Maputo — The governor of the western Mozambican province of Tete, Paulo Auade, on Wednesday challenged Tete Municipal Council to transform the provincial capital, Tete City, into a great business centre, taking advantage of the countless investment opportunities that the region offers, particularly those associated with the extractive industry.
Auade launched this challenge at the celebrations of the 59th anniversary of the elevation of Tete to the status of a city.
“We should be aware that one of the main levers of the development of our province has been the extractive industry”, he said. “Like any industry, mining causes problems of environmental pollution. The best way of mitigating the environmental problems is for us to turn Tete into an ever greener city”.
He called for a massive tree planting effort in the city. “Planting fruit trees and trees to give shade can help reduce dust and purify the air we breathe”, said Auade.
The governor believed that opportunities for investment in agriculture, agro-processing, tourism, manufacturing industry, building and trade could transform Tete city into a major business centre”.
“So we should begin today to prepare Tete to become the city of the future”, he said, “a city that is clean and welcoming, and ready to receive and accommodate investments, investors and tourists”.
He recognised that, in recent years, Tete has been undergoing accelerated economic and population growth, due largely to the expansion of coal mining. Tete city was now on the international map, and could play a key role in the economic and social development of the province.
The governor warned that the inflow of people attracted by the economic potential of Tete province requires adequate planning of urban settlements so as to avoid a disorderly expansion of the city. He stressed that Tete city must be able to handle urban space efficiently “so that it can grow in a harmonious and sustainable manner”.
Among the challenges facing the municipal council, he said, were ensuring greater security against crime, and expanding the water supply and electricity networks.