UNIDO and EU to support Mozambique in creating competitiveness for exports

The four-year Promove Comércio – Building Competitiveness for Exports projectin Mozambique, financed by the European Union with co-funding from UNIDO, was officially launched on 29 March in Maputo, Mozambique. The project is implemented by UNIDO and UNCTAD through a UN-to-UN Inter-Agency Agreement.

During the event, Ludovina Bernardo, Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce of Mozambique, indicated that the project focusing on quality infrastructure, industrial upgrading of the small and medium enterprises and trade safeguards are of strategic priorities of Mozambique. "We want to promote the strengthening of the national and local private sector. We believe that this project can be one of the catalysts for our operational aspirations to enhance and consume national production, diversify exports and boost investment" noted Ludovina Bernardo.

Antonio Sánchez-Benedito Gaspar, European Union Ambassador to Mozambique, highlighted that Mozambique is well positioned to take advantage of the Economic Partnership Agreement and increase the levels of its exports. "It has a strategic geographical location, a young population, with enormous potential and resources" said Antonio Sánchez-Benedito Gaspar.

As part of the event, a panel discussion with business association presidents and directors of public institutions took place on the topic of “how to overcome exports challenges” in the context of Mozambique.

Read the press release here.

For further information contact Juan Pablo Davila (J.Davila [at] unido.org)