Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development
SPEED+

Previous Publications

Strategy to Improve Mozambique’s Ranking

The Mozambican government has firmed up its commitment to improving the country’s Doing Business rankings and the overall business enabling environment for private sector growth. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) has been leading the way pledging that Mozambique will move up 50 places in the Doing Business rankings. The TIP Project, and subsequently the SPEED project, has been providing assistance to Mozambique in improving its Doing Business Rankings. We have undertaken in-depth analysis and provided reform recommendations relating to various Doing Business indicators: Dealing with Construction Permits; Registering Property; Paying Taxes; Trading Across Borders; Enforcing Contracts; Closing a Business; Starting a Business; Getting Credit; and Protecting Workers and Employing Workers. We have provided recommendations for the near term and longer term. And we outline guiding principles that should be taken into account in when designing and implementing reforms so that they are effective in increasing Mozambique’s Doing Business rankings and more importantly improving the enabling environment for private sector growth.

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In 2003, the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Mozambique, identified and designated some 18 Priority Areas for Tourism Investments (PATIs), across the country. To initiate a transformative tourism development process, the Ministry in 2006, began implementation of two major projects – i.e. Projecto Arco Norte (Northern Mozambique Tourism Programme) and Project Âncora (Anchor Project) with funding and technical assistance from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), respectively. While both projects differed in scope, scale and objectives, a common denominator was to attract quality private sector investments into the development of major resorts in select PATIs.

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Developing sustainable tourism concession models in and around Mozambique’s key protected areas, is one way for the Government of Mozambique (GoM) to get the private sector engaged, to enable communities to benefit from tourism development, job creation, and to help Mozambique’s tourism industry grow. When designed and implemented correctly, tourism concessions can greatly benefit a wide range of stakeholders, while ensuring the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.

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The overall goal under which this study has been commissioned is to increase competitiveness and business attraction in the Mozambique Municipalities, by promoting reform on several areas of economic activity, including land development and construction. Based on the ‘Dealing with Construction Permits Indicator’ that is part of the Doing Business Report, the purpose of the study is to analyze and recommend reform that simplifies the construction permit process in Mozambique the case study was conducted in two main cities in the Capital Maputo and Quelimane Municipality. The methodology comprises 3 phases: Diagnostics,draft proposal and implementation model

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SPEED has identified selected reforms that would enable Mozambique to move up in the Doing Business rankings and which would have a reasonable chance of being implemented in the short term. Ideally, the majority of the reforms should be implemented before the Doing Business 2014 deadline. However, it is likely that many of the reforms will take longer to implement.

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Introduction

The Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED+) activity is a four-year (August 26, 2016 to August 25, 2020), $37.2 million project funded by United States Agency for International Development’s Mission in Mozambique (USAID/Mozambique). SPEED+ is designed to create a business enabling environment to attract investment, expand markets, and reduce costs, thus contributing to broad-based and inclusive economic growth and conservation of natural resources in Mozambique. SPEED+ will provide technical assistance and capacity-building to improve public-private policy dialogue, improve the policy environment for agriculture, trade, power, water, and biodiversity governance, and strengthen implementation of government policies and regulations.  SPEED+ will support economic and structural policy reforms across 4 components: (1) agriculture, (2) trade, business enabling environment, (3) power, water, and (4) biodiversity conservation. It will also promote the areas of improved fiscal transparency, tax policy and economic and environmental governance. It will support multiple global initiatives including the Feed the Future Presidential Initiative, the Trade Africa Presidential Initiative, the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, the USAID Biodiversity Policy, the President’s Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, and Power Africa.

 

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Introduction

The Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED+) activity is a four-year, $37.2 million project funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission in Mozambique (USAID/Mozambique). SPEED+ is designed to create a business enabling environment to attract investment, expand markets, and reduce costs, thus contributing to broad-based and inclusive economic growth and conservation of natural resources in Mozambique. SPEED+ will provide technical assistance and capacity-building to improve public-private policy dialogue; improve the policy environment for agriculture, trade, power, water, and biodiversity governance; and to strengthen the implementation of government policies and regulations.  SPEED+ seeks to support economic and structural policy reforms across four components: (1) agriculture, (2) trade, business enabling environment, (3) power, water, and (4) biodiversity conservation. SPEED+ will promote the areas of improved fiscal transparency, tax policy and economic and environmental governance across all aspects of its programming. The project will also support multiple global initiatives including the Feed the Future (FtF) Presidential Initiative, Trade Africa, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NA), the USAID Biodiversity Policy, the U.S. National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, and Power Africa.

 

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Introduction

The Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED+) activity is a four-year, $37.2 million project funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission in Mozambique (USAID/Mozambique) which runs from August 26, 2016 through August 25, 2020. SPEED+ is designed to create a business enabling environment to attract investment, expand markets, and reduce costs, thus contributing to broad-based and inclusive economic growth and conservation of natural resources in Mozambique. SPEED+ provides technical assistance and capacity-building to improve public-private policy dialogue; improve the policy environment for agriculture, trade, power, water, and biodiversity governance; and to strengthen the implementation of government policies and regulations.

 

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Introduction

The Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED+) activity is a four-year, $37.2 million project funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission in Mozambique (USAID/Mozambique) which runs from August 26, 2016 through August 25, 2020. SPEED+ is designed to create a business enabling environment to attract investment, expand markets, and reduce costs, thus contributing to broad-based and inclusive economic growth and conservation of natural resources in Mozambique. SPEED+ provides technical assistance and capacity-building to improve public-private policy dialogue; improve the policy environment for agriculture, trade, power, water, and biodiversity governance; and to strengthen the implementation of government policies and regulations.  SPEED+ seeks to support economic and structural policy reforms across four components: (1) agriculture, (2) trade, business enabling environment, (3) power, water, and (4) biodiversity conservation. SPEED+ promotes improved fiscal transparency, tax policy and economic and environmental governance across all aspects of its programming. The project supports multiple global initiatives including the Feed the Future (FTF) Presidential Initiative, Trade Africa, the USAID Biodiversity Policy, the U.S. National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, and Power Africa.

 

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