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    24 November, 2010
Agreements with Portuguese contractors
Maputo, 24 Nov (AIM) – Mozambican and Portuguese building companies on 24 November agreed to form partnerships aimed at transferring technology and training staff.

The agreements were signed in Maputo between the Mozambican Federation of Contractors (FME), and the Association of Civil Construction and Public Works Industries (AICCOPN), based in the northern Portuguese city of Oporto. For the training component, the agreements were between the Machava Professional Training Centre in southern Mozambique, and the Civil Construction Professional Training Centre of Northern Portugal (CICCOPN).

According to the FME chairperson, Agostinho Vuma, the agreements will allow Mozambican contractors to increase their technical and financial capacity. “In this partnership with Portugal, we are prioritizing the transfer of technology”, he said, “We recognise the capacity of the Portuguese contractors, and we think this is an opportunity to increase our own capacity”.

“Currently our technical capacity is limited – from management right down to micro level”, admitted Vuma. “Staff training should prioritise management, administration and procurement”.

For Vuma, the partnership with Portugal is “strategic”, in that it will enable Mozambican contractors to take advantage of packages financed by the European Union, and which require that Mozambican companies work in partnership with EU-based companies.

The chairperson of the AICCOPN, Reis Campos, described Mozambique as “a market of strategic interest” for Portuguese contractors.

He said the Portuguese companies can offer Mozambique state-of-the-art technology, and the possibility of training staff at the Training Centre for the Building Industry in Oporto. In exchange, the Portuguese companies would want to participate in building work in Mozambique in partnership with the Mozambican firms.

“The Portuguese companies have shown that they are capable in terms of engineering and construction, and are of recognised quality”, Campos said. “We have our technology to offer, and we hope to participate in the public works that Mozambique intends to undertake in the coming period”.
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