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The governor of Tete has acknowledged that bureaucratic procedures in the approval of investments is delaying investment in the provinces and is calling for change.
The fifty-third edition of the Maputo International Fair yesterday saw Manica and Tete provinces presenting their potential. Participants took the opportunity to point out what, in their view, are the major problems that weaken the attractiveness of investments in the provinces.
After Manica and Tete governors Alberto Mondlane and Paulo Auade spoke and presented videos showcasing investment opportunities, the audience raised its concerns, including the bureaucracy investors face, the lack of technical centres for vocational training and inappropriate locations.
“There is some bureaucracy, and attention to requests based on the appearance of people. What we see may not be real and often assessing a citizen just by the way he dressed is contempt,” Assembly of the Republic deputy Ana Rita Sithole said.
Another deputy, Sergio Pantie, complained: “We do not know how to deal with people who are occupying tracts alongside roads with illegal constructions.”
In his replies, the governor of Tete acknowledged bureaucratic tendencies in institutions and called for all such cases to be reported. “Often it is not us. The system hinders quick access to governors and consequently investment opportunities,” said Auade, urging investors to seek the governor’s or administrator’s contact details “because we are here to serve”.
The meeting also discussed problems related to the attribution of land use rights and agricultural production.Source: O País