Russian firm plans to set up assembly plant in Mozambique

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Maputo  – The Russian company Kamaz, which manufactures heavy and light vehicles for military and civilian purposes, is interested in setting up an assembly plant in Mozambique.

According to Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, speaking to the reporters who accompanied him to the Russia-Africa summit, such a plant would sell vehicles to the entire market of the SADC region.

 Before the end of this year, he added, a team from Kamaz should visit Maputo to look into the conditions and facilities that could be offered by the Mozambican government.  

 Another major Russian company interested in doing business in Mozambique is Alrosa, a world leader in the mining, processing and marketing of diamonds. Once the presence of diamonds in the Mozambican subsoil is established, Alrosa hopes to set up a processing plant, in line with the Mozambican government’s policy of adding value to the country’s natural resources.

 Cited by Radio Mozambique, Nyusi made a positive assessment of Mozambique’s participation at the summit, held over two days in the Black Sea city of Sochi, because it had re-launched cooperation between Mozambique and Russia.

He said that the cooperation platform opened between Russia and African countries shows that the African continent is gaining in maturity to indentify “the right partners” in its development.

Nyusi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom he discussed the Mozambican elections of last week, and the security situation in the country. Putin had said that Russia will support Mozambican companies through the investments it plans to make in Mozambique.

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