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Mirko Manzoni served as the Swiss Ambassador to Mozambique since 2014 and was appointed the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Mozambique in July this year. [All photos: Mozambican-Swiss Chamber]
Swiss companies operating in the private sector in Mozambique came together to bid farewell to Ambassador Mirko Manzoni, who will be ending his 5-year term as Swiss Ambassador in Mozambique. During his tenure, he supported the formation of the Swiss Business Network which officially became the Mozambican – Swiss Chamber in February this year. The chamber is led by Florival Mucave, shareholder of luxury hotel White Pearl Resorts and Adrian Frey, Managing Director of Beluluane Industrial Park.
The intimate event was held at Southern Sun Hotel, where the incoming Ambassador Olivier Burki and his wife Enid Burki was introduced to the Mozambican – Swiss business community. The chamber currently represents 45 members from companies including Beluluane Industrial Park, White Pearl Resorts, ABB, Sika, Nestle, MSC, Schindler, Bühler and Syngenta. More than 1500 Mozambicans currently occupy formal positions within these companies.
Manzoni said during his parting speech: “I am proud to have worked with you, improving the business conditions and also the volume of business as an element of stability of the country. You can be assured that Olivier Burki will continue to engage with the private sector, so I am leaving you in good hands.”
Adrian Frey, President of the Mozambican – Swiss Chamber thanked Ambassador Manzoni for this great work. He praised Manzoni for the role which he played in uniting Swiss business interests in Mozambique and said that Swiss investors have created over 10 000 jobs in Mozambique.
Incoming Ambassador Olivier Burki also commented: “I am an economist, so maybe I am a little bit tainted sometimes but I believe strongly in the importance of the private sector in fostering development.”
He told the Swiss companies that despite volume exchanges between Mozambique and Switzerland being low, the Chamber plays a critical role in moving things forward. “You can count on me in the coming weeks to visit you and see how we can improve and grow in Mozambique,” he said.
Olivier Burki spent his last assignment in Georgia as Regional Director of Cooperation, where he played in important role in furthering the Swiss development co-operation in Georgia and the South Caucasus region. His achievements included re-focusing projects towards more SME involvement and vocational and educational training as well as embarking on new areas such as women’s economic empowerment and climate change adaptation.Source: Swiss Mozambican Business Network / Press Release
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