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Mozambique: Minister advocates for natural gas development

Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Augusto Fernando. Credit: Club of Mozambique

According to the Mozambique News Agency, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Augusto Fernando, advocated for this move when he was delivering his opening speech at the Fourth Edition of the Mozambique Gas Summit.

The Minister said Mozambicans must be trained to handle the various fronts of the natural gas projects, which are currently under way and to cooperate with hydrocarbon companies operating the gas fields.

Opportunities in natural gas

Fernando emphasised that opportunities should not only be created in the extraction of natural gas, but mainly in setting up the chemical and other industries which can make intensive use of the gas.

“The natural gas that we shall produce should be a fundamental weapon for the real development of Mozambique through the training and capacity building of human capital,” he said.

Media quoted him stating that the gas projects are essential for job creation and for setting up business opportunities for local small and medium enterprises. Read more…

It is reported that government signed a memorandum of understanding with strategic partners to boost production of fuel, fertilisers and energy.

“In the context of the Southern African Development Community, in addition to the national energy strategies, we must also have an overall regional vision, about the existing energy resources, and how they should be used in a rational fashion,” Fernando stressed.

Also speaking at the event, the deputy chairperson of the Confederation of Mozambican Business Associations (CTA), Alvaro Massinga, revealed that in September the CTA launched the Business Support Office (GAE), which is intended to support Mozambican companies in matters concerning the supply of goods and services to major industries, particularly the extractive industry.

“We believe that with this intervention…the current scenario of suppliers in this industry, marked by poor access of Mozambican companies, will be reversed, creating conditions for Mozambicans to benefit from immediate and future business opportunities,” Massinga said.


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