The President of Mozambique, His Excellency Armando Emilio Guebuza, paid a State Visit to Ireland between 3rd and 6th of June 2014.
He was accompanied by The Minister of Industry & Trade Mr Armando Inroga and the Minister for Agriculture Mr Jose Pacheco and by representatives of business and trade organisations who participated in a Mozambique-Ireland Business Forum on June 5th at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.
The Construction and Geosciences Module of the Business Forum in which Minister Inroga participated, was chaired by Keon Verbruggen, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland. Geoscience Ireland was introduced by Sean Finlay and Geoscience Ireland members SLR Consulting and Nicholas O’Dwyer Consulting Engineers presented a number of case studies of projects undertaken by them in Mozambique. Dr Deirdre Lewis of SLR has worked on technical assistance to the artisanal mining sector; institutional reform of the Directorate of Mines; and stakeholder engagement for a gold mining project. Michel Davitt of Nicholas O’Dwyer outlined major road and water supply and treatment projects in Mozambique and several similar projects in neighbouring SADAC countries.
Other presentations included a description by Michael Carvill of the $1 billion investment by Irish based mining company Kenmare Resources in its Moma mineral sands development. Projects by Kentz, an Irish based engineering project manager and contractor, were described by Colin Crowley and Marte Muendane; Kentz is undertaking major projects in aluminium smelting, coal and mineral sands developments.
The Director General of GAZEDA, Mr Danilo Nala, also presented on progress in the creation of the Special Economic Zones for mining, oil & gas, tourism and agriculture.
The Forum concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on trade and competitiveness by Ireland’s Minister for Trade Joe Costello TD and Minister Armando Inroga.
Commenting on the event, Koen Verbruggen said;
“The Mozambique–Ireland Business Forum organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs was an opportunity to showcase exemplary Irish expertise in developing important projects driving Mozambique’s rapidly developing economy. I look forward to further participation by Geoscience Ireland in this market.”