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President Filipe Nyusi in Inhambane (O País)
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi yesterday again asserted that the results of the exploitation of mineral resources in Mozambique should benefit local communities.
“There are people to exploit the wealth that exists in Mozambique, and this wealth should benefit Mozambicans,” the Mozambican head of state said during a rally in Inhambane province in southern Mozambique.
Nyusi’s statement came in response to complaints from the population of the province that it was not seeing the benefits of gas exploration in Pande and Temane by the South African multinational Sasol, which has been operating in the region for more than two decades.
“We are concerned about Sasol’s lack of social responsibility,” Edson Rui a local resident said. “There is no visible investment benefiting the population, while our national roads are being destroyed by the company’s trucks.”
The Mozambican head of state said that the government was aware of the problem, and that efforts to ensure that populations benefited where mineral resources were being exploited.
“This is a matter that is being addressed at the level of the ministries and we hope that we will soon have satisfactory results,” the president added.
Sasol is one of the three companies that won the fifth international hydrocarbons concession in Mozambique, in a list of consortia led by ENI, ExxonMobil and Deltonex Energy.
According to the National Petroleum Institute, Mozambique expects multinational concessionaires to invest $700 million (EUR 597 million) over the coming years.Source: Lusa
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