In the media
Findings from the ‘Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms 2017’ covered by Mozambican media

On 23 April, the ‘Inclusive Growth in Mozambique’ project hosted a public forum at the Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo. At the event UNU-WIDER and its partners published the ‘Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms 2017’ (IIM 2017) and shared key results from the report. Findings shed light on the current challenges faced by micro-, small- and medium-sized firms in the country’s manufacturing sector. Furthermore, the report provides insight on how these challenges can be tackled though policy, creating more favourable conditions for Mozambican manufacturing firms to thrive in the future.

Some of the report’s key findings include entrepreneurs’ lack of knowledge relating to relevant laws as reported in the O País article ‘Falta de conhecimento sobre leis compromete crescimento da indústria manufactureira’. This was corroborated by UNU-WIDER Research Fellow Ricardo Santos in an interview with STV evening news, in which he notes that the lack of clarity in rules and laws in relation to registering and formalizing companies is clearly a challenge in the country.

In an article by Club of Mozambique, an online news platform, UNU-WIDER Director Finn Tarp discusses the current challenges for manufacturing firms, noting that the low number of firms that export clearly shows how far the country is from reaching its potential. You can access the full article ‘Most manufacturing companies in Mozambique do not export’.

About the report

This report documents the principal findings of the 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms (IIM 2017). The survey was planned and implemented by researchers from the Development Economics Research Group (DERG) at the University of Copenhagen, the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), and the Centre of Economic and Management Studies (CEEG) at the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo. 

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