There are good prospects for the performance of the Mozambican economy this year, the new Prime Minister, Adriano Maleiane, told the country’s parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday.
Key to improved performance, he said, were the investments under way in key sectors of the economy, including the extraction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) off the coast of the northern province of Cabo Delgado, and the positive impact of the easing of the restrictions that the government had imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the start of a session where the government responds to the deputies’ requests for information, Maleiane said that the positive trends began in 2021, with an environment of political stability, allowing the normal functioning of state institutions, despite the continuing challenge of the fight against terrorism in Cabo Delgado.
Maleiane said that the easing of the restrictive Covid-19 measures, the successful mass vaccination campaign, and the improvement of internal and external demand, had all helped drive a recovery of economic activity.
Economic growth in 2021, he continued, was back in positive territory. The economy grew by 2.16 per cent, compared with a decline in economic growth of 1.3 per cent in 2020
Contributing to this economic growth, said the Prime Minister, were the dynamics and positive performance of the sectors of agriculture, fisheries, financial services, trade, health and social welfare, education and public administration.
Average annual inflation in 2021, he said, was 5.7 per cent, lower than the average for sub-Saharan Africa of 7.9 per cent.
Maleiane stressed the government’s commitment to electrification. He said that, by the end of 2022, a further 500,000 homes would have electricity, some from the national grid, some through isolated systems (mostly dependent on solar panels). A further 77 administrative posts, across the country, would be electrified.
As for water supply, he promised the rehabilitation and expansion of 15 water systems in cities and towns, and 24 in rural areas. There would be a further 23,000 domestic connections to water systems in urban areas.
In health, said Maleiane, five new district hospitals will be built – in Montepuez (Cabo Delgado province), Sussundenga (Manica), Buzi (Sofala), Mopeia (Zambezia), and Matutuine (Maputo), Two general hospitals would be completed, in Beira and Nampula.