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FDI in Figures

Mozambique is an important destination country for FDI in South-East Africa. The country recorded historically high FDI inflows levels in 2013, reaching more than USD 6 billion, but they have decreased since then. According to the UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2021, FDI inflows into the country increased by 6% to USD 2.3 billion in 2020, up from USD 2.2 billion in 2019, despite the global economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, the stock of FDI was about USD 45.4 billion. According to UNCTAD’ Investment Trends Monitor, global FDI flows rebounded strongly in 2021, but FDI flows to African countries (excluding South Africa) rose only moderately. The implementation of the USD 20 billion investment led by TotalEnergies (France) in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project has been suspended due to insecurity in Cabo Delgado. The project led by Exxon Mobil in export terminals has also been delayed. Foreign investors are primarily interested in the country's mining, hydrocarbon, energy, logistics, retail and real estate sectors. There is a growing interest in the coal industry. Mozambique's main foreign investors are the United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, China, Italy, the United States, South Africa, Portugal and Turkey.

The government has consistently implemented reforms, maintained sound economic policies, and put in place a privatisation programme for public companies to attract FDI. In addition to its abundant natural resources, the country's access to the sea provides a significant advantage compared to its land-locked neighbours. The country has significant and varied natural resources (energy, mines, agriculture, forestry, and fishing) and its geographical location offers a serious advantage in the transportation field. However, the hidden debts scandal that broke in 2016 tarnished the image of the government and impacted investors’ confidence in the economy. The Islamist insurgency in Cabo Delgado, a key region for gas production causes delays in LNG projects. Mozambique only ranks 138th out of 190 countries in the World Bank 2020 Doing Business report, losing three places compared to 2019. Poor governance, an unstable political and security environment, inadequate transport and port infrastructure, vulnerability to natural disasters and the current sovereign debt crisis are the main factors hampering FDI.

 
Foreign Direct Investment 201820192020
FDI Inward Flow (million USD) 2,7032,2122,337
FDI Stock (million USD) 40,71242,89345,384
Number of Greenfield Investments* 15258
Value of Greenfield Investments (million USD) 1,940833646

Source: UNCTAD, Latest available data

Note: * Greenfield Investments are a form of Foreign Direct Investment where a parent company starts a new venture in a foreign country by constructing new operational facilities from the ground up.

 
Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors Mozambique Sub-Saharan Africa United States Germany
Index of Transaction Transparency* 5.0 5.5 7.0 5.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 4.0 3.5 9.0 5.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 7.0 5.5 9.0 5.0

Source: Doing Business, Latest available data

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action.

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What to consider if you invest in Mozambique

Strong Points

Some of the reasons to invest in Mozambique are:

  • a favourable geographic location, with its long coastline and the proximity to southern African markets
  • the country's economic growth
  • a young (65.48% of the population is under 25 years old - CIA World Factbook, est. 2020) and growing population
  • good investment opportunities in infrastructure and the extraction of minerals (especially graphite, coal, and gemstones)
  • the country's liquefied natural gas reserves (Mozambique is Africa’s third-largest holder LNG, with reserves of around 180 trillion cubic feet)
  • the launch of "mega-projects" expected in several sectors (liquefied gas, infrastructure, etc.)
  • very favourable business climate: Mozambique uses the unilateral method to avoid double taxation of income of resident and permanent non-resident companies
Weak Points

FDI investment has slowed dramatically since 2015, largely due to a drop in commodity prices (especially coal and aluminium) and slow negotiations in the development of hydrocarbon projects.
Among the factors that hinder FDI inflows there are:

  • a fragile political situation and governance weaknesses
  • overtasked judiciary system prone to being influenced by influential local interests
  • public institutions have differing levels of enforcement and capacity to implement legislation
  • lengthy registration procedures
  • no private property rights on land: the government owns all land, privates can only lease
  • lack of diversification, with a dependence on raw material prices (aluminium, coal)
  • inadequate transport and port infrastructures limiting the country’s raw material export capacity.
  • attacks in 2018 fueled a new terrorist threat in the country
  • aid, grant and loan dependency
Government Measures to Motivate or Restrict FDI
In 2017, the Mozambican government approved a new regulation to facilitate the obtention of visas for foreign nationals willing to invest in Mozambique. The measure reduced the minimum investment amount required from USD 50 million to USD 500,000 for an investment visa.
The Code of Fiscal Benefits contains specific incentives granted to entities that intend to invest in certain geographical areas in Mozambique that have natural resource potential, but which lack infrastructure and have low levels of economic activity. Mozambique counts seven free trade zones offering various tax exemptions based on the investment sector and the location of the project.
The Ministers Council merged the Investment Promotion Centre (CPI), the Office of Economic Zones for Accelerated Development (GAZEDA-Portuguese acronym), and the Institute for the Promotion of Exports (IPEX- Portuguese acronym), creating the Agency for Investment Promotion and Exports (APIEX in its Portuguese acronym).

Find out more about Investment Service Providers in Mozambique on GlobalTrade.net, the Directory for International Trade Service Providers.

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