Angolan government looks for alternatives to importing construction materials

25 October 2007

Luanda, Angola, 25 Oct – The Angolan Public Works Minister, Higino Carneiro, said Tuesday in Luanda that the government was looking for alternatives in order to meet increased demand for construction materials, particularly cement.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop during a visit to some construction projects in Luanda, Carneiro said that although Luanda’s cement factory produced 90,000 tons of cement, as compared with 24,000 in 2006, it was necessary to import the product.

The minister also said that the Lobito cement factory currently had annual production of 240,000 tons.

In order to meet demand, two cement factories are being repaired and a further two are under construction in Luanda and Benguela, and should go into production within two years.

A 50 kilogram bag of cement is sold in Angola for between 1,350 and 1,600 kwanzas (US$16 to US$20). (macauhub)