MCLI Chairperson

Mozambican Chairperson - António Matos

Antonio Matos An Economist by profession, António Matos took over as MCLI's Mozambican Chairperson in early 2006.

Mr António Matos is currently a board member of Moza Banco, a five year old bank expanding rapidly in the country, a board member of G4S, the largest single employer in Mozambique and a board member of Moçambique Capitais, an investment company.

From 1975 to 1990 Mr. Matos worked in various government capacities, both at political and diplomatic levels as well as in the management of large state industrial and commercial enterprises. 

Consequently, Mr. Matos has accumulated a vast amount of experience in high level international and domestic business negotiations, and the resultant decision making capacity of a senior level executive. 

He was a member of the delegation that negotiated Mozambique’s access to the Lomé Convention and the first World Bank credit in 1986.

During the 1980s, in his capacity as Director of Food Industries, he made frequent trips to EEC Headquarters for negotiations regarding food aid to Mozambique.

From 1995 to 1997 Mr. Matos was the Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Development of Industries (CDI) in Brussels, a joint EU-ACP institution.

He worked in the design, execution and co-ordination of large industrial projects including the $10 million rehabilitation of Companhia Industrial da Matola and the construction of a $30 million Silo Project. 

Since 1986 Mr. Matos has worked as a consultant to large international industrial and investment interests looking for opportunities in Mozambique.

In the late eighties he spearheaded the formation of business associations in Mozambique and in the nineties and was active in NGO work. 

He is well aware of the challenge faced by SADC firms to stem the effect of HIV/AIDS in the workplace.

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Other Activities:

2004-06: 

Chairman – Mozambique/South Africa Chamber of Commerce (CCIMOSA).

1997-2001:

Participation as speaker and moderator at World Economic Forum/SADC Southern Africa Economic Summits (yearly since 1991), Herald Tribune International Conferences on Southern Africa (1997/1998) and Global Pacific and Partners Mozambique and Angola Forums (1999/2000/2001).

1998-2001: 

President - Mozambique/USA Chamber of Commerce.

1995-1997:

Chairman of the Joint Executive Board of the CDI - Centre for the Development of Industry (ACP-EU Lomé Convention), Brussels.

1996- to date:

Member of the Southern Africa  World Economic Forum Task Force.

1989-1996:

Vice President of Industrial Association of Mozambique (AIMO).

1994-1996:

General Secretary of Mozambique/USA Chamber of Commerce.

1994:

General Secretary of ADAPO.

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Languages

  • Portuguese
  • English
  • French
  • Czech
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