Private sector says visa waiver will boost tourism and business

Sector privado diz que isenção de vistos vai dinamizar turismo e negócios

The Confederation of Mozambican Business Associations (CTA) considered yesterday that granting visa exemption to citizens from 28 countries will boost tourism and investments, calling for greater coordination for the measure to be effective.

The tourism sector in Mozambique feels cherished with this measure. It helps the post-covid recovery and boosts the sector?, said to Lusa the president of the CTA for the Tourism portfolio, Mohammad Abdula.

The countries chosen have a tradition of visiting Mozambique, so they will have more appetite to go to the African country and attract more people, he added.

?this kind of measure [visa waiver] is difficult to take? so ?30 days is more than enough for tourism and business visits? he said about the time frame.

About the obstacles ???????usually reported at the country's entry points - associated with petty corruption by border agents - Mohammad Abdula is ?optimistic? that they will be overcome, stressing that the measure is the result of a ?commitment at the highest level?

As in everything, when we create a new mechanism or a new facility, there are challenges, but with coordination we are aware that they will be overcome," he stressed.

On the other hand, operators in the tourism sector will ?monitor? the implementation of the measure, because they are among the main beneficiaries.

The government decided this week to give visa exemption to citizens from 28 countries, including Portugal, as part of the economic stimulus measures.

???????The measure is awaiting official publication.

Besides Portugal, the approved list includes Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States of America.

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