Portuguese companies ready to help Angola create an export industry

24 June 2009

Luanda, Angola, 24 June – The secretary-general of the Lisbon Commercial Association (ACL), Pedro Madeira Rodrigues said Tuesday in Luanda that Portuguese companies were available to work to create an Angolan export industry.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa after a meeting with Angola’s Trade Minister, Idalina Valente, Madeira Rodrigues noted the interest shown by the minister in counting on help from Portuguese companies to change the current paradigm, moving away from importing most goods to production in the country and a resulting drop in imports.

According to the secretary-general of the ACL, who is heading up a business mission to Angola for around 20 companies, during the meeting with Valente he discussed issues related to the Angolan government’s priorities as well as those of the Trade Ministry for the next few years.

He also said that, the Portuguese business mission to Angola had served to “identify the country as a market with tremendous potential,” in which “there is still so much to do,” and that due to both cultural and language affinities, “Portuguese companies can be involved in this effort to rebuild Angola.”

“Many companies have come here to find out about the market, establish partnerships and start projecting investments for Angola. We won’t only be staying in Luanda, we will also be going to Lobito and Benguela,” he said. (macauhub)