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Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal business people engaged on trade opportunities and showcased their products at the Maputo – KZN Business fair held in Richards Bay on the 20th June 2019.
The session featured, among others, presentations from Mozambique-based companies in various sectors, the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone and the Zululand Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
It took place under the theme, ‘Sparking conversations in creating trade, cultural and special skills relations between northern KZN and Maputo’.
This engagement is a result of the recently opened corridor between Maputo and Kosi Bay, stemming from the development of the Maputo – KaTembe bridge.
The bridge is expected to stimulate trade and tourism between the two regions, with travel time between Maputo to Kosi Bay drastically reduced from six hours to 90 minutes. MAPKZN and partners “Media Vital” said the initiative strove to create a link between the two destinations.
‘We then decided on an event that would be the beginning of a journey that will house both private and public sectors under the same roof from both sides of the border.’
Claudia Jorge, Simao Nhambi and Bheki Langa said they want to continue to facilitate intra-Africa trade relations in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
City of uMhlathuze Municipal Manager, Dr Nhlanhla Sibeko applauded the attendance of young people who, he said, are vital in the journey of economic growth.
‘It is exciting when you talk about investment because South Africa and Mozambique and the SADC region as a whole, need to attract investment.
‘We have achieved political stability, but we need to invest in the economy.
‘Therefore, collectively we need to play our roles and it is our duty as government to roll out the red carpet for you as investors,’ he said.
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