Angola: Bengo province to have a further 100 factories

11 May 2009

Caxito, Angola, 11 May – One hundred and fifteen factories are due to be built in the 2009-2012 period in the municipality of Icolo e Bengo, in Angola’s Bengo province, using funding from Banco de Comércio e Indústria and the credit line from China, Angolan news agency Angop reported.

Speaking to the news agency, the Bengo provincial director for Industry, Commerce, Tourism and Hotels, Rolina Jericota said that in order to build the companies two industrial hubs would be created, one of which in Bom Jesus (in the Icolo e Bengo municipality) and another in Viana (Luanda), and it would be known as the Luanda/Bengo economic area, and employ almost 5,000 people.

Jericota said that the Provincial Directorate for Industry had others project proposals in the agri-industrial sector including a factory for canning fruit and vegetables, a unit to process cassava, which had secured funding of US$35.5 million from Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola (BDA), which is expected to employ 2,000 workers.

In relation to the construction materials companies, she noted a project to set up three factories, two of which to manufacture ceramics and the other to make cement, with an estimated budget of US$264 million.

According to the director, other projects will be carried out in the municipalities of Dande and Ambriz, whilst waiting for national and foreign businesspeople to invest in Bengo province, taking its potential for natural and mineral resources into account. (macauhub)