​Zitamar Daily Briefing, 23 July 2018


Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 23 July, 2018.


  • Today: Launch of the National Committee for Trade Facilitation in Maputo, sponsored by the Interior Ministry, the CTA, and USAID
  • Today: Julião Dimande sworn in for another term as head of Mozambique’s Chamber of Commerce

The latest from Zitamar News:

Illegal logging could wipe out Nkula trees in Mozambique ‘within months’
Nkula trees, known for the valuable wood they produce, are on the verge of extinction in Tete province due to illegal timber harvesting by Chinese companies

The best of the rest:

  • Nyusi signs agreements with Rwanda
  • Construction of Coral South FLNG platform starts in September
  • Venâncio Mondlane elected head of Renamo’s Maputo list
  • EN1 maintenance project should start in six weeks
  • CRBC employees back to work on Maputo-Katembe bridge after stoppage

Nyusi signs agreements with Rwanda (Notícias, RFI)
Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi and Rwandan president Paul Kagame signed five cooperation agreements in Friday in Kigali, during Nyusi’s state visit to Rwanda. The agreements create an air route between Maputo and Kigali, do away with visa requirements between Mozambique and Rwanda, and commit Rwanda to importing 10,000 tonnes of Mozambican sugar, among other things. Mozambican foreign minister José Pacheco also expressed interest in Rwanda opening an embassy in Maputo.
One area where Nyusi and Kagame did not reach agreement is the extradition of Rwandans living in Mozambique who are wanted in connection to Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Nyusi told the press that “the talks on the extradition process, criteria, and timing have evolved.”

Construction of Coral South FLNG platform starts in September (Upstream)
South Korean yard Samsung Heavy Industries is expected to start fabricating the floating liquefied natural gas vessel for Eni’s Coral South project off Mozambique in September. Fabrication should take about 60 months, according to the contract, with the clock starting in June 2017 when the contract was signed.
Zitamar reported comments from energy minister Max Tonela in May that work had already begun on the mooring system, and that the plant should be ready for installation at the Coral South field in the first half of 2022 – allowing for the first exports of LNG by the end of that year.

Venâncio Mondlane elected head of Renamo’s Maputo list (DW, Notícias)
On Saturday, Renamo’s Maputo organization elected Venâncio Mondlane as its mayoral candidate for 10 October municipal elections, less than a week after the former MDM MP was first presented as a Renamo member. Mondlane was elected as head of list unanimously, after the three other candidates for the position dropped out.
On Sunday, Ricardo Tomás – an MDM MP from Tete – also formally joined Renamo after renouncing his MDM membership on Friday. He will head Renamo’s list in Tete City. At the end of last week, Manuel Araújo made the same switch in Quelimane (see Zitamar Daily Briefing 20 July). MDM leader Daviz Simango is cutting a lonely figure. and faces a tough battle to hold onto his Beira mayoralty, against whoever Renamo puts up against him – rumoured to be the party’s Secretary General, Manuel Bissopo.

EN1 maintenance project should start in six weeks (AIM)
Public Works Minister Joao Machatine said on Saturday that maintenance work on a 700km section of the EN1 north-south highway, between Pambara in Inhambane and Caia in Sofala, will begin in about six weeks. He said Friday was the deadline for receiving proposals from companies bidding to work on the 123-kilometre long section between Pambara and the Save River, while the deadline for bids for the section on to Caia closes on 27 July. The winners of the tenders will be publicly announced.
It’s unclear so far whether the contracts will involve concessions to toll and maintain the sections of road being upgraded – but the government is keen to move large parts of the highway network onto such a public-private partnership model.

CRBC employees back to work on Maputo-Katembe bridge after stoppage (RFI, O País)
Around 4,000 employees of the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the company in charge of building the Maputo-Katembe bridge, are resuming work today after striking on Friday in protest at unpaid wages and risk bonuses. Workers met with management and, though the question of the risk bonuses has not been settled, there was enough agreement for work to continue.

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