Zitamar Daily Briefing, 14 June 2018


Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 14 June, 2018.


  • Today: President Nyusi begins a four day visit to Inhambane province

The latest from Zitamar News:

Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamâ Attack Locations
Check out Zitamar News’s interactive map of attacks attributed to Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamâ

Pemba supermarket attack was ‘false alarm’ – police
An accidental shot fired by supermarket security led police to believe an armed robbery was in progress

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The best of the rest:

  • Seismic survey completed in Zambezi Delta Basin
  • Port of Beira once again able to receive large ships
  • Bakery strike ends after a day
  • 400 families agree to resettlement plan in Moatize
  • Tiago Castigo appointed ambassador to United Arab Emirates

Seismic survey completed in Zambezi Delta Basin (AIM)
French firm CGG has completed its seismic survey of 15,400 square kilometers of ocean floor in the outer Zambezi Delta Basin, the company announced yesterday. The survey covers blocks Z5-C and Z5-D, owned by a partnership between ExxonMobil, Rosneft, and ENH, as well as some unclaimed areas outside the blocks. The collected data, which will be available in the last quarter of 2018, will be crucial for oil and gas exploration and drilling in the survey area.
Progress with exploration cannot happen, however, until exploration and production concession contracts (EPCCs) are signed between the companies and the Mozambican authorities. The EPCCs are seriously delayed; Zitamar has been told that a requirement inserted by parliament in the most recent petroleum law, that companies must list on the Mozambican stock exchange, is the chief reason for the deadlock.

Port of Beira once again able to receive large ships (Notícias)
The Port of Beira, in Sofala province, is now open to ships of over 60,000 tonnes again, two months after emergency dredging of the port’s access channel, wharf, and maneuvering basin.

Bakery strike ends after a day (Folha de Maputo)
Workers in the Espiga d’Ouro bakery, the largest in Mozambique, went back to work on Tuesday after a strike that lasted about 24 hours. A team from the Labour Inspectorate visited the bakery, where regulators encouraged management to negotiate with workers over claims that some are working without contracts.
Espiga d’Ouro’s return to production is unlikely to please Mozambique’s baker’s association, which yesterday announced that 35,000 bakers could be put out of work by what they called “unfair competition” from Espiga d’Ouro’s mass production line.

400 families agree to resettlement plan in Moatize (O País)
An agreement has been reached between mining company ICVL and families displaced by the company’s coal mine in the Moatize district of Tete province. The agreement ends a six year confrontation between the community and the company, which acquired the mines from Rio Tinto in 2012. Under the terms of the agreement, ICVL will build 272 homes and other amenities in the next two years.
Resettlements by Tete coal miners have a very poor record indeed – both Vale’s and Jindal’s have led to serious resentment and dissatisfaction. We see no reason to expect that ICVL’s will be any better – but we can hope.

Tiago Castigo appointed ambassador to United Arab Emirates (AIM)
Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi named Tiago Recibo Castigo as Mozambique’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Castigo has held various positions in the Foreign Ministry and was Mozambique’s high commissioner to Botswana until 2015.

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