New office opens in Mozambique

18 October 2013

ERM has been supporting clients in Mozambique for over 15 years and as its demand for our help grows, so we are establishing a permanent presence in the country.

Africa is currently the 2nd fastest growth region in the world by GDP. In 2012 13 African countries had achieved higher growth than China, and 22 higher than India.  This is due primarily to the ever-expanding global demand for resources combined with increased political stability. Given the consistently strong sales growth we have experienced in Mozambique over the last few years and the demand for local support to meet our client needs; we have established a new office in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.

Ian Bailey, Regional CEO for EMEA explains: “The expansion of our Southern Africa operations is part of a broader growth strategy to strengthen our leading position across the African continent. There is significant potential for ERM to grow within the Mozambique market to meet the demands of our global oil and gas and mining clients, and this expansion will also further our capacity to deliver projects in other Portuguese speaking countries in Africa, such as Angola.”

Africa Commercial Director Jeremy Soboil adds: “ERM’s business in Africa has realised remarkable growth since it established in South Africa 2003 and the company is now one of the largest dedicated environmental and social consulting firms on the continent.   The opening of an office in Mozambique is a further step towards ensuring that we continue to meet our clients’ demand for world-class environmental and social expertise with strong local knowledge and experience.” 

Market opportunities
Since the end of the civil war in the early 1990s Mozambique has had a stable democracy and government focussed on combatting corruption and attracting foreign investment.  Recent major deep water gas finds off the Mozambique coast are some of the largest new finds globally with investment in the country being made by multinationals such as Anadarko, ENI, Sasol.  

Mozambique also has an active and established mining sector with some of the largest thermal coal deposits in the world being developed by major multinationals.

ERM has a strong track record of advising on conventional and renewable power projects in Mozambique with regional investment being driven by demand. In other sectors significant donor and public spending is being undertaken to upgrade road, rail and port infrastructure, and to improve agricultural and forestry sectors and the associated food and beverage industry. 

As the economy emerges the majority of the services we are providing to clients have focused on Impact Assessment and Planning services, but as operations have become more established, we are also seeing demand growing for Mergers and Acquisition and Operational Efficiency support.

The team is being led by Paula Gonzálezwho has transferred from ERM’s Portugal office where she was Managing Partner.  Paula has worked on projects in Mozambique and Angola previously and her experience covers a broad range of practice areas.  Paula is joined by Iris Trindade, an IAP practitioner with a civil engineering background with over seven years environmental experience in Mozambique.

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