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copra, Maputo, civil war, cigarettes, foreign exchange

Before independence Mozambique had a growing industrial sector, which was focused primarily on processing sugar, tea, copra, and other products harvested in Mozambique. Another subset of the industrial sector provided the cities with a wide range of consumer goods, from cement and furniture to beer and radios. The only heavy industry was the refining of crude oil for the South African market. Virtually all industry was either destroyed in the civil war or starved of the investment and foreign exchange needed to operate. Most efforts to revive industry have centered on establishing food-processing plants and on factories that make simple manufactured goods for local use. Most of the postwar industry is located near Maputo, which produces cement, cigarettes, and alcoholic beverages.

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copra, Maputo, civil war, cigarettes, foreign exchange, radios, heavy industry, furniture, alcoholic beverages, cement, tea, factories, beer, cities, subset, investment, products


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