Aquiring land and developing it in Mozambique is more complicated, the process more convoluted than most other places but the achievement is considerably more rewarding than anything else.

Since Jack spotted these little tropical isles there have been a number, quite a few, of steps toward final approval and the green light. We are now almost at the end of this ladder to fully licensed. In brief these are the bits and pieces that we have had to collect along the way in order to start building a lodge resort on the Topuito Isles.

First, we had to register the company, Fresh Limitada and in doing this get a ‘Boletim” of the company which is basically a book say that the company Fresh Limitada exists.

Then there is the ‘Extrato’ which describes the shareholders in the company which is followed by the ‘Certidao Negativa’ which kindly says that there is no other company called Fresh Limitada in Mozambique – thanks!

And now, with all the company papers signed and delivered we were able to get our hands on to the title deeds.

The path is ready for us to get this baby going and start a tourism project…

The ‘Ante Projet’ approval or localisation is the process whereby our first proposal of what we want to do on the land is approved. Then the ‘Executive Projet’ approval is the yay for the final proposal of what we are planning to do. This we finally have and means that we are officially “approved!” by tourism and the government.

In between this we have gained CPI approval. CPI is the ‘Centro de Promocao de Investimento’ and they help people like us wanting to set up a project – and make sure that foreign investment works out okay in this country – ie. everyone gets their money. This certificate allows us to register the project with the Bank of Mozambique which means we are insured that whatever money is made here is allowed out the country minus the mandatory percentage which goes to the country.  We have CPI approval and this has certainly helped us on our way – it’s kind of like having the nod from some very big guys.

Part of the final approval requires us to have a scoping report and terms of reference completed. This means that the environment has been surveyed, the community spoken to  – kind of like when you rent a flat and get an inventory of what’s what.

Finally, we need an ‘Alvara’ to start building. This is the building licence and once we have this, which is just a matter of weeks away, we can start building on Nejovo and Caldeira, something that will be celebrated with a ceremony performed by the elders of the area…

It has taken a while to gather all this stuff, but the worth of it is that we are completely legal in our project and backed by the government!