Speaking at the traditional end-of-year reception in the Presidential gardens, Nyusi, in a clear reference to Renamo, attacked those Mozambicans â€œwho advocate a patriotism based on the destruction of what was collectively builtâ€.
2016 had been a difficult year which had obliged the government â€œto take difficult monetary and fiscal measures, which were necessary to alter the prevailing situationâ€. Nyusi believed these measures were taking effect, as could be seen in a recovery in the exchange rate of the national currency, the metical, and he predicted a slowdown in the rate of inflation in 2017.
â€œOur institutions are continuing to function, and we have built economic and social infrastructures that are the cornerstone for compliance with the governmentâ€™s programmeâ€, he said. â€œFrom that we conclude that the state of the nation stands firmâ€ (a quotation from his State of the Nation address delivered in parliament on Monday).
There are hopes for financial and social stability next year but â€œthis will require a great deal of work and unity from all of usâ€.
â€œDifficult and complex moments such as the ones we are living through require us to take courageous, daring and structuring decisions, which are not always well understoodâ€, he added.
The government had decided to concentrate investment in four areas that could have a multiplier effect on the economy and act as catalysts. These were agriculture and agro-processing, tourism, the development of infrastructures, and energy. In particular, the President said, the 2016/2017 agricultural campaign should be â€œa moment of mobilization at all levels â€“ of economic agents, communities, producers and society in general, setting production targets that will contribute to our country becoming self-sufficient in basic foodstuffs and generating surpluses for exportâ€.
Nyusi expected the Mozambican economy to return to high levels of growth. He predicted an economic growth rate of seven per cent as from 2018, rising to nine per cent in 2023, when the production and export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the far north of the country should be under way.
â€œThe Mozambican people have already defeated more difficult and complicated challengesâ€, he said, â€œbecause it always acted with confidence in itself and with determination. That is how we should continueâ€.
â€œLet us work to keep the country peaceful and stable,Â on the path of progress, consolidating democracy and the institutions of the state, guaranteeing freedom of creation and of expression, so that the construction of social well-being may be inclusive and the work of all of usâ€, urged Nyusi.Post published in: Africa News