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Background Information

  • Four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most dynamic economies in Africa
  • Mozambique is a Republic, the country has 16 main ethnic groups sub-divided in smaller tribal groups
  • September 1964 saw the beginning of the war for independence by Felimo, the pro-independence movement at the time
  • In June 1975, Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal with Samora Machel as its first president
  • For the next 19 years the country was ruled as a one-party state by Frelimo; first, under President Machel followed by Pres.Joaquim Chissano who is still in power
  • During that time, civil war erupted in Mozambique between different fractions (Frelino and Renamo). The war ended in 1992 with the singing of the peace agreement in Rome
  • In 1994 the country had its first multi-party elections. Frelimo and Chissano won and won again in the 1999 elections


Capital Maputo
Currency Metical (MZM)
Major Ethnic Groups                     African 99.66%
(Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena, and others),)
Europeans 0.06%
Euro-Africans 0.2%
Indians 0.08%
Main Languages Emakhuwa
other Mozambican languages


Religious Breakdown                     Christian 30%
Muslim 20%
Indigenous Beliefs 50%
Population 2003 est. @ 0.82% Growth pa): 17.5 million
HIVAIDS Adult Prevalence Rate 12.2% (2003 est.)
People Living with HIV/AIDS 1.3 million (2003 est.)
Deaths 110,000 (2003 est.)
Labour Force 9.4 million (2006 est.)
Labour Force by Sector Agriculture 81%
Industry 6%
Services 13% (1997 est.)
Literacy: Age 15 and over that can read or write
Total Population 47.8%
Male 63.5%
Female 32.7% (2003 est.)


Government Republic
Constitution 30 November 1990
Legal System Portuguese civil law system & customary law
Chief of State President Armando GUEBUZA
Head of Government                     Prime Minister Luisa DIOGO
Elections President elected by popular vote for a five-year term
Cabinet Cabinet appointed by cabinet
Prime Minister Appointed by President

Banking And Business

Banking & Office Hours Mon-Fri 07h30-12h30 and 14h00-17h30
GDP Purchasing Power Parity $29.17 billion (2006 est.)
Real Growth Rate 7.9% (2006 est.)
Per Capital $1,500 (2006 est.)
Composition By Sector                                     Agriculture 21.1%
Industry 30.9%
Services 48% (2006 est.)
Industries Food, beverages, chemicals (fertilizer, soap, paints), aluminum, petroleum products, textiles, cement, glass, asbestos, tobacco
Electricity Electricity Production 11.58 billion kWh (2004)
By source Fossil Fuel 2.9% , Hydro 97.1% , Other 0% , Nuclear 0%
Electricity Consumption 9.592 billion kWh (2004)
Electricity Exports 8.75 billion kWh (2004)
Electricity Imports 7.576 billion kWh (2004)
Transportation Railways Total 3,123 km
Narrow Gauge 2,983 km 1.067-m gauge; 140 km 0.762-m gauge (2006)
Highways Total: 30,400 km
Paved 5,685 km
Unpaved 24,715 km (1999)
Waterways 460 km (Zambezi River navigable to Tete and along Cahora Bassa Lake)
Harbours and Ports Beria, Inhamane, Maputo, Nacala, Pemba, Quelimane
Air Transport Maputo International Airline
Linhas Aereas de Mozambique
165 Official Airports (2002)
Economy Since 1987 the government has implemented a programme of economic liberalization and reform
Until 1999 Mozambique was the model under-developed country. Growth barriers: floods, corruption, lack of qualified people etc
Exports $2.429 billion f.o.b. (2006 est.)
Aluminum, prawns, cashew, cotton, sugar, citrus, timber, bulk electricity
Imports $2.815 billion f.o.b. (2006 est.)
Machinery and equipment, vehicles, fuel, chemicals, metal products, foodstuffs, textiles
Major trading partners South Africa

Schooling And Holidays

Public Holidays                           

Jan 01 New Years Day
Feb 03 Heroes’ Day
April 07 Day of the Mozambican Woman
May 01 Workers Day
June 25 Independence Day
September 07 Lusaka Agreement Day
September 25 Armed Forces Day
December 25 Christmas & National Family Day



Tv Stations

Radio Stations

Private Radio Stations

  • RTP Africa National
    Portugal rebroadcast
  • RTK Radio Maputo
  • Radio Miramar Maputo Only
    Affiliated to TV Miramar, Christian slant
  • Radio Maria Maputo
  • Radio Trans Mundial Maputo
  • Radio Capital Maputo
  • Radio Muthyana Maputo
  • Radio 9 Maputo
    Very popular, music format
    Some confusion arose when we discovered the Mozambique Government has allowed Radio Swaziland to broadcast on their 99fm frequency



  • Printed daily
  • Owned by the government and Reserve Bank of Mozambique
  • Rated as THE leading paper in Mozambique
  • Target market broad
  • Pro-government, topical, covering political and economical issues
  • Print Run 16 000 (10 500 Maputo, balance to the provinces)
Diario Mocambique
  • Printed daily
  • Owned by Impressao Grafica. (Impressao Grafica are printers based in Mozambique and print other newspaper like Fem Semana)
  • This paper covers political and business issues
  • Print Run 7000 (2 500 Maputo, balance to the provinces)

Outdoor Media

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