Arab Investment Forum – Mozambique

08:00 - 09:00

Participants Registration

09:00 - 09:30

Opening Session

09:45 - 10:45

Panel 1: Economic Development Perspectives

The Mozambique's economy had a positive recovery with GDP growth of around 4.1% in 2022 and is expected to reach 6% in 2023. The outlook is to continue growing in 2024, maintain positive acceleration in the medium term until 2025, despite global adversities. The Government has a national development plan in which it aims to promote the private sector as a driver of growth and is supported by sectoral strategies.

Key Topics:

  • Explore factors behind Mozambique's positive GDP growth and projections for 2024-2025
  • Highlight the National Development Strategies emphasis on the private sector for economic growth.
  • Discuss how industry, agriculture, and energy sector strategies contribute to overall economic development.
  • Outline Mozambique's investment policy and incentives for attracting investments.
  • Examine the government's active role in fostering growth, addressing sustainability and challenges.

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break and Networking

11:15 - 12:25

Panel 2: Investment Opportunities in the Agribusiness Sector

Agricultural development and food security remain a priority on the agenda of Mozambique's economic plans and remain a global opportunity. The sector in Mozambique is dominated by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Key Topics:

  • Explore the significance of agriculture in Mozambique's economic plans
  • Discuss the role of MSMEs in the agricultural sector and address challenges they face.
  • Highlight key investment opportunities within the agricultural value chain.
  • Examine challenges related to financing, knowledge, and market access in the sector

12:25 - 13:25

Panel 3: Investment Opportunities in the Industrial Sector

Mozambique defined industrialization as the epicentre of economic diversification, to boost agriculture and the processing of national raw materials with a view to sustainable economic development and job creation. The country's abundant energy offers a unique opportunity to attract investment for manufacturing.

Key Topics:

  • Discuss the National Programme to Industrialize Mozambique (PRONAI) and its implications.
  • Examine the strategic use of the abundant energy resources to attract manufacturing investments.
  • Highlight profitable sectors within the country’s industrial landscape taking advantages of the Government's IFZ status for export-oriented manufacturing.
  • Explore how partnerships contribute to the sustainable growth of the industrial sector.

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 - 15:30

Panel 4: Investment Opportunities in the Infrastructure Sector

Mozambique is the key point of energy interconnection and logistical transshipment in Southern Africa, with its integrated road and rail infrastructure and energy network (Electricity and Petroleum products) that is connected to the neighboring countries.

Key Topics:

  • Offer insights into the current state of the infrastructure market in Mozambique, including regional trends, market dynamics, and potential challenges
  • Discuss Mozambique's pivotal role as a hub for energy interconnection and logistical trans-shipment in Southern Africa highlighting the integrated road, rail, and energy infrastructure.
  • Bring attention to unique investment opportunities in upcoming infrastructure ventures.

15:30 - 16:30

Panel 5: Investment Opportunities in the Tourism Sector

Tourism plays a crucial role in Mozambique's economic development by fostering local economies, creating jobs, and establishing intersectoral connections. The country's 2,800 Km of pristine coastline, rich underwater biodiversity, and tropical flora and fauna, coupled with the warm hospitality of Mozambicans, contribute to its tourism appeal.

Key Topics:

  • Discuss tourism's role in economic development
  • Explore opportunities for coastal and marine tourism experiences in Mozambique.
  • Investigate synergies between Mozambique's biodiversity and cultural heritage, exploring sustainable ecotourism prospects.
  • Highlight existing tourism investment incentives, government support, and strategies for ensuring sustainability.

16:30 - 17:00

Final Considerations

06:30 - 19:00

Gala Dinner (By Invitation)

09:00 - 10:00

Panel 6: Investment Opportunities in the Energy Sector

Mozambique has an abundant potential for energy resources, including hydropower, natural gas, coal, biomass and renewable energy, which can place the country in a prominent position to respond not only to domestic demand, but also to regional and international demand.

Key Topics:

  • Explore Mozambique's abundant potential for Energy Resources.
  • Present investment prospects in energy generation, upstream activities (exploration and extraction), as well as downstream activities (refining and distribution).
  • Discuss strategies for accessing energy markets at national, regional, and global levels.
  • Highlight opportunities and advancements in renewable energy investments

10:00 - 11:00

Panel 7: Export Opportunities for the Arab Market

Over the past two decades, the Arab market has shown significant demand potential for various products. Regional countries are diversifying their economies away from oil and gas dependence, focusing on infrastructure, telecommunications, and food security. Investments extend to African countries, fostering increased transactions between African and Arab companies. Examples include the expanding presence of chambers like the Dubai Chamber of Commerce in Africa, facilitating business interactions.

Key Topics:

  • Explore the transformation of the Arab market, focusing on economic diversification away from oil and gas dependence.
  • Examine the investments made by Arab countries, particularly in African nations
  • Delve into the expanding business relationships connecting African firms with the Arab world.
  • Identify specific export opportunities for Mozambique in the Arab market and discuss effective market entry strategies for businesses.

11:00 - 12:00

Panel 8: Evolution and Trends in Mozambique's Financial Sector

The financial sector in Mozambique continues to develop and is dominated by a banking sector with an embryonic capital market of around 20 commercial banks, 10 microbanks, 21 insurance companies, exchange houses, mobile money services, pension funds, savings and credit cooperatives financial institutions. The sector is challenged to respond to the demand for services necessary to boost the business sector, with significant reforms being implemented to consolidate and stabilize the sector, including risk-based supervision by the Central Bank.

Key Topics:

  • Examine Mozambique's evolving financial sector.
  • Discuss the crucial role played by diverse financial institutions in meeting the demands of the business sector.
  • Explore ongoing reforms, such as risk-based supervision by the Central Bank.
  • Analyze emerging trends and opportunities for accessing financing, particularly for growing companies and private investments.
  • Address strategies to meet the rising demand for financial services in the digital transformation era and foster a more inclusive financial system.

12:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 14:30

Operational undertakings with spinoffs opportunities in Mozambique

  • Natural Gas
  • Power Generation
  • Aluminum Manufacturing

14:30 - 15:00

Closing Session

15:00 - 17:00

B2B and B2G Bilateral Meetings and Networking continue.

  • Businesses facilitated meetings for partnerships
  • Facilitated meetings with government decision-makers