AfDB rep leaves Zim

HARARE - African Development Bank (AfBD) Zimbabwe representative, Mateus Magala, is leaving the country for his native Mozambique where he is scheduled to head the coastal nation’s energy development utility, it has emerged.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa made the announcement on Monday at a signing ceremony of a $2,8 million grant from the AfDB to Zimbabwe.

“Furthermore, it is with much sadness that today I announce that Magala is leaving us to go and serve back home in Maputo as head of the energy companies there,” he said.

Magala confirmed the development at the same event and told the businessdaily that he was preparing for the next representative.

“This was a premature announcement by the minister but yes, I am leaving to go and serve back home. We are in the process of putting the final logistics in order so that the transition can be a smooth one,” he said.

This comes as Mozambique’s government recently sacked the heads of its state energy companies responsible for overseeing the development of huge offshore gas reserves.

Magala, who has a PhD in Economics from the Victoria University, Australia, joined the AfDB in 2010 and was appointed to Zimbabwe in 2014, and has been serving since then.

Under him, the bank has availed grants totalling over $150 million with an additional $5 million availed to the private sector.

At the AfDB, he worked as a Strategy Advisor for the president of the bank and also as a Budget and Planning Economist.

He is an economist and engineer by training and recently led the development of the AfDB’s first Ten Year Strategy for 2013-2022.

Before joining the regional lender in January 2010, Magala held several academic, professional and managerial positions at Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia, Riversdale Mining Australia (now Rio Tinto).

In Mozambique, Magala worked for more than 10 years as a lecturer at Eduardo Mondlane University and as an engineer at the Commercial Entreposto of Mozambique.

He also served as an army officer of the Mozambican Defense Forces where he held the position of special assistant to the deputy minister of Defence and Political Commissar and the minister of Interior Affairs.

He is also a recipient of several awards including the Maritime Economist of the Year Award from the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) in 2007, the Transport and Logistics Achievement of the Year Award by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport of Australia (CITLIA).


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