Beira's economy is heavily dependent on its busy port, but efforts are being made to diversify the local economy, with tourism one of the industries the Mozambique government is seeking to develop in the future. Presently, tourists are a rare sight in the city but this could quickly change.
Efforts have been made to improve the Beira infrastructure with private investment made in the port area, but it is clear more work needs to be done in the rest of the city in the coming years. Security is one of the departments in need of improvement, despite the progress that has been made recently.
With the Mozambique economy forecast by the International Monetary Fund to grow by 7% in 2015, it is clear Beira has a bright future financially, as long as the right changes are made in the capital.
Logistics is one of the key sectors in the local economy and there are plenty of opportunities in this area for foreigners who want to work in Beira. Beira Logistics Terminals is one of the top local employers in this sector.
Various websites provide the best place to find jobs in Beira, with the best of them including Mozambique Jobs and Trovit. Local newspapers such as the Beira Post may also be useful places to look for jobs in Mozambique's capital city.
Work is currently ongoing to develop the agricultural potential present within the corridors of Beira and Nacala, with job opportunities being heavily created for women and young people in particular.
Securing work permits to move to Beira first requires getting a visa for Mozambique.
To get this document, expatriates must provide various documents such as passport photographs and a copy of their flight information. In some cases, it is necessary for applicants to go through an interview process before they are granted a visa. Applicants must also ensure their passport has at least six months left on it, while foreigners should be aware that visas can take a long time to be granted in Mozambique.
For work permits, applicants need to show a copy of their employment contract that has been authorized by the relevant Mozambique authorities, for instance the Ministry of Labor. They will also need a Criminal Record Certificate and be subject to a Health Check for a residence permit, as well as having to show a Financial/Maintenance guarantee.