African Development Bank (AfDB) technicians on Monday began a training course aimed at managers of public institutions in Mozambique focused on planning and negotiation of gas production and distribution contracts.
The five-day technical and legal training course is taking place in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, covering 40 technicians in the mining, finance and public works sectors.
João Mabombo, a representative of the AfDB, pointed out that despite the progress already made, there are still “weaknesses and shortcomings” of technicians in Mozambique in negotiating contracts with foreign groups operating in the country.
“Mozambique still does not have the necessary staff to negotiate on an equal basis with the entities that represent these groups,” the AIM news agency quoted him as saying.
The training seminar is the result of a request from the Mozambican government to the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), an AfDB body that provides technical and legal assistance to African countries in dealing with complex commercial transactions and litigation. (Source: Macauhub/MZ)