MAPUTO, 7th May 2016 (WAM/AIM) – Businesses from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have expressed their willingness to strengthen business relations with Mozambique and to invest in agriculture and transport, the Mozambique news agency, AIM, has reported.

Speaking to reporters in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, after a meeting with Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, the Chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Majid Saif Al Ghurair, declared “We have come to step up our relations with Mozambique in agriculture and transport”.

Accompanied by Asim Mirza Al Rahma, the UAE Ambassador to Mozambique, Ghurair said the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has opened an office in Maputo.

He said that the UAE government had recommended that business relations be boosted with Africa, and the Dubai business community had chosen Mozambique as a base for covering sub-Saharan Africa.

“Our interests in Mozambique cover mostly the areas of agro-business, transport and logistics”, Ghurair added. “We believe that more companies from Dubai will come to Mozambique, because the business environment is promising, the country has a stable economy, and is rich in resources. Now we need to advance together”.

Despite Mozambique’s current economic problems, Ghurair said that he was confident that “the country has the potential to pick itself up, thanks to the mineral resources it possesses”.

“All economies are subject to less good moments”, he said, “but the potential exists and we have to look to the future with optimism”.

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has over 150,000 members.

(AIM)

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