Africa > East Africa > Mozambique


Capital: Maputo; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 3.8%
Key Facts

Full name: The Republic of Mozambique
Population: 23.9 million (via UN, 2011)
Area: 812,379 sq km (313,661 sq miles)
Major languages: Portuguese (official), Makua-Lomwe, Swahili, other indigenous languages
Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Islam
Life expectancy: 50 years (men), 52 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 metical (plural meticais) = 100 centavos
Main exports: Seafood, cotton
GNI per capita: US $440 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .mz
International dialling code: +258


  • Africa's Relationship With China Is Ancient History


    In 2002 South Africa's Parliament unveiled a digital reproduction of a map - of China, the Middle East and Africa - that some speculated could be the initial map of the African continent. The Da Ming Hun Yi Tu - the Comprehensive Map of the Great Ming Empire - was drawn up around 1389 during the Ming Dynasty, according to historian Hyunhee Park.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Mozambique banking sector attracts the attention of major international banks


    The Mozambique banking sector, which has high increase and good business prospects arising from foreign investment in exploration of natural resources, is attracting the attention of major international banks, according to Eaglestone Securities.

  • Hydropower projects in Mozambique attract Chinese groups Three Gorges and State Grid


    Mozambique is a target country in the internationalisation of China Three Gorges and China National Grid and two major hydroelectric projects that are being launched are of interest to these Chinese groups and their Portuguese subsidiaries.

    Paul Muxanga, chairman of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB), said recently that the long-awaited construction of the northern plant of the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric facility should be initiated any minute at this time, a project which, according to the Portuguese financial daily Diário Económico, is “in the sights” of the two Chinese groups.

  • Mozambique to 2018 - Managers, Mediators and Magnates


    Mozambique's ambitious new executive must find ways to bridge a set of gaps: between the core and the periphery; between political parties - established and new; and between the interests of business and the stark fact that Mozambique remains extremely poor, according to a new statement.

    Recent political developments in Mozambique mark the beginning of an significant era. The party of government, the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), is clearly anxious to back the newly elected chief of national, Filipe Nyusi, who - following an initial tussle with his predecessor - is apparently keen to open a different style of dialogue with his rivals both part the country's opposition parties and within FRELIMO itself. This apparent political maturing comes at a time at the same time as the prospect of significant economic transition is gaining ground.

  • Lessons from Brazil in Mozambique's Nacala Corridor


    Home to around 36m hectares of arable land, Mozambique is reliant on the agriculture sector for a quarter of its economic output and has long attracted the interest of commercial farmers.

    From presently on the country’s agriculture story has been one of uneven performance and untapped potential. Large-scale investors have struggled to launch projects, and those that have have faced constraints ranging from drought to ‘land-grab’ protests by local farm unions. At present, only about 3.9m hectares – or 10 % of arable land - is actually under cultivation, with 97 % worked by local smallholders.

  • Africa: Making Things Happen at the Bank - 'Not a Talk Shop' - Akin Adesina


    Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is focusing on five areas to achieve the African and world goals for a prosperous continent since becoming president of the African Development Bank - Africa's major public financial institution in September 2015. He was a keynote speaker at this month's Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.- Africa Business Summit in Washington D.C. and moderated a lively panel with five African government ministers. He as well received the Gene White Lifetime Succcess Award from the World Child Nutrition Foundation. This week, he was named the 2017 recipient of the World Food Prize, a prestigious honor that includes a $250,000 award. In an interview in Washington, DC, Adesina discussed the Development Bank's ambitious schedule and his vision for attracting the increase capital Africa needs. Posting questions for AllAfrica was Noluthando Crockett-Ntonga.

  • Rosário Mualeia Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mozambique's Ports and Railways


    The consensus reached between Mozambique’s public and private sectors is a shared vision to utilise the recently found natural resources to invest in its social infrastructure, as well as its physical infrastructure such as ports and railroads. What is your opinion on this new path Mozambique is following and what is the role of CFM to turn the development plans into a reality?

  • Alberto Clementino A. Vaquina, Prime Minister of Mozambique

    Alberto Clementino A. Vaquina, Prime Minister of Mozambique, speaks to Upper Reach about the opportunities that abound in the country outside its minerals industry, with the government regarding the private sector as “a partner for development and not as a rival” as it strives to create a new entrepreneurial class that will serve as a key tool in reducing poverty and increasing prosperity.
  • Arão Nhancale President of the City Council of Matola


    Twenty years next the Rome Accords, Mozambique began with a deep process of peace building. Throughout these years, Mozambique has made an outstanding update of its economy to catch up with other African nations. But today, the country is growing in a different way and at a much faster speed than most neighbors. Where do you believe the economy is heading at the moment?

  • Interwaste Mozambique Lda


    Arnaldo Tembe, Director of waste management and environmental services provider Interwaste Mozambique Lda, speaks to Globus Vision about what is behind the country’s ongoing successful development and how persistence, faith and confidence have kept his company on track and aiming to become the industry’s point of reference in southern Africa.

  • Victor Borges Mozambican Minister of Fisheries


    The last decade has molded an outstanding economic context for Africa, in which Mozambique is a prominent player part amount nations. The General Peace Agreement provided a consolidated base to overcome challenges and further advance the economy and society. With the discovery of natural resources, we are seeing an even additional promising next in the long term. As one of the key ministers of the country, what is your assessment of the last 20 years and what lessons has the country learned to take each right step someday?

  • Former president Joaquim Chissano discusses the attitude of Renamo


    Mozambique’s ex-president Joaquim Chissano talks to PM Communications about the country’s major achievements as it completes its 40th anniversary of independence. He takes the luck to criticize the attitude of Renamo – the major opposition party – as it threatens to return to war for not recognizing the victory of Frelimo in the last elections.

  • Outlook for 2014-17


    The country (Mozambique) is situated in Southeastern Africa, bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania.

    It has borders with Malawi for 1569km, Swaziland for 105km, Tanzania for 756km, South Africa for 491km, Zambia for 419km and Zimbabwe for 1231km.
    Land in Mozambique is mostly coastal lowlands, uplands in center, high plateaus in northwest, mountains in west.
    Mozambican land covers an area of 801590 km².


    The ruling party, Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo), will dominate the political landscape in 2013-17, winning national polls in 2014.

    The succession to the presidency, currently held by Armando Guebuza, who according to the constitution is serving his final term, will be a contest between his allies and other Frelimo factions. Violence between security forces and Resistência Nacional de Moçambique (Renamo) militia will undermine stability, but widespread conflict is unlikely.

  • Maputo (Mozambique)


    The Mayor of Maputo, David Simango, meeting on Wednesday with a large number of informal traders, declared that the City Council is not opposed to the informal sector, and that the measures it is taking are merely intended to discipline informal trade so that it does not endanger other interests.