Mozambique—MozUp Enterprise Development Center

Client: ExxonMobil Moçambique, Limitada, on behalf of Mozambique Rovuma Venture and the Rovuma LNG Area 4 partners

Duration: 2019-2024

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Mozambique

Solutions: Sustainable Business

MozUp is the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) in Mozambique supporting Mozambican small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become competitive and capable suppliers of the nascent natural gas sector and other growing sectors of the local economy. The Center is operated by Mozambique Enterprise for Sustainability, a joint venture between DAI and Mozambican implementing partner Taciana Peão Lopes Consulting.

Sponsored by Area 4 Partners of the Rovuma Basin in Mozambique, MozUp was launched in 2020 to strengthen Mozambican businesses and create a more competitive and capable marketplace across the various growing sectors of the Mozambican economy, including the liquefied natural gas sector. Working with local SMEs, MozUp provides training, mentoring, advisory, and networking opportunities to improve business processes, management, and overall operations, including the promotion of ethical business practices.

MozUp opened its first office in Maputo in 2020, providing in-person assistance to SMEs as well as virtual services to SMEs across the country. In May 2023, MozUp opened its second office in Pemba, expanding its physical reach to SMEs in Cabo Delgado and the northern region of the country.

Since its launch, MozUp has contributed to the development and growth of SMEs and their workforce, providing them with access to new skills and opportunities, with many SMEs attributing new contract awards to MozUp activities and support.

Select Results

  • Empowered 2,546 businesses to register on the Supplier Registration Portal.https://mz.rovumalngsrp.com/
  • Delivered 149 trainings through a mix of live webinars and in-person sessions, across 19 fit-for-purpose training curricula focused on key areas to improve SME competitiveness.
  • More than 4,500 people participated in MozUp training from entities across Mozambique, including 43 percent women.
  • More than 950 companies participated in MozUp training activities, attending on average five trainings each.
  • Mentored 10 entities through ISO quality compliance, with six obtaining certification to date.
  • Implemented five business-to-business networking events with MozUp partners with nearly 150 participants from local small firms.
  • Supported nine access-to-finance seminars with 217 participants representing 173 companies, connecting businesses to financial products and services.

About Area 4 Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin in Mozambique is operated by Mozambique Rovuma Venture S.p.A. (MRV), an incorporated joint venture owned by ExxonMobil, Eni and CNPC, which holds a 70 percent interest in the Area 4 exploration and production concession contract. In addition to MRV, Galp, KOGAS, and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos E.P. each hold a 10 percent interest in Area 4. ExxonMobil is leading the construction and operation of natural gas liquefaction and related facilities on behalf of MRV, and Eni is leading the construction and operation of upstream facilities.

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