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Trade centre launched in Tete

Trade centre launched in Tete

Trade centre launched in Tete

Business growth, the development of trade and of cross-border commercial ties are some of the factors that have been fueling the growing business environment in Tete. Tete Business Facilitation Centre was launched to further promote these aims in November. 


Sponsored by the South African Department of Trade and Industry, the Build Environment Professionals Export Council and the Engineering and Technology Grouping of Export Councils, the Centre will serve as a base of initial operations for businesses representing various sectors.


The principal purpose of the Facilitation Centre is to offer a platform to subscribed members from where they can build relationships with the existing major projects in Tete and have accurate intelligence on new and up-coming projects. Although the Facilitation Centre is based in Tete, it covers projects in all areas of Mozambique.


The Centre is managed and operated by ProIntel Africa and boasts equipped and serviced ‘hot desks’ for use by members, conferencing facilities, administrative, secretarial and translation services as well as business development support and access to a living database of project opportunities in the region.


It is conveniently located on the main Tete road in Matema, adjacent to BCI bank and opposite the Café & Compania coffee shop. The airport is just five minutes away, and the facility is also close to several other banks as well the VALE and ICVL mines.


The Facilitation Centre launch event was attended by Con Korsten, CEO of BEPEC, export council members and several special guests, including Brian Ritter, the acting South Africa High Commissioner to Mozambique, who was accompanied by his economic counsellor, Matome Kgowedi. Representing the provincial government and the Governor of Tete Province was Domingos Macajo, the director of the Balcões de Atendimento Único – Tete.

Con Korsten initiated formalities with a brief history of the Facilitation Centre concept and what services would be provided. In his reply, Macajo stressed how important the Facilitation Centre was, not only for South African companies looking to do business in the region but also for the growth and development of local opportunities and local personnel.  


Ritter gave a detailed political and economic history of the relationship between South Africa and Mozambique to date; South Africa has been in the top five trade partners of Mozambique for the last 20 years. This explains the enormous interest expressed by South African companies in doing business in Mozambique.



The timing of the launch of the Facilitation Centre is a great example of how Tete and Mozambique are still seen as offering good commercial opportunities for foreign companies and governments, despite the perceived economic slowdown.