Mozambique lies about south-east of the African continent. It is bordered by the warm Indian Ocean on the east and countries Tanzania in the north, Malawi and Zambia in the northwest, Zimbabwe in the west, Swaziland and South Africa in the south west. The country has an estimate of over 24 million people with a variety of languages spoken. Some languages include Portuguese, a variety of Bantu languages and Ndau, Swahili, Tsonga, Makhuwa, Sena, and English. Languages spoken by most of the local Mozambicans include Makonde. Lomwe, Chopi, Chuwabu, Ronga, Zulu and Tswa.
Records show that from as early as the 1st and 5th centuries Bantu nations migrated to the area known as Mozambique. In those early years an economy was already being established as the Bantus established farms, mainly herds of cattle, but also grew fruit and vegetables for sustenance. They also knew techniques of how to smelt iron. Later on trade between the Arabs, Persians and Portuguese took place, this included precious metals as well as people as slaves.
In later years between 1498 and 1975, Mozambique was colonized by the Portuguese and formed the Chikunda an African slave army. Slavery was rife in the country, people were sold and bought by African tribal chiefs, Arabs and Portuguese to Europe and other traders.
The country fought back for liberation in the Mozambican War of Independence (1964-1974) and gained independence in 1975.
After being hit with a disastrous cyclone “El Nino” in 2000, the country managed to pick up the pieces of a devastated economy and the loss of many lives with the help of other nations who stood together to aid with food, medical assistance and more. Today Mozambique strives to continue being strong and growing as a nation. The country has stability and welcomes visitors, investors and promotes developing the economic status as well as social standards. The climate is mostly tropical and sunny and here visitors can expect amongst friendly locals, a rather laid back lifestyle.
Business opportunities & economy
The overall economy of Mozambique has reportedly grown at 7% over 5 years according to a 2016 Index of Economic Freedom report. Income from foreign investors not only helps the country to grow economically, but also creates jobs and is beneficial for the investor.
Some of the main sectors for lucrative investment include:
• Logistics and Warehousing
• Real estate
Jobs are available in major sectors for qualified professionals, however, there are some rules and regularities that the foreign worker will need to get use to.
Visitors should take vaccinations before entering the country and be aware of HIV/AIDS which is widespread within the country. Tap water should not be drunk at all, rather bottled or boiled water and swimming in open water is unsafe. There aren’t proper health care facilities and many of the locals have to travel for major treatment procedures. Maputo has one private hospital which is the country’s first. There are however, also many pharmacies throughout the capital city.
The standard for education in the country is low and many children drop out of school from as early as 14 years old to seek work. There are a few international schools of which immigrants and expats can take the liberty to send their children to.
Immigration to Mozambique is not a simple affair and often involves a few steps with different visas before one lands on the right permit for the long term. Contact us to get the ball rolling on your immigration permits for Mozambique.