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Public officials forced to pay for Frelimo party congress (CanalMoz)
Senior state employees in Zambézia province will have pay deducted to help fund the 11th Frelimo party congress in September, according to CanalMoz. The newssheet says it has seen a document dated 7 July 2017 detailing the salary deductions, signed by the administrator of Mocuba district.
This is not the first time state officials have been called upon to contribute to the cost of events in the ‘partidão’ which is, in common with the rest of Mozambique, feeling the effects of the country’s economic crisis.
Foreigners denied entry to Mozambique (Jornal Yinguissane)
Mozambique turned away 38 foreigners at border crossings in the first week of July. Although some of those denied entry presented counterfeit visas, others were not allowed to buy border visas because they were coming from countries with Mozambican consulates, following a crackdown on issuing such visas by the migration service.
The migration service’s tougher stance is causing confusion and consternation in the tourism industry. Zitamar News reported last week that the new rules are motivated by security concerns and the need to create employment for the staff of Mozambique’s foreign embassies, many of whom have been left with nothing to do since the change in the rules earlier this year.
Russia’s Rosneft to open Mozambique office – diplomat (Reuters)
Russian oil major Rosneft plans to open an office in Maputo, Mozambique’s Ambassador to Russia Mario Saraiva Ngwenya told Reuters. He said Mozambique expects to sign an agreement on the development terms of blocks awarded to Rosneft and ExxonMobil by the end of the year.
Along with Rosneft, ExxonMobil is expected to open up an office in Maputo, possibly as soon as September. However, sources have suggested that actually signing exploration contracts may still be some way behind that though – likely not until 2018 – as Mozambique first needs to revise its petroleum tax laws.
Mozambique may create air accident investigation unit (Jornal Horizonte)
Mozambique may soon set up an air accident investigation unit, with the support of Portugal’s National Civil Aviation Authority, transport minister Carlos Mesquita said following a meeting with the Portuguese authority’s president, Luís Miguel Ribeiro.
Mozambique has had one fatal air accident already this year – but the country’s aviation authorities did recently get a stamp of approval from the European Union which removed the country from its ‘black list’.
Government: 2,000 Maputo youth with mental disorders due to alcohol in 2016 (Diário do País)
Alcohol consumption caused 2,014 “mental disorders” among young people aged 16-25 in Maputo last year, according to the Office of Preventing and Combating Drugs.
Alcohol consumption is known to be a serious issue in Mozambican schools.
- A Maputo court will deliver its ruling in the trial of former Justice Minister Abduremane Lino de Almeida, accused of misusing state funds.
- A public meeting will be held by the Youth Parliament (Parlamento Juvenil) in Maputo to discuss the hidden debts crisis
- The IMF technical team continues its visit to Maputo to discuss the Kroll report and its implications with Mozambican officials. The visit runs until 19 July.
- The Culture Ministry will sign a collaboration protocol with the National Statistical Institute to produce more and better statistics on tourism in Mozambique.
Bank of Mozambique exchange rates, as at 13 July 15:30
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