The Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA) of Mozambique, the country’s largest employers’ association, on Friday said that 76 national companies are interested in importing and producing Covid-19 protection material.
“We have mapped out and we have a list of 76 companies throughout the country, which are not only interested in importing, but also converting their production capacities,” CTA Executive Director Eduardo Sengo said at a press conference.
Sengo said companies are already producing visors and masks as part of the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The country can produce alcohol used in disinfection.
The companies are prepared to convert their technology to the production of protective materials for the new coronavirus, he said.
CTA’s executive director said the creation of production capacity for materials needed to prevent Covid-19 would help alleviate the foreign exchange pressures arising from the demand for foreign currency to support imports.
Regarding this, the Mozambican executive should make more flexible the provision of a US$500M (€463.1M) line of funding to support companies that can act in the fight against Covid-19.
“It is very important to consider the internal market, given the restrictions in the availability of foreign currency,” he said.
Mozambique so far registered 76 positive cases of infection by the new coronavirus, nine recoveries and no deaths.
Source: Lusa via Club of Mozambique