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Jessy Sitoe

MOZAMBIQUE - Transport

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Managing Director, Expresso Carga e Serviços (ECS)

Bio

Jessy Lurena da Silva Sitoe graduated in Business Management from Universidade Politécnica (ISPO) in 2009. In 2011 she joined ECS as Credit Supervisor and was promoted to Administrator in 2013.

TBY talks to Jessy Sitoe, Managing Director of Expresso Carga e Serviços (ECS), on plans for the short term, competitive advantage, and government reforms of the sector.

What short-term priorities have you set for ECS?

Over the next two years, given the demands of the market and our client base, the objective is to extend our operational footprint to all provincial capitals, including their respective districts to enable the delivery of the goods without the client needing to visit our head offices. Expresso Carga e Serviços has always embraced market challenges, and in this spirit and according to our motto “for you, we reach further,” our services cater to foreign companies operating in Mozambique, and have a nationwide reach.

What is your assessment of the potential for further growth of the national transport and logistics sector?

Our evaluation of the transport and logistics sector is broadly is positive, as national development supports sector growth. Given the sector’s development in Mozambique and our objective of expansion, for the next two years we will pursue partnerships with suitable foreign companies active in the sector.

What are the comparative advantages of ECS over other international companies such as DHL, FedEx, or UPS?

ECS was created with the objective of galvanizing the sector and further supporting the development of transport and cargo delivery in Mozambique. The advantages of ECS when compared to our competitors, is our total commitment to the cargo entrusted to us. We focus on pick up and door-to-door delivery within cities and districts, including at weekends and on bank holidays.

What are the likely coming trends within Mozambique’s transport and logistics industry?

Operational efficiency tops the sector’s agenda, with the two ends of the scale—demand and supply—and dedication to yielding the excellent results at the best prices, which will revitalize the sector.

How would you characterize the importance of an efficient transport network for the successful development of the Mozambican economy?

An efficient transport network for the development of the Mozambican economy is of great importance for the economic development of Mozambique mainly due to the positive spillovers that the sector creates. The infrastructure created by the investment on the transport sector fosters high economic activity. Mozambican businesses are increasingly confident in the improvement of the commercial environment. Their general optimism is driven by the changes introduced by the government aimed at improving it further by scrapping the rules regarding the minimum capital demand and bank deposits, and the approval of the new code on fiscal benefits. The changes also include the introduction by the government of the “simplified tax regime for small contributors” and the “simplified licensed regime,” which enables the immediate issuing of licenses to operate a business.

What is your outlook for the company over the coming decade?

One of Expresso Carga e Serviços’s core goals is to become internationally recognized over a 10-year horizon as the company of choice for any kind of cargo. We are keen also to establish lasting partnerships with companies operating in our sector around the globe to provide the most reliable cargo service for our long-term clientele.

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