BERLIN, — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has told German businessmen that his government is determined to remove all barriers which hinder the implementation of economic projects.

Speaking in Berlin at a Mozambique-Germany Business Forum Wednesday, Nyusi said the government intended to remove all bureaucratic and procedural obstacles that hold up economic projects and make them more expensive.

Attending the Forum, held on the second day of Nyusi’s official visit to Germany, were about 50 German business people and 40 representatives of Mozambican public and private companies.

Nyusi said he was convinced that the presence of more German investors in Mozambique, and their interaction with Mozambican enterprises, would create jobs and help develop human capital, which are among the government’s top priorities.

Nyusi said he was encouraged by the strength of the German economy which seemed “unshakeable”. Germany was now “one of the three largest global exporters, has the highest per capita growth rate in the developed world, and an unemployment rate much lower than the average in the Euro Zone,” he noted.

He added that Mozambique was seeking “quality investments” from Germany which can galvanise the efforts to increase Mozambican productivity and the competitiveness of the economy.

The strategic objectives of the government’s economic policy, Nyusi said, are to modernize agriculture, produce more and better quality food, supply raw materials to local industry and diversify and increase exports.

He pointed out that the Mozambican economy is “strongly anchored” in agriculture, which employs about 70 per cent of the economically active population, and produces 25 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

“With more than 35 million hectares of arable land, and a climate favourable to the production of a variety of food and cash crops, Mozambican is a privileged destination for German investment in agriculture and agro-business,” he argued.

Nyusi stressed the existence of various sources of energy, including coal, natural gas, hydro-electric power and renewable energies. He believed that, in the next ten years, Mozambique can put on the market 7,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

The available statistics show that between 2010 and 2015 a total of 17 projects involving private German investors were approved, to the value of over 143 million US dollars, which could create around 700 jobs in industry, services and agriculture.

Nyusi’s visit to Germany ended Wednesday, and he left Berlin for the Belgian capital. Brussels.