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Mozambique Population: 21,284,700
BackgroundAlmost five centuries as a Portuguese colony came to a close with independence in 1975. Large-scale emigration by whites, economic dependence on South Africa, a severe drought, and a prolonged civil war hindered the country's development until the mid 1990's. The ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) party formally abandoned Marxism in 1989, and a new constitution the following yr provided for multiparty elections and a free market economy. A UN-negotiated pce agreement between FRELIMO and rebel Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO) forces ended the fighting in 1992. In December 2004, Mozambique underwent a delie transition as Joaquim CHISSANO stepped down after 18 yrs in . His elected successor, Armando Emilio GUEBUZA, promised to continue the sound economic policies that have encouraged foreign investment. Mozambique has seen very strong economic growth since the end of the civil war largely due to post-conflict reconstruction.Terms of Use
GeographyThe Zambezi flows through the north-central and most fertile part of the country.Loion:Southstern Africa, bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and TanzaniaGeographic coordinates:18 15 S, 35 00 r:total: 801,590 sq km
land: 784,090 sq km
water: 17,500 sq kmSize comparison: slightly less than twice the size of California
Land Boundaries:total: 4,571 km
border countries: Malawi 1,569 km, South Africa 491 km, Swaziland 105 km, Tanzania 756 km, Zambia 419 km, Zimbabwe 1,231 kmCoastline:2,470 kmMaritime claims:territorial s: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nmClimate:tropical to subtropicalTerrain:mostly coastal lowlands, uplands in center, high platus in northwest, mountains in westElevation extremes:lowest point: Indian Ocn 0 m
highest point: Monte Binga 2,436 mNatural resources:coal, titanium, natural gas, hydropower, tantalum, graphiteLand use:arable land: 5.43%
permanent crops: 0.29%
other: 94.28% (2005)Irrigated land:1,180 sq km (2003)Natural hazards:severe droughts; devastating cyclones and floods in central and southern provincesCurrent Environment Issues:a long civil war and recurrent drought in the hinterlands have resulted in incrsed migration of the population to urban and coastal ars with adverse environmental consequences; desertifiion; pollution of surface and coastal waters; elephant poaching for ivory is a problemInternational Environment Agreements:party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertifiion, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the S, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
PeoplePopulation:21,284,700 note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher dth rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected; the 1997 Mozambican census reported a population of 16,099,246 (July 2008 est.)Age structure:0-14 yrs: 44.5% (male 4,762,335/female 4,711,422)
15-64 yrs: 52.7% (male 5,472,184/female 5,736,154)
65 yrs and over: 2.8% (male 251,026/female 351,580) (2008 est.)Median age:total: 17.4 yrs
male: 17 yrs
female: 17.8 yrs (2008 est.)Population growth rate:1.792% (2008 est.)Birth rate:38.21 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)Dth rate:20.29 dths/1,000 population (2008 est.)Net migration rate:NA (2008 est.)Sex ratio:at birth: 1.02 male(s)/female
under 15 yrs: 1.01 male(s)/female
15-64 yrs: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 yrs and over: 0.71 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2008 est.)Infant mortality rate:total: 107.84 dths/1,000 live births
male: 110.67 dths/1,000 live births
female: 104.97 dths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)Life expectancy at birth:total population: 41.04 yrs
male: 41.62 yrs
female: 40.44 yrs (2008 est.)Total fertility rate:5.24 children born/woman (2008 est.)HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:12.2% (2003 est.)HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:1.3 million (2003 est.)HIV/AIDS - dths:110,000 (2003 est.)Nationality:noun: Mozambican(s)
adjective: MozambicanEthnic groups:African 99.66% (Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena, and others), Europns 0.06%, Euro-Africans 0.2%, Indians 0.08%Religions:holic 23.8%, Muslim 17.8%, Zionist Christian 17.5%, other 17.8%, none 23.1% (1997 census)Languages:Emakhuwa 26.1%, Xichangana 11.3%, Portuguese 8.8% (official; spoken by 27% of population as a second language), Elomwe 7.6%, Cisena 6.8%, Echuwabo 5.8%, other Mozambican languages 32%, other foreign languages 0.3%, unspecified 1.3% (1997 census)Literacy:definition: age 15 and over can rd and write
total population: 47.8%
male: 63.5%
female: 32.7% (2003 est.)
