Maputo — The Japanese government on Wednesday offered to support Mozambique in the training of mining staff.
Speaking at an international conference on coal in Maputo, Japanese ambassador Susumo Segawa said "We in Japan don't have many resources, but we bank heavily on training. So we have many cadres in this area, and we can collaborate with Mozambique in staff training".
Segawa also asked the Minister of Mineral Resources, Esperanca Bias, about the impact of coal mining on Mozambique's overall socio-economic development, the involvement of small and medium companies in this area, and the existing level of training.
Bias replied that last year the government approved a strategic plan for the sector, which lays down the country's needs in terms of mining professionals. The plan estimates that, over the next ten years, Mozambique will need to train 4,500 mining specialists including geologists, engineers, metalworkers and others.
"We think it is easier to train people inside the country, rather than sending them abroad", she said. "This has advantages both in terms of quality and in covering a larger number of people. For this, we are relying on funding from the government, but we are open to other support".