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Government/Foreign Direct Investment, Energy, Emerging Markets

FT Mozambique Summit

Reducing investment risk through better business practices

Maputo |
Speakers include:
Oldemiro Baloi

Oldemiro Baloi

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Republic of Mozambique

Filipe Nyusi

Filipe Nyusi

President, Republic of Mozambique

Ernesto Tonela

Ernesto Tonela

Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of Mozambique


The summit will debate a viable programme for stronger growth and less risk. Join local and international leaders and understand how to do better business in Mozambique.

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Agenda - 9th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Refreshments
  • 8:50am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Opening Keynote
  • 9:20am
    Keynote Interview: In-depth Review of the Current Economic State of Play: Measures to Strengthen the Economy and Tackle Debt
  • 9:40am
    Strategies to Thrive in A Dynamic Global Economic Landscape: Perspectives from a Pan-African bank

    Sim Tshababla, CEO, Standard Bank Group

  • 10:00am
    Investment Focus Panel: Mapping the Macro-Economic Landscape: Rebuilding Confidence in the Post Debt Crisis

    Mozambique's growth prospects are diverse but unstable and they differ from sector by sector.

    In this panel we examine the possibilities across some key investment sectors ie agriculture, infrastructure, mining, oil and gas and manufacturing:

    • What is the bigger picture for GDP growth and debt?
    • How do we avoid the ‘Dutch disease’: what can be done to redress the balance of investment?
    • What is the current state of agricultural production from feed production to cash crops ie cashews, tobacco and sugar
    • Rapid infrastructure growth: how does this affect transport capacity and logistics?
    • What real estate investments offer the best growth potential: hotels, malls and restaurants
    • What is the current state of manufacturing from food production to drinks and wood?
    • How resilient is the future of the mining industry?
    • Investment and ROI on energy including solar and hydro power
    • Round-up: What are the top industries and projects worth investing in?

    Rogério Zandamela, Governor, Bank of Mozambique

    MD Ramesh, President and Regional Head – South & East Africa, Olam International

  • 10:40am
    Networking break
  • 11:00am
    Keynote Interview: Realising the Transformative Power of LNG Exploration
    • Will gas resources be able to maintain their promise to transform Mozambique’s economy?
    • Factoring in country debt levels and low fuel prices: pricing in a lower confidence market
    • How will incremental growth match predictions of global and local energy demand?
    • Will the cost of exploration dampen negotiation of commercial agreements?
    • Emerging partnership opportunities from India, Japan and across Asia 
  • 11:40am
    Legislation Spotlight: Navigating Regulatory Challenges Specific to Mozambique
    • Examining opportunities for investment: which are the key regulations that co-investors and new entrants must consider
    • New labour and employment laws and legalisation of highly qualified expatriates
    • Local vs external human capital
    • The need for simpler rules for developing countries
    • Changes needed to the legal framework for emerging banking and payments: how can this become more market-friendly?
    • Tax administration and compliance
  • 12:00pm
    Best Practice Focus Session: Doing Better Business in Mozambique: What do foreign investors need to consider?

    Where does the economy stand today? What does it take to start a business or grow a partnership successfully in Mozambique? Economies around the world are taking steps to make it easier for investors to forge ahead with their plans more rapidly and Mozambique is by no means behind the curve on this initiative.  This session will focus on the procedures being enabled by faster technology, the legal and regulatory hurdles to overcome and what is being done to reduce or eliminate minimum capital requirements. What are the operational costs of doing business in Mozambique?  Take a closer look at the step by step business registration and investment stages that are needed to take place to start seeing a return on international investment for all parties involved.

  • 12:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Easing the Way Forward for International Investors

    The banking system in Mozambique lacks competition with assets concentrated in three key banks which are closely linked to the Portuguese banking industry. Supervision ability has improved with the completion of banking crisis resolution framework but there remains some work to be done. Interest rates on loans would be much lower if the Mozambican financial system were more competitive. This panel will discuss:

    • Impact and implications of foreign direct investments on ‘Africapitalism’
    • Assessing ongoing political and regulatory risks
    • Attracting financial services companies to Maputo: working with national investors and banks
    • Basel II standardised approaches for credit risk: adoption by Mozambique
    • Banking structures: regulation, foreign capital and skills
    • Low cost remittances: mapping potential effects of Abra, Ripple and SADC
    • What will be the speed of adoption for Blockchain, automation and agile technology?
    • Future of cash
  • 1:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Communications Panel: Growth through Evolving Digital Infrastructure: Eco-Systems to Accelerate Telecommunications, Media and Tech

    Mozambique has massive potential and much of this can be enabled through the growth of the telecoms industry as a vital component to the country’s economic growth.  How does emerging digital media growth affect all aspects of the business and social environment? Mozambique needs to maintain its place and penetration to improve the infrastructure needed to manage the rapid increase in data usage and the need for better connectivity, particularly in rural areas.

