- Pressemitteilung BoxID 131078
Government of Mozambique and ICF Announce Partnership to improve Business Life Cycles in Tourism Industry
Project marks ICF's first project in Mozambique
The twelve month project, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, will establish five regional one-stop-shops in Maputo, Cabo Delgado, Inhambane, Sofala and Gaza. These priority areas are rich in tourism activity and potential, ranging from hotels, tour operators and commercial activities such as craft markets to restaurants and diving centers.
The project aims to reduce the number of days associated with registering and licensing a business in Mozambique from 175 to 13 days for medium to large sized businesses, and 30 days to just one day for small businesses.
Currently, one-stop-shops (BAUs) dedicated to registering small sized businesses across a variety of economic sectors including tourism, exist in each province of the country. This new project will see the establishment of new one-stop-shops in the five TIAs specifically dedicated to registering and licensing tourism businesses of all sizes (including small tourism businesses currently registered by the existing BAUs).
In addition to streamlining business registration and licensing procedures for tourism related enterprises of all sizes, medium to large-sized businesses will also benefit from environmental impact assessment and land-lease (DUAT) licensing. The project is ICF's first project in Mozambique and if successful, will be extended to other licensing activities in the country.
The CEO of ICF, Mr Omari Issa, said: "Straightforward and timely business registration, licensing and closure procedures are crucial pre-requisites for a healthy investment climate.
The tourism industry in Mozambique has witnessed rapid growth in recent years. The number of international tourists visiting the country increased from 470,000 in 2004 to a remarkable one million in 2008, and revenue from the sector has soared by 90%. By making business registration and licensing easier for tourism businesses, we hope to build on this success by attracting increased domestic and foreign investment into the sector, making the Mozambique economy even more dynamic and globally competitive."
The project represents ICF's sixth project in the area of business licensing and registration -similar projects are currently active in Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Liberia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
ICF was established in 2006 to remove the barriers that currently exist to doing business in Africa. ICF is currently active in eleven African countries and is working on four pan-regional projects and four special initiatives.
For more information on ICF visit www.icfafrica.org
Investment Climate Facility for Africa
The Investment Climate Facility for Africa is a unique public-private partnership between government and business that aims to help Africa create a more attractive business environment and realize its potential as a global player and trading partner. ICF works to remove real and perceived obstacles to domestic and foreign investment by assisting Africans to prepare and promote the continent as an investment destination. ICF success is measured against higher levels of investment, faster economic growth, enhanced business opportunities and sustained returns for investment. The ICF has the support of key Africa institutions, international development partners and private sector companies.
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