• Mozambique

    Formerly one of the world’s poorest countries, Mozambique has benefited from various macroeconomic reforms – the country grew at an average annual rate of 6% to 8% in the decade up to 2014, one of Africa’s strongest performances. While subsistence agriculture employs the vast majority of the country’s workforce, Mozambique’s ability to attract large investment projects in its vast natural resources is expected to extend high growth rates in coming years. These resources include natural gas, coal, titanium and hydroelectric capacity. The country is also home to Cahora Bassa hydroelectric generation station, which is a significant contributor to the Southern African power pool.

    Name Republic of Mozambique

    Capital Maputo

    Frequency of elections Every five years

    Name of parliament Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique

    Parliament website www.portaldogoverno.gov.mz

    Languages Emakhuwa, Portuguese, Xichangana, Cisena, Elomwe, Echuwabo

    Area 799 380 km2

    Population 24 692 144 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Machinery and equipment, vehicles, fuel, chemicals, metal products, foodstuffs, textiles

    Exports Aluminium, prawns, cashews, cotton, sugar, citrus, timber, bulk electricity

    Currency Meticai

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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