GovernmentCountry name:conventional long form: Republic of Mozambique
conventional short form: Mozambique
local long form: Republica de Mocambique
local short form: Mocambique
former: Portuguese st AfricaGovernment type:republicCapital:name: Maputo
geographic coordinates: 25 57 S, 32 35 E
time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahd of Washington, DC during Standard Time)Administrative divisions:10 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia), 1 city (cidade)*; Cabo Deado, Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, Maputo, Cidade de Maputo*, Nampula, Niassa, Sofala, Tete, ZambeziaIndependence:25 June 1975 (from Portugal)National holiday:Independence Day, 25 June (1975)Constitution:30 November 1990Legal system:based on Portuguese civil law system and customary law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdictionSuffrage:18 yrs of age; universalExecutive branch:chief of state: President Armando GUEBUZA (since 2 February 2005)
hd of government: Prime Minister Luisa DIOGO (since 17 February 2004)
cabinet: Cabinet
elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-yr term (eligible for a second term); election last held 1-2 December 2004 (next to be held in December 2009); prime minister appointed by the president
election results: Armando GUEBUZA elected president; percent of vote - Armando GUEBUZA 63.7%, Afonso DHLAKAMA 31.7%Legislative branch:unicameral Assembly of the Republic or Assembleia da Republica (250 sts; members are directly elected by popular vote to serve five-yr terms)
elections: last held 1-2 December 2004 (next to be held in December 2009)
election results: percent of vote by party - FRELIMO 62%, RENAMO 29.7%, other 8.3%; sts by party - FRELIMO 160, RENAMO 90Judicial branch:Supreme Court (the court of final appl; some of its professional judges are appointed by the president and some are elected by the Assembly); other courts include an Administrative Court, customs courts, maritime courts, courts marshal, labor courts
note: although the constitution provides for a separate Constitutional Court, one has never been established; in its absence the Supreme Court reviews constitutional casesPolitical parties and lders:Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frente de Liberatacao de Mocambique) or FRELIMO [Armando Emilio GUEBUZA]; Mozambique National Resistance (Resistencia Nacional Mocambicana) or RENAMO [Afonso DHLAKAMA]Political pressure groups and lders:Etica [Abdul CARIMO Issa, chairman]; Human Rights and Development (Direitos Humanos e Desenvolvimento) or DHD [Artemisia FRANCO, secretary eral]; Institute for Pce and Democracy (Instituto para Paz e Democracia) or IPADE [Raul DOMINGOS, president]; Movement for Pce and Citizenship (Movimento para Paz e Cidadania); Mozambican Lgue of Human Rights (Liga Mocambicana dos Direitos Humanos) or LDH [Alice MABOTE, president]International organization participation:ACP, AfDB, AU, C, CPLP, FAO, G-77, IA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, MONUC, NAM, OIC, OIF (observer), OPCW, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, Union Latina, UNMIS, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTODiplomatic representation in the US:chief of mission: Ambassador Marcos Geraldo NAMASHULUA
chancery: 1525 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington, DC 20036
telephone: [1] (202) 293-7146
FAX: [1] (202) 835-0245Diplomatic representation from the US:chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Todd C. CHAPMAN
embassy: Avenida Kenneth Kuanda 193, Maputo
mailing address: P. O. Box 783, Maputo
telephone: [258] (21) 492797
FAX: [258] (21) 490114
EconomyAt independence in 1975, Mozambique was one of the world's poorest countries. Socialist mismanagement and a brutal civil war from 1977-92 exbated the situation. In 1987, the government embarked on a series of macroeconomic reforms designed to stabilize the economy. These steps, combined with donor assistance and with political stability since the multi-party elections in 1994, have led to dramatic improvements in the country's growth rate. Inflation was reduced to single digits during the late 1990s, and although it returned to double digits in 2000-06, in 2007 inflation had slowed to 8%, while GDP growth rched 7.5%. Fiscal reforms, including the introduction of a value-added tax and reform of the customs service, have improved the government's revenue collection abilities. In spite of these gains, Mozambique remains dependent upon foreign assistance for much of its annual budget, and the majority of the population remains below the poverty line. Subsistence agriculture continues to employ the vast majority of the country's work force. A substantial trade imbalance persists although the opening of the Mozal aluminum smelter, the country's largest foreign investment project to date, has incrsed export rnings. At the end of 2007, and after yrs of negotiations, the government took over Portugal's majority share of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectricity (HCB) company, a dam that was not transferred to Mozambique at independence because of the ensuing civil war and unpaid debts. More power is needed for additional investment projects in titanium extraction and processing and garment manufacturing that could further close the import/export gap. Mozambique's once substantial foreign debt has been reduced through forgiveness and rescheduling under the IMF's Hvily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) and Enhanced HIPC initiatives, and is now at a managble level. In July 2007 the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) signed a Compact with Mozambique; the Mozambican government moved rapidly to ratify the Compact and propose a plan for funding.GDP (purchasing power parity):$19.68 billion (2008 est.)GDP (official exchange rate):$9.788 billion (2008 est.)GDP - rl growth rate:6.9% (2008 est.)GDP - per capita (PPP):$900 (2008 est.)GDP - composition by sector:agriculture: 23.4%
