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PRESENTATION

The Republic of Mozambique is located in Southern Africa

It has a total area of: 801,600 sq. km (land: 784,090 sq. km water - principally lake Nyasa: 17,500 sq. km)


It has a lengthy coastline of:
2,470 km facing the Indian Ocean.

Its bordering neighbors are:in the North Tanzania over 756 km; in the North- West: Malawi over 1,569 km and Zambia over 419 km; in the South: South Africa over 491 km and Swaziland over 105 km; in the West: Zimbabwe over 1,231 km.

Population:19,124,335
(July 1999); 17,479,266 (July 2003 est.); with a population growth rate of 2.54% (1999); 0.82% (2003 est.)

Independence from Portugal: June 25, 1975
National holiday: June 25

Natural resources: coal, titanium, natural gas

Agriculture production: cotton, cashew nuts, sugarcane, tea, cassava (tapioca), corn, rice, tropical fruits; beef, poultry.

Industry production: food, beverages, chemicals (fertilizer, soap, paints), petroleum products, textiles, cement, glass, asbestos, tobacco.

Over two decades, from the independence in 1975 till the peace accord of 1992, Mozambique suffered a ferocious and devastating civil war, which left the hinterland territory infested with land mines.The economy was completely disrupted.

Since the 1992 peace accord, democratic ballots have been organized twice - the last one staged December 2-5, 1999 - has seen the victory of the ruling government party: the Frelimo that won 133 of the 250 parliamentary seats, with the remaining 117 seats going to Renamo.

The new government resulting from the first democratic elections following the peace accord undertook a series of important economic reforms requested by international financial organizations - the IMF and the World Bank. Following the reforms, more than 900 state enterprises have been privatized. A value-added tax, introduced in 1999, launched the government's comprehensive tax reform program. The economy since then performed remarkably scoring double digit growth rates (11-12%) for three years running (1996-2000) till the heavy rains of January-February 2000 and 2001 that flooded one third of the country and blocked the growth process. Indeed, Growth slowed down to 3.8 % and inflation rose in 2000. Inflation is still high (14% in 2003 and 11% forecast for 2004) and eats economic growth points that remain below 10% per year (7.7% in 2002).

However as a silver lining to the bad economic situation created by recurent bad weather and storms, Mozambique received a formal cancellation of a large portion of its external debt through a programme staged by the IMF initiative and is scheduled to receive additional relief.

The IMF stated that Mozambique is one of the best examples in the developing world of right policies in reforming an economy and on May 20, 2004 had virtually agreed to a fresh, three-year aid package with Mozambique. The IMF assistance package of 10 million special drawing rights, worth $13 million, would be presented to the IMF board in June 2004. The IMF's programme to Mozambique is limited in monetary terms but the fund's approval of the country's economic reforms will improve sharply the rating of the country and trigger the release of hundreds of millions of dollars by bilateral and multilateral donors - that directly provide a sizable amount Mozambique's national budget. Click here for more on Mozambique's current events

MORE ON MOZAMBIQUE

1- The Politics of Peace In Mozambique
Post Conflict Democratization (1992-2000)
by Carrie L. Manning
2- Mozambique Investment and Business Guide
Digital Delivery in PDF
3- Mozambique Tortuous Road To Democracy
by Joao Cabrita
4- More News On Mozambique
by Allafrica

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SOME FIGURES


GNP: US$ 3.655 (2000); US$ 3.800 (2001); US$ 4.020 (2002); US$ 4.329 (2003)
GNP -real growth rate: 3.8% (2000); 5.8 % (2001); 7.7% (2002)
GNP-per capita: US$ 191 (2000); US$ 247 (2003)

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GNP-composition by sector

  1. agriculture: 44%

  2. industry: 19%
  3. services: 37%

Exports: US$ 390 million (f.o.b., 2000); 680 million f.o.b. (2002 est.)
Commodities: shrimp 40%, cashews, cotton, sugar, copra, citrus
Exports - partners: Belgium 24.3%, South Africa 9.1%, Germany 6.2% (2002)

Imports: US$ 1.4 billion (c.i.f., 2000)
Commodities: food, clothing, farm equipment, petroleum
Imports - partners: South Africa 27.5%, France 8.9%, US 7%, Australia 6.9%, Japan 6%, Malaysia 4% (2002)


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ENTRY POLICY / HEALTH POLICY

A valid passport for six months beyond sojourn period - and a visa are required for most nationalities as well as travel documents / tickets indicating return or onward travel. All currency - when entering the country - must be declared. An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required if arriving from an infected area within six days of travel. Below listed are some addresses for information:

USA
Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique
Suite 570, 1990 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: +(1) 202 2937146
Fax: +(1) 202 8350245
embamoz@aol.com

England
Mozambique High Commission
21 Fitzroy Square
London W1P 5HJ

Tel: +(44) 171 3833800
Fax: +(44) 171 3833801

AIR-LINKING / TRANSSHIPPING

Air-Portugal and Air-France have the best air connections to Mozambique. Flights to Johannesburg, South Africa, are regular and very affordable. Maputo, the capital-city is also well connected with Lilongwe in Malawi

INVESTOR CONTACTS

Chamber Of Commerce
Câmara do Comércio de Moçambique
Tel: +(258) 1 491970
Fax: +(258) 1 492210
Telex: 6498 cacom mo

Mozambique Export Promotion Institute-IPEX
1008, 25th September Av., 3th Floor
P.O. Box 4487
Maputo
Tel.: +(258) 1 307257/8
Fax: +(258) 1 307256
ipex@teledata.mz

TMIC - Trade and Market Information Center
1008, 25th September Av., 4th Floor
P.O. Box 4487
Maputo
Tel: +(258) 1 424242
Fax: +(258) 1 429964
tmica@zebra.uem.mz
tmicb@zebra.uem.mz

Mozambique Emergency Assistance Services, Emergency Medical Consultant
Accounts Consultant

Lda Maputo - Mozambique
Tel: +(258) 82 887 6550 / 82 391 8400
Website:
www.mozassist.co.mz
Email:
mozassist@hotmail.com

ACCOMMODATION

For more information on travel and tourism in Mozambique, contact the Mozambique National Tourism Company below listed:

Hotel Polana
Avda Julius Nyerere 1380,
Maputo
Tel: +(258) 1 491 001
Fax: +(258) 1 491 480

Dom Carlos Hotel
Largo Do Farol,
Po Box 13
Beira
Tel: +(258) 711158 / 9

Polana Mar
Avda Julius Nyerere 1380,
Maputo
Tel: +(258) 1 491 001
Fax: +(258) 1 491 480

Mozambique National Tourism Company
Empresa Nacional de Turismo
CP 654, Avenida 25 de Junho 300
Maputo
Tel: +(258) 1 427204 or
+(258) 1 421305
Fax: +(258) 1 430058


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