New Factory To Produce Uniforms IN Palma
Maputo, 13 Dec (AIM) – The “Mozambique LNG” project, operated by the French oil and gas company TotalEnergies, has financed a factory to produce uniforms and individual protective equipment on an industrial scale in Palma district, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
The factory intends to supply its products to the companies working on the extraction and liquefaction of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin, off the Cabo Delgado coast.
Costing 230,000 US dollars, the factory was financed under the Mozambique LNG initiative “Pamoja Tunaweza” (Swahili for “together we can do it”).
According to a report in Tuesday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, the factory employs 30 workers from Palma, including 21 tailors who had previously worked in the informal sector. They will be trained in advanced sewing techniques, enabling them to produce uniforms according to specific standards of the industry.
In addition to building the infrastructure, the investment includes the acquisition of industrial sewing machines, and raw material for the initial production of 1,000 sets of uniforms.
At the same time a small company is being set up by tailors benefitting from the project, which will manage the business.
In line with local content initiatives, it is envisaged that the company will be the preferential supplier of uniforms and personal protection equipment to various industries to be set up in Palma in particular, and in Cabo Delgado in general.
The proponents believe that the project will help stimulate the socio-economic development of Palma, by creating sustainable jobs for local tailors and generating income. It will also contribute to a culture of workplace safety, by increasing the availability of uniforms and individual protection equipment at low cost.
“There is high potential for the growth and expansion of this business to other districts of Cabo Delgado and of Mozambique in general. The vision of the project is “Uniforms from Palma for the rest of the world”’, says a note from TotalEnergies.
Palma town was briefly under terrorist control after a jihadist raid on 24 March 2021 killed dozens of people and led thousands of others to flee. But the district government insists that life has now returned to normal and that most state services are operating again.