Angola imports US500 million of in clothing and fabric every year

13 December 2010

Luanda, Angola, 13 Dec – Angola spends an annual average of US$500 million on importing, by sea, clothing and fabric, the Minister for Industry, Geology and Mining, Joaquim David said Friday in Luanda.

To replace the imports with goods produced in Angola, the government is investing in recovery of national textile and clothes-making companies the minister said on the sidelines of the Fashion Business Angola fair.

He noted medium-term activities such as recovery of firms like África Têxtil (in Benguela), Textang (in Luanda) and Satec (in Dondo, Kwanza Norte), as well as other parallel activities in agriculture, such as cotton production for the clothing industry.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Joaquim David said that the relaunch of the textile industry and its full operation would generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

He said he expected, in this context, that agriculture would create the largest number of jobs, via cotton production, which would lower the need to import the raw materials needed by factories.

Organised by the Luanda International Fair (FIL) and the Ministry for Industry, Geology and Mining, Fashion Business Angola, held from 9 to 12 December, was attended by over 35 designers and 61 international models from Africa, America and Europe. (macauhub)