Urban Mobility in Maputo – Thinking greater

On November 30th 2016, MAPAS de CHAPAS organised a business breakfast 30 Novembre 2016 with the support of WAZA team. Issues related to the planification of collective transportation in the Great Maputo, the coordination with the informal sector, the mapping of the informal networks, as well as the question of gender in transportation and urban infarstructure, were all raised and discussed with our guests and panelists. Many thanks for attending! And please contact WAZA for further information on the potential applications of this project, and to know how you can get involved!

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Logistics and Inovation: a Road Map for Mozambique

This hub for thoughts built  on the conclusions of the first discussion around logistics as a key driver for development. Waza team and guests engaged together on the challenges faced by the shipping of goods and commodities witin Mozambique, from climatic events and the safety issues resulting from political situations. Waza team and group discussed the following topic 

  • How does it impact your jobs today, what is the impact of this specific context on the Development of Mozambique?
  • Building on the vision that we’ve started to craft together for Mozambique 2035, how can we think creatively about mobility when usual routes are not transitable? While the Minister of Transport and Communication Mr. Mesquita
    advocates for the urgent introduction of cabotage, competition is introduced in the air transportation sector for domestic routes, and the logistics company Maersk just made the first official drone delivery to an undocked ship. How can we think creatively and innovatively of solutions to move people and goods in Mozambique?

Sustainable Development Goals – How can they be relevant to Mozambique and where is the country at today?

To allow Waza team and guests engaging with the pressing issue of climate change impact in Mozambique, and the country resilience strategy., Waza invited  Dr. Andrea Downing, Research Scientist at Stockholm Resilience Center, who was completing her mission in Mozambique after a one-year research on sustainable development goals. Andrea presented the Sustainable Development Goals designed by the United Nations to replace the Millenium Development Goals (which had set up targets from 2000 to 2015). She offered present the SDGs and their objectives through a resilience and socio-ecological systems lens, and offer her perspective on their effective use.

After a short presentation, Waza group discussed the relevance of these indicators for the specific case of Mozambique. Building on previous hub for thoughts on infrastructure and logistics, Waza group discussed the use of these indicators at a local, regional and national scale, and the impact of these measurements on environmental, social and economic strategies in Mozambique.

Logistics – A driver for the development of Mozambique

Waza’s first  hub thoughts took place in the framework of the research project focusing on the potential of Mozambique to become a world-class logistics hubs by 2035, led a by a Senior Harvard and MIT fellow, Mr. Issa Baluch, and Waza team. The research is driven by two major assumptions. Firstly, the transportation network in Mozambique has been and continues to be a binding constraint to more rapid economic growth and social development. Secondly, the logistics sector can become a key driver for Mozambique’s development, seen as a further development of transportation networks, where added value is created along the supply and distribution chains.

Taking advantage of Mozambique’s greatest assets -­‐ location, existing transport infrastructure, competitive cheap labor markets -­Mozambique’s ports and airports can provide logistics services which will support new industries and create added value and drive more rapid transformation of the country, if supported not only through financial investments, but even more importantly, by better public policies that promote more efficient and sustainable use of the infrastructure, and innovation. The research is investigating the main reasons currently preventing Mozambique from taking this path. This entails soliciting the ideas of a large variety of public and private sector stakeholders.

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