Mozambique: Sumol+Compal makes progress in exports to South Africa
German Pavilion at FACIM, the Mozambique Trade Fair. Photo: DW
German companies, some led by Mozambicans living in Germany, are eager to do business with multinationals operating in the gas and coal industry in Mozambique and have just participated in the country’s main business expo, FACIM.
The coal and gas industry in Mozambique holds attractions for German companies. Some of the companies participating in FACIM say that they are already in contact with the oil company Anadarko, the aluminium company MOZAL and the mining company Vale Moçambique, among others, concerning the provision of services.
For example, the company Secureman, which produces work safety lights, said that partnerships are at an advanced stage. Director Custódio Tamele, who lives in Germany, also says that he contacted national electricity production companies.
“Especially Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Plant (HCB) and Anadarko… We have already contacted them, and they have promised to get back to us. We have also made contacts with some Japanese companies, who showed interest in our material for the construction of the port of Nacala and a school in the province of Nampula.”
Tamele also says that his firm is backing local production.
“It is our intention and the intention of the parent company in Germany to form partnerships locally for some work that doesn’t have to come from Germany.”
Training is essential
Entrepreneur Leonardo Cumbe also lives in Germany and was at FACIM looking for partnerships. His company, Higel Kältetechnik, produces scale-free ice using environmentally friendly, energy-saving machines.
Cumbe is interested in making contacts with companies in the gas and coal sector, but appeals to the Mozambican authorities.
“We have to train staff so that they know what they are selling and how to sell it. It is good to sell – it’s a step, but if we do not have our own people, we’ll have other people making decisions for us, and that’s the biggest danger,” he warns.
Looking for contacts
The parcel and logistics company DHL, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post, also had a presence at FACIM. According to its representative, Carlos Vaz, partnerships with the mining companies in Mozambique are already in place and set to grow.Source: Deutsche Welle
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