    This panel will discuss:

    • How digital platforms are enabling business growth across telecoms, payments and mobile
    • How can social media help to drive digital transformation and shape Mozambique’s digital future?
    • The role and network expansion of broadband infrastructure
    • Leapfrogging more mature countries via mobile and handset adoption and volumes
  • 2:20pm
    Interview: Supporting Future Business in Mozambique: Ignite More Rapid Regrowth of Mozambican Economy

    Chuma Nwokocha, Chief Executive, Standard Bank, Mozambique

  • 3:00pm
    Panel Discussion: Supporting Entrepreneurs via Private and Public Partnerships in Mozambique

    The importance of entrepreneurship in accelerating Mozambique’s development cannot be overstated, however, conditions for successful sustainable entrepreneurial projects can be difficult. One of the ways to support innovation from local community is through collaboration with key global and local organisations. Panellists will discuss the role entrepreneurship is currently playing in socioeconomic development as well as the unique challenges faced and key strategies to dealt with them.

    • What are the step by step process to take in new ventures in less stable emerging economies?
    • FinTech opportunities: examining viable and successful business partnerships
    • Infrastructure and financing needs: how will it evolve to help smaller and medium sized microenterprise development?
    • Case studies: The good, the bad and the ones that made it big
  • 3:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:00pm
    Interview: E-Commerce in Mozambique: Growth through Digital and Mobile Channels

    Online and mobile retailing is enjoying a time of greater growth as they move into a digital space. Where are the key opportunities for e-commerce in Mozambique and how is the consumer driving experiences? Where are the areas for growth, investment and cross-border expansion?

    • Reaching the rural community through mobile
    • Tracking the growth and future for banking and payments enabled by access to phone-based accounts
    • mKesh and m-Pesa: will they remain dominant for deposits, withdrawals, money transfer and payments?
    • Building a brand through loyalty and digital rewards
  • 4:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Mozambique’s Emerging Tourism as an Emerging Destination Investment Opportunity

    Sustainable growth in its tourism industry is helping Mozambique create much-needed jobs, attract foreign exchange, and is supporting broader economic development in the country. How can this resource be both protected and grown in increasing presence and popularity?

    This panel will look at:

    • What should investors plan for with new labour laws including conversation legislation?
    • How can Mozambique make practical improvements to support private tour operators?
    • Public-private partnerships: how to win hearts and minds through the involvement of local communities
    • Getting the right product, price development and services to attract international tourists
    • Case studies: how other regions have succeeded in a profitable tourism operation
  • 5:00pm
    Cultural Spotlight: Increasing cultural understanding of the nation’s culture and etiquette of doing business at both national and community level
  • 5:20pm
    Round-up panel: Doing Better Business in Mozambique: Fostering a Vibrant Investment and Trading Marketplace

    What does a winning pitch look like? How do you execute a deal in regard of due diligence, negotiation and term sheets? In this panel session delegates will gain valuable insights on the art of deal making in the Mozambique with context from Africa-focused investors and advisors.

    • What are the risks, challenges and benefits of doing business in the region? 
    • Balance legal considerations: local labour laws and new anti-bribery and anti-corruption law
    • Working at local community level: gaining confidence trust and endorsement
    • Access to finance and correct channels of approach from start to finish
    • The art of deal-making and negotiation in Mozambique
    • Examples of rejection and great success stories
  • 5:50pm
    Closing Keynote Address


  • 6:00pm
    Chair’s Closing Summation
  • 6:15pm
    Drinks Reception

Speakers (9)

Oldemiro Baloi

Oldemiro Baloi

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Republic of Mozambique
Filipe Nyusi

Filipe Nyusi

President, Republic of Mozambique
Ernesto Tonela

Ernesto Tonela

Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of Mozambique

Ernesto Max Elias Tonela is an economist trained at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane. Tonela was finance director of Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) in the era in which it was run by Jacinto Veloso. At the time of his nomination to become Minister of Industry and Commerce in 2015, he was the Administrator of Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB).

