Zitamar Daily Briefing, 6 July 2018

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Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 6 July, 2018.

Agenda

  • Today: Second and final day of Portuguese PM António Costa’s visit to Mozambique
  • Today: Mozambican-Portuguese Business Forum, focused on the energy sector, organized by the Mozambique chamber of commerce
  • Today: President of the Mozambican parliament Verónica Macamo meets in Maputo with Portuguese prime minister António Costa

The latest from Zitamar News:

Mozambique airline board sacked after fuel shortage leaves Prime Minister stranded
The entire board of Mozambique’s state-owned airline LAM was fired yesterday, after a fuel shortage left all of its passengers, including the Prime Minister, stranded

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The best of the rest:

  • Mozambique-Portugal Summit produces bilateral agreements
  • Heineken cuts funding for ‘beer girls’ in Mozambique after finding harassment and assaults
  • Government to seek private partnership to fund Mapai dam
  • Portuguese government confident in Sebastião kidnapping investigation
  • Germany provides $10.5 million to BIOFUND in Mozambique

Mozambique-Portugal Summit produces bilateral agreements (DW)
Mozambique and Portugal signed 10 bilateral agreements in Maputo yesterday, during the third Mozambique-Portugal Summit. The agreements provide for Mozambican and Portuguese workers to receive social security in their home countries based on social security tax they paid in the other country, as well as for cooperation between Mozambique and Portugal on a range of economic, military, and technical issues. DW has details on all the agreements.
Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi called the summit “favorable” and said that the fourth summit will be held at the beginning of next year. Previous summits were held in November 2011 in Lisbon and March 2014 in Maputo.

Heineken cuts funding for ‘beer girls’ in Mozambique after finding harassment and assaults (AD)
Heineken has suspended money for ‘beer girls’ – models paid by alcohol distributors to sell Heineken in bars – after an internal study found that the models are more frequent victims of sexual harassment and assault in Mozambique than in any other African country. The study, conducted across 17 African countries, found harassment of ‘beer girls’ by bar customers to be widespread, but all 13 cases of assault the study uncovered were in Mozambique. Mozambique is the only country where Heineken has suspended the program.
Heineken’s move comes off the back of reporting into the issue by Dutch journalist Olivier van Beemen, who has spent the last few years documenting the brewer’s activities in Africa, and made his first visit to Mozambique this year after Heineken announced it would build a brewery just outside Maputo.
The latest international beer brand to start marketing aggressively in the city is Budweiser – again using scantily-clad female models to promote its products.

Government to seek private partnership to fund Mapai dam (Rádio Moçambique, Notícias)
The Mozambican government says that it is working to mobilize private funds to finance the construction of the Mapai dam in Gaza province. The dam, which is expected to cost over $47 million, would produce 18.36 megawatts of energy at first, with the potential to later double that output, and provide flood control and irrigation to the Limpopo River Basin.
The consultant report on how to finance the project should be completed by September, and a public tender for constructing the dam should go out in December.

Portuguese government confident in Sebastião kidnapping investigation (Rádio Moçambique, Lusa)
Portuguese prime minister António Costa gave Mozambican authorities a vote of confidence yesterday regarding their handling of the ongoing investigation into the July 2016 kidnapping of Portuguese citizen Américo Sebastião in Sofala province. The Sofala provincial prosecutor’s office announced last week that they have re-opened the case at the Sebastião family’s request, despite the fact that Mozambique’s National Criminal Investigation Service completed its investigation without locating Sebastião.
The case has been a thorn in the side of Portuguese-Mozambican relations, with the Mozambican government having previously ignored requests from Portugal to increase efforts to solve the case.

Germany provides $10.5 million to BIOFUND in Mozambique (O País)
The German government, through development bank KfW, will make a $10.5m donation to the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND). The money will be used to protect endangered species and develop eco-tourism in Mozambique.

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