No less than 30 countries were represented at the just concluded Maputo International Trade Fair in Mozambique.
The number includes newcomers such as South Korea and Vietnam.
The Maputo International Trade Fair, or FACIM held in Marracuene, about 25 kilometres north of the Mozambican capital, officially closed its doors to the public on Sunday after a week-long business activity.
Prime Minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, who visited FACIM at the weekend, was optimistic that this would lead to the establishment of further business partnerships between Mozambican companies and foreign counterparts, which should also help to promote and diversify Mozambican exports.
Such partnerships would allow an ever-greater presence of Mozambique in international trade, he said.
Do Rosario stressed that increased exports of goods and services were crucial for the development of the national economy, and for reducing the deficit on the balance of payments.
The prize for the country with the best exhibition at FACIM went to Germany, followed by South Africa and France, but the country that brought the largest business delegation was Italy followed by Portugal and Turkey.
Each of Mozambique’s provinces had its own exhibition.
The prize for best provincial exhibition went to Maputo province, followed by Inhambane and Manica.