Leticia da Silva Klemens

Leticia da Silva Klemens

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Republic of Mozambique

H.E. Leticia da Silva Klemens has recently been appointed the new Minister of Mineral Sources and Energy, by the President of the Republic of Mozambique H.E. Filipe Nyisi. 

Leticia Klemens was born in August 15th, 1972 in Maputo. Graduated in Communications in 1998 and in Law in 2005 by the Higher Polytechnic University Institute, Klemens is a well-known business woman.

Adriano Maleiane

Adriano Maleiane

Minister of Economy and Finance
Republic of Mozambique

Adriano Afonso Maleiane is Mozambique’s Minister of Economy and Finance. Previously, he served as Governor of the Bank of Mozambique (1991-2006) where he oversaw the removal of the commercial banking arm and the restructuring of the Bank as purely a central bank. He participated in the foreign debt negotiation with the Paris and London clubs of creditors, which led to Mozambique’s HIPC debt cancellation.

Maleiane serves as Chair of the General Meeting (Presidente da Mesa da Assembleia Geral) of the Bank of Mozambique pension fund – Kuhanha; Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Maleseguros-Correctores de Seguros; Non-Executive Administrator of Tongaat Hulett as well as three companies in the Sasol Group in Mozambique; and Chair of the Board of Visabeira.

Maleiane has a degree in Economics from Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique) and holds an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of London

Sim Tshabalala

Sim Tshabalala

Joint CEO
Standard Bank Group

Simpiwe “Sim” Tshabalala is joint Chief Executive of the Standard Bank Group and Chief Executive of Standard Bank South Africa. Sim joined the Project Finance Division of Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank as head of structured finance in 2000, and worked himself up through the ranks, becoming a Director in 2000 and Managing Director of Stanbic Africa in 2001. In 2006 he was appointed Chief Executive of Personal and Business Banking, South Africa. In the same year, he completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Programme.

In March 2008, Sim was appointed as Chief Executive of Standard Bank South Africa. He was appointed as one of three Deputy Chief Executives of the Standard Bank Group in April 2009. In June 2012, Sim took on the additional responsibility for Corporate and Investment Banking’s client franchise in South Africa. In March 2013, Sim was appointed joint Chief Executive of the Standard Bank Group, extending his responsibilities to the banking businesses on the African continent outside South Africa and to the bank’s Wealth business, including Liberty Holdings. Sim sits on the Board of Standard Bank’s subsidiary in Nigeria, Stanbic IBTC. He is chairman of the Banking Association Main Board and is a member of the Board of Business Leadership South Africa.

MD Ramesh

MD Ramesh

President and Regional Head – South & East Africa
Olam International

Ramesh has made a distinguished career expertise in the Agri/Food Commodities sector in Africa. His Region spans from the DRC on the West coast to South Africa and all the way up to Sudan and Ethiopia. He joined Olam in its early years in Nigeria and has since worked in multiple countries across Africa. He headed Olam’s India operations at one time and commenced Olam’s trading desk in Europe before returning to Africa.

MDR has worked close to farmer groups, worked alongside government programs, set up and run logistics and processing operations and also set up distribution structures in African markets. He is widely consulted by banks, government structures, NPOs and by businesses. MDR has authored and published a book on his African experiences and currently lives in Durban with his wife.

Rogério  Zandamela

Rogério Zandamela

Bank of Mozambique
Chuma Nwokocha

Chuma Nwokocha

Chief Executive
Standard Bank, Mozambique

Chuma Nwokocha is the Chief Executive of Standard Bank, SA Mozambique; the country’s third largest bank and part of the Standard Bank Group, the largest banking group in Africa.

He has over 20 years experience of consulting and working in the Financial Services Industry. He joined Standard Bank in 2005 as the Chief Financial Officer and subsequently acted as its Chief Operating Officer for 2 years before being appointed the Head of Personal and Business Banking unit from where he assumed the office of the Chief Executive in February 2015. He sits on the Boards of the National Switch (SIMO) and Interbancos, a switch jointly owned with other banks

A Chartered Accountant by training, Chuma holds a first degree in Agricultural Economics as well as a Henley MBA. He is also a Tutu Fellow of the African Leadership Institute at Saïd Business School, Oxford


Chaired by (1)

David  Pilling

David Pilling

Africa Editor
Financial Times


For investors looking for above-average potential now is the right time to evaluate Mozambique’s prospects.  The question however remains - can the region eclipse its current debt levels by realising the long awaited LNG wealth that the reserves promise?  So far an economic tipping point has yet to transpire as the country continues to face challenges of regional drought, falling investment levels, political instability and rising debt. However, the outlook is optimistic and for those willing to take bold steps and who are able to move quickly, there are long to medium term gains to be gained with a predicted growth of at least 5.5% in 2017 and beyond.

