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Zitamar News provides reliable and intelligent daily news and analysis on Mozambique’s economy, politics, and business sectors, with a particular focus on the extractive industry. Zitamar News is written and edited in Maputo by Tom Bowker and Leigh Elston, and by Gavriel Hollander in London - with contributions from a network of reporters in Mozambique and the region. Read more here. To contact the editors, including leads or tips in confidence, please email: news@zitamar.com

Politics
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Frelimo tempers Nyusi reshuffle, but agriculture stays top of second term agenda

Filipe Nyusi has appointed his cabinet to kick off his second term in office — with the appointments suggesting the President continues to not have things all his own way in Frelimo despite leading the party to a landslide election victory. Adriano [...]

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Aid Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Photo by: Sean Cairncross
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US starts preparing new five-year ‘compact’ with Mozambique, despite past failures

The US Millennium Challenge Corporation is unlikely to start a major new grant programme in Mozambique until the end of 2022 or 2023, Sean Cairncross, MCC’s director told journalists during a conference call on Thursday.

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Extractives
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Gemfields late delivering complaints service for Montepuez mine neighbours

Montepuez Ruby Mining has failed to deliver on time a system for reporting alleged human rights abuses in the area of its mining operations in Cabo Delgado province. The company, which is majority owned by UK-based miner [...]

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Agriculture
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Nyusi declares agriculture ‘national emergency’ in second term commitments

Filipe Nyusi has declared combating poverty through investing in agriculture a “national emergency” and pledged to devote 10% of the state budget to the sector, in a speech following his swearing in for a second term as President of Mozambique on Wednesday. Agriculture and industrialisation [...]

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Economy
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Maleiane promised to honour all ‘hidden debts’ if court would rule them legal — report

Mozambique would have converted the $535 million MAM loan into sovereign debt if any Mozambican court had deemed the government guarantee for the MAM loan legal, finance minister Adriano Maleiane told the Russian lender, VTB, in a meeting in early 2018, according [...]

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Electricity
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Cabo Delgado solar power project reaches financial close

French renewable energy company Neoen has reached financial close and launched construction of a 41MWp solar power plant at Metoro, Cabo Delgado, thanks to concessional lending from French development agency Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and its [...]

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Extractives
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US oil and gas companies wanted to take over Pemba Logistics Base, claims ENH’s Mithá

The oil and gas companies operating Mozambique’s LNG projects tried to sabotage the success of the Pemba Logistics Base because they wanted it to be run by an American, rather than a local, company, Omar Mithá, chairman of national oil company, ENH, told a press [...]

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