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  • The entrance of the newly refurbished Polana Serena Hotel.
    AKDN / Filipe Branquinho
  • The Polana Serena hotel at night in Maputo, Mozambique.
    AKDN / Jon Ivins
  • Acquired by IPS, the clothing factory Moztex in Mozambique's capital had several goals; to provide employment, particularly to women, to train and develop local skills and to contribute to the country’s economic development.
    AKDN / Zahur Ramji
Economic development

Mozambique suffers from a familiar paradox: a relatively rich resource base, but very low living standards. The civil war and more recent floods have contributed to this delay in development, but peace and stability in the region have already raised prospects considerably. The country has considerable potential for development, particularly in tourism, agricultural production and sustainable use of natural resources. These assets suggest that the rich resource base - low living standards paradox can be addressed in the coming years.

Tourism Promotion

AKDN has also made a number of investments to assist Mozambique’s economy gain momentum. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) has invested in the tourism infrastructure, through the purchase of the current Polana Serena Hotel, Maputo in 2002. Built in 1922 and affectionately referred to as the Grande Dame of Maputo, the hotel evokes the grand past while combining everything expected from a five-star establishment today. Since 2002, AKFED has invested in a restoration programme, incorporating improvements, upgrades and enhancements, using the best local artisans and artisans in the restoration of the hotel, its guest rooms and conference facilities.

Textile factory

Another IPS project is Moztex S.A, a textile garment factory producing t-shirts, polo shirts, shirts, trousers, etc. for the regional and global markets. Nearly 1,700 people have gone through the in-house training programmes since 2008.  Today, today the Company employs over 500 employees, of which 90% are women.


Similarly, IPS has invested in SEACOM, which launched Africa’s first broadband subsea cable system along the eastern and southern coastlines in 2009, bringing with it a vast supply of high quality and affordable Internet bandwidth.  Connecting South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kenya to the Middle East & Europe, SEACOM’s cable system also connects inland countries such as Uganda & Rwanda.

Since then, SEACOM has moved beyond being a cable operator to become a major pan-African service provider, offering a full suite of resilient and scalable data services that allow Africa’s growing ICT community to develop and evolve.

The SEACOM Business division leverages this infrastructure and last-mile partnerships to provide the African enterprise market with best-in-class connectivity and Cloud services at highly competitive prices. Its offerings include fibre Internet access with options ranging from 25Mbps up to 1Gbps. For more information, visit