Not only were involved quite a number of companies but have laid the groundwork for promoting the implementation of development cooperation projects in priority sectors (renewable energy and environmental protection, energy supply, creation of businesses, strengthening human capital locally). Indeed, on several occasions during the mission, have expressed an interest to participate in such projects by local authorities, associations, NGOs, private sector operators.

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