industry: 30.7%
services: 45.9% (2008 est.)Labor force:10.04 million (2008 est.)Labor force - by occupation:agriculture: 81%
industry: 6%
services: 13% (1997 est.)Unemployment rate:21% (1997 est.)Population below poverty line:70% (2001 est.)Household income or consumption by percentage share:lowest 10%: 2.1%
highest 10%: 39.4% (2002)Distribution of family income - Gini index:47.3 (2002)Inflation rate (consumer prices):11.2% (2008 est.)Investment (gross fixed):24% of GDP (2008 est.)Budget:revenues: $2.786 billion
expenditures: $3.108 billion (2008 est.)Public debt:21.4% of GDP (2008 est.)Agriculture - products:
Industries:food, beverages, chemicals (fertilizer, soap, paints), aluminum, petroleum products, textiles, cement, glass, asbestos, tobaccoIndustrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:14.62 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - consumption:9.555 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - exports:12.83 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - imports:9.839 billion kWh (2006 est.)Oil - production:0 bbl/day (2007 est.)Oil - consumption:14,390 bbl/day (2006 est.)Oil - exports:0 bbl/day (2005)Oil - imports:13,240 bbl/day (2005)Oil - proved reserves:0 bbl (1 January 2006 est.)Natural gas - production:1.65 billion cu m (2006 est.)Natural gas - consumption:1.45 billion cu m (2006 est.)Natural gas - exports:0 cu m (2005 est.)Natural gas - imports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - proved reserves:127.4 billion cu m (1 January 2008 est.)Current account balance:-$981 million (2008 est.)Exports:$2.693 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Exports - commodities:aluminum, prawns, cashews, cotton, sugar, citrus, timber; bulk electricityExports - partners:Italy 19.4%, Beium 18.4%, Spain 12.5%, South Africa 12.3%, UK 7.3%, China 4.1% (2007)Imports:$3.292 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Imports - commodities:machinery and equipment, vehicles, fuel, chemicals, metal products, foodstuffs, textilesImports - partners:South Africa 36.7%, Australia 8.5%, China 4.6% (2007)Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:$2.067 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Debt - external:$4.316 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Market value of publicly traded shares:$NACurrency ():metical (MZM)Exchange rates:meticais (MZM) per US dollar - 24.125 (2008 est.), 26.264 (2007), 25.4 (2006), 23,061 (2005), 22,581 (2004) note: in 2006 Mozambique revalued its currency, with 1000 old meticais equal to 1 new meticaisFiscal yr:calendar yr
CommuniionsTele in use:67,000 (2006)Cellular in use:3.3 million (2007)Telephone system:eral assessment: fair system with an extremely low density of less than 1 fixed line per 100 persons
domestic: the telecommuniions sector is sled with a hvy state presence, lack of competition, and high operating costs and charges; stagnation in the fixed-line network contrasts with rapid growth in the mobile-cellular network; mobile-cellular coverage now includes all the main cities and roads, including those from Maputo to the South African and Swaziland borders, the national highway through Gaza and Inhambane provinces, the Beira corridor, and from Nampula to Nacala
international: country - 258; satellite rth stations - 5 sat (2 Atlantic Ocn and 3 Indian Ocn)Radio broadcast stations:AM 13, FM 17, shortwave 11 (2001)Television broadcast stations:1 (2000)Internet country :.mzInternet hosts:22,532 (2008)Internet users:200,000 (2007)
TransportationAirports:147 (2007)Airports (paved runways):total: 22
over 3,047 m: 1
2,438 to 3,047 m: 3
1,524 to 2,437 m: 10
914 to 1,523 m: 3
under 914 m: 5 (2007)Airports (unpaved runways):total: 125
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 9
914 to 1,523 m: 36
under 914 m: 79 (2007)Pipelines:gas 964 km; refined products 278 km (2007)Railways:total: 3,123 km
narrow gauge: 2,983 km 1.067-m gauge; 140 km 0.762-m gauge (2006)Roadways:total: 30,400 km
paved: 5,685 km
unpaved: 24,715 km (2000)Waterways:460 km (Zambezi River navigable to Tete and along Cahora Bassa Lake) (2008)Merchant marine:total: 2
by type: cargo 2
foreign-owned: 2 (Beium 2) (2008)Ports and terminals:Beira, Maputo, Nacala
Military branches:Mozambique Armed Defense Forces (FADM): Mozambique Army, Mozambique Navy (Marinha Mocambique, MM), Mozambique Air Force (Forca Aer de Mocambique, FAM) (2006)Military service age and obligation:18-30 yrs of age for compulsory military service; 2-yr service obligation (2006)Manpower available for military service:males age 16-49: 4,545,975 (2008 est.)Manpower fit for military service:males age 16-49: 2,287,526 (2008 est.)

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