27 August – 2 September 2018
Mozambique is a state located in southeast Africa; it has 29,5 million inhabitants. Its location grants the 800 000 Square kilometre country a position of gateway into the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and is on its way towards industrialization.
Mozambique’s economic growth rate reached on average 7,3 % in the years between 2005 and 2015 but has considerably slowed down since. The high growth rates stem from the rising global demand for energy and the discoveries of considerable oil and gas reserves in the country. But as the economy adjusts to lower world commodity prices Mozambique’s growth rate decreased to 3,8 % in 2016 – and will likely remain at this level in 2018 and 2019.
After facing liquidity risks during the beginning of 2016 Mozambique’s investors held their breath. Not helping this insecurity is also the tensions between the ruling party Frelimo and Renamo – the main opposition party. A proposed peace deal due to be signed this year was supposed to remedy this situation but risks stalling after the death of opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama.
Still Mozambique’s economy brings many new investment opportunities especially when it comes the energy sector. Not only are new investors interested in the high demand for energy and infrastructure projects, but also big on-site companies are planning to invest billions in the next years.
The government aims to increase the electricity production by 5 000 MW within five years; Mozambique does have the resources to do so. It holds 10% of the world coal reserves and is among the top ten countries when it comes to proven gas reserves, just behind the United Arab Emirates; on top of this, Mozambique’s new mining law provides an attractive legal framework for investors. The country’s strategic location enables it to supply energy thirsty markets in the region (South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe) and in the world (China, India and Japan) in a short amount of time.
With a 2.5% natural growth rate, Mozambique’s population is not only growing but growing richer. According to Standard Charter Bank, Mozambique’s middle class is scheduled to increase threefold by 2030. Food production, transformation and distribution is therefore a sector worth looking at. Also not to underestimate is Mozambique’s agriculture sector with a high demand on machinery. Being surrounded by major agricultural exporters such as Tanzania and South Africa, Mozambique can capitalize from its oil and aluminium (second African producer) resources to build a prosperous fertilizer industry on the one hand and motor industry to support agricultural mechanization to the region on the other hand. The expanding middle class will also boost the need for consumption goods such as clothing, domestic appliances and financial services.
Participating in FACIM, the most important industry and trade exhibition in Mozambique, opens up the possibility to meet players in this market: dealers, industry and agricultural enterprises, representatives of politics and administration.
From August 27 – September 02 exhibitors will showcase their state-of-the-art products. Last year more than 1,900 international exhibitors part in this exhibition.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the association Afrika-Verein are again supporting the exhibition with an Official German Pavilion.
More information about FACIM 2018 in AUMA's trade fair database