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Mozambique seeks private investment in renewable energies

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- The Mozambique Electric Company (EDM) said at a workshop in Maputo on Thursday that one of the strategies to improve the country’s energy supply is to encourage private investment in the sector of renewable energies.

“We believe that renewable energies play an important role to help us reach the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 agenda. Currently, it’s not possible to supply electric power to the entire country using the national grid, we need to use several isolated systems,” said Miserio Banze, head of the department for energy efficiency at EDM.

Mozambique is a signatory for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), aiming to secure access to a reliable, sustainable, modern and affordable energy to all.

The workshop held in Maputo aims to go through different possibilities available to involve the private sector and get funds to improve energy access throughout the country.

“It’s clear that government’s actions alone will not be able to double the number of people with access to energy by 2030. So, we want to explore the role the private sector would play in the promotion of energy efficiency in Mozambique,” said Banze.

Academic institutions attending the workshop also call for rational and responsible use of available resources in the electric power domain.

The country has been investing in the generation of renewable energy through solar power particularly for health unities, schools and other institutions in rural areas.



Mozambique business association urges gov’t to review tourism prices

MAPUTO Mozambique  (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique (CTA) said Tuesday in province of Cabo Delgado that the government should establish partnerships with experienced countries in the tourism area to learn to set proper prices.

According to Joao das Neves, executive member of CTA, Mozambique is the most expensive tourist destination in the southern African region and yet it does not offer better facilities than countries with cheaper prices.

“In the current circumstances, where we have very high lodging prices, it is not possible to promote tourism in these conditions,” he said.

Neves emphasized that tourists are not only attracted by the places, but the prices count a lot to attract visitors.

“We have to be thinking about the promotion of products that tourists have been buying in their countries, so that we can see that our country leaves something to be desired,” Neves said.

He said that there are several projects in Mozambique, but all of them lack attractive prices for tourists.

“We do not mean to lower prices in the true sense, but to fix prices with the appropriate products offered,” he said.

In Mozambique, the provinces of Inhambane in the south and Cabo Delgado in the north are the provinces that attract tourists the most every year.

Last year Mozambique’s government collected duties of over 150 million U.S. dollars only in tourism, and about 70,000 jobs were created in the sector. 


Mozambican authorities seize three and a half tons of ivory

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambican customs updated on Friday morning the seizure of 3.5 tons of ivory in a container which had Cambodia as the declared destination from the Maputo port.

According to Fernando Tinga, communication officer of the Tax Authority, there are two alleged dispatchers of the merchandise who have been detained and the owner of the smuggled ivory has already been identified.

“In the physical examination we did, we found 870 pieces of ivory, and by the amount of ivory, 434 elephants were slaughtered in several parental parks,” he said, considering this apprehension as the greatest ever in the southeastern African country.

Mozambique has been a signatory for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora since 1981.

At the time of the apprehension of the horns on Thursday morning, Tinga said that the two detained “informed the authorities that the merchandise was resin, the material for producing plastic,” but one of the set of six containers turned out to have huge bulk of ivory buried under plastic waste.



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