Seventy-nine Mozambican companies have received the “Made in Mozambique” stamp since the Ministry of Industry and Trade launched the campaign to “produce Mozambican, consume Mozambican, export Mozambican” in 2005.
The number will rise to 82 when three companies in the northern province of Nampula are certified with the stamp Friday.
On Monday December 17th, 20 Maputo and province-based companies were awarded the stamp and its accompanying certificates.
They included companies in clothing, insurance, mineral water, furniture, printing, language teaching, travel agencies and cable TV.
At the ceremony, the Minister of Industry and Trade, Antonio Fernando, said the results of the campaign are visible, since many Mozambican goods are now competing with foreign products sold on the Mozambican market.
He gave an example of frozen chicken, which has now “gained in competitiveness,” compared with the chickens imported from South Africa or Brazil.
“Our mineral water, potatoes and beef are also competing in the market, and Mozambican consumers show a preference for them,” he added.
Fernando took the opportunity to urge the companies certified Monday, to themselves purchase Mozambican goods whenever possible, thus serving as an example to the rest of the country.
He recalled that one of the objectives of the campaign was to revive Mozambican industries and to increase the domestic consumption of their products – which meant improving their quality.
This means one of the main requirements for obtaining the “Made in Mozambique” certificate is that the company concerned must produce goods of high quality that can compete with those from other countries.