Mozambique—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

The discovery of huge natural gas deposits offshore from Mozambique has the potential to transform the country’s development. Area 4, a deepwater block containing 85 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, will support a world-class liquified natural gas (LNG) project and billions of dollars in investment. DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) is working with ExxonMobil, on behalf of Mozambique Rovuma Venture and its Area 4 partners, to help ensure local businesses can benefit from these investments.

To do so, SBG will establish and operate an Enterprise Development Center (EDC) in Mozambique. The Center will collaborate with the government of Mozambique and the private sector to provide Mozambican enterprises with skills to participate in a variety of growth industries in the country. The Center’s first office is expected to open in Maputo in the first half of 2020, with offices in Pemba and Palma to follow.

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The EDC will serve as a platform to develop qualified, competitive Mozambican businesses. Mozambique Enterprise Solutions—a joint venture between DAI and woman-owned local partner TPLA—will design the Center, providing business assessments, consulting and advisory services, training services, assistance with quality and safety certification requirements, and information on accessing capital. Mozambican companies will receive personalized feedback to highlight strengths, identify opportunity areas, and provide practical recommendations for overall capacity development. The EDC will also host seminars, business training sessions, and information on project and contractor procurement procedures.

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