A clearer vision is needed on how to leverage the country’s resources in order to transform and diversify its economy.  Largely bypassed by previous industrial revolutions, Mozambique is in a strong position to reap the benefits of global investment and regional partnerships.

  • At such a dynamic time, what are the real opportunities that exist for international investors and businesses? 
  • With a young and growing population, emerging resources and largely untapped markets, investors could provide the foundations for a country-wide renewal
  • How will this be powered by technological innovations
  • What can the country do to make it easier and more attractive for investors to collaborate and engage in trade deals?
  • Where are the key opportunities across energy, mining, banking, technology and tourism? How do you navigate business deals which are sensitive to culture and community needs? 

Further to last year’s successful event which welcomed seven key Ministers from the country, the FT Mozambique Summit 2017  will again be hosting an exclusive summit which gathers the country's political and leading local and international business leaders to debate a viable programme for accelerating the return to stronger growth and less risk. Join us to gain a clearer understanding on how to do better business in Mozambique.


Why should I attend?

  • Get key insights on how do business in Mozambique - culture, style language and customs in the business environment
  • Network with potential investors and decision makers
  • Understand the Government's strategy to attract foreign investment
  • Learn how communications and technology is evolving to support international players involvement
  • Asses risk, barriers to investment and long term financial rewards

Who will I be meeting?

The Summit will attract 200+ delegates from a cross-sector representation. The audience will include executives from corporates, financial services, consultancies and government bodies. Including:

  • C-suites executives
  • Heads of Investments
  • Heads of International Business
  • Heads of Finance
  • Heads of Africa
  • Country Directors and Managers
  • Ministerial officials and Ambassadors

Past speakers include

  • H.E. Carlos Agostinho Do Rosário, Prime Minister of Mozambique
  • H.E. Adriano Afonso Maleiane, Minister of Economy and Finance, Republic of Mozambique
  • H.E Leticia da Silva Klemens, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Republic of Mozambique
  • H.E. Celso Ismael Correia, Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Mozambique
  • H.E. Ernesto Max Elias Tonela, Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of Mozambique


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It was interesting to see the govenement officials position towards critical economic and financial matters related to Mozambique.
- French Embassy



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I could hear different opinion about the current situation in Mozambique and the trends and this is important for my work. 
- Sal & Caldeira Advogados, Lda.    



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Great value for money. It was a fruitful day and the keynote speakers and speakers (topics included) were of great relevance to the moment Mozambique is going through. Got key info from Government officials concerning "hot" topics and some "clear" indications on timing.
- Motorcare Lda 




Be in good company

Past attendees include:

Access Bank • Anadarko • Banco Único • CDC Group • Deloitte • ENI • International Finance Corporation • Norfund • Maersk Mozambique Lda •  Mediacop • Odebrecht Serviços no Exterior • OLAM International • Radission Blu • Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe • Sasol Petroleum • Siemens • Soico • South African Airway • Standard Bank • Uber • Unilever 


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Lead partner (1)

Standard Bank Mozambique is member of Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets. Established in Mozambique for over a century and with a wide network of branches throughout the country, Standard Bank provides the full spectrum of financial services ranging from retail to corporate banking.

Its Corporate & Investment Banking division serves a wide range of requirements for banking, finance, trading, investment and advisory services. The Corporate and Investment Banking division delivers this comprehensive range of products and services relating to: investment banking; global markets; and global transactional products and services.

Standard Bank’s personal & business banking offers banking and other financial services to individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, which includes mortgage lending, instalment sale and finance leases, card products, transaction and lending products, and bancassurance.

About Standard Bank Group

The Standard Bank Group is the largest African banking group by assets with approximately USD 128 billion in assets at 31 December 2015. It has operations in 20 African countries, including South Africa, and representative offices in key markets around the world, including New York. Standard Bank has a clear purpose: Africa is our home, we drive her growth.

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