In a historical gathering, Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique, participated on the commemorations of the 120th anniversary of the Maputo Port, the nation’s largest maritime gateway.
The occasion was marked by a reflection on the port’s journey through time, its pivotal role in economic development, and its enduring cultural and historical significance.
Addressing a captivated audience, the President remarked that Maputo Port’s evolution over the past century serves as a testament to the nation’s resilience and determination. Despite navigating through tumultuous periods shaped by regional dynamics and economic interdependencies, the port has emerged as a symbol of national pride and progress.
The President underscored that Maputo Port’s impact transcends its physical infrastructure. It carries the imprints of countless workers and their emotions, joys, and struggles.
Beyond its economic contributions through job creation, export revenues, and efficient cargo movement, the port encapsulates the shared history of Mozambicans who dedicated themselves to its growth.
Highlighting the port’s role in regional relationships, the President emphasized its significance in connecting neighboring countries and fostering economic development. The historic ties between Maputo Port and the city itself have been instrumental in shaping the nation’s progress, both pre and post-independence.
Throughout his address, the President took the audience on a journey through key milestones in the port’s history. From its inception in 1890 to the inauguration of the Gorjão pier in 1903, each phase represents an economic, political, and cultural milestone. Notably, the President recounted the period following the arbitration of Delagoa Bay to Portugal (now Mozambique), which marked a turning point in the entire region’s historical narrative.
The President acknowledged the instrumental role of the Mozambique Railways and its workforce highlighting their commitment to modernization in response to evolving market dynamics ensuring that the port remained competitive.
Undoubtedly, Maputo Port’s legacy has not been without challenges. Post-independence disruptions, apartheid’s impact, and regional changes have tested its resilience. However, recent years have seen the successful collaboration between the government and the private sector, resulting in remarkable growth and operational efficiency.
Investments by the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) and Mozambique Railways (CFM) have led to substantial improvements and it is motivating ports and railways to work together to reduce road volume.
The port’s capacity for cargo movement has surged from 5 million tons in 2003 to an impressive 27 million tons in 2022. This progress reflects a comprehensive approach, including modernization of infrastructure and a focus on human capital development.
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Concluding his address, the President asserted that the port’s modern infrastructure, efficient management, and dedicated workforce continue to fuel Mozambique’s economic growth, attract investments, and generate employment opportunities.
In the grand tapestry of Mozambique’s history, Maputo Port stands as a testament to the nation’s enduring spirit and its ability to transform challenges into opportunities. The port’s evolution and achievements over the past 120 years serve as a source of inspiration for Mozambicans and a beacon of progress for generations to come.