Angola no longer needs to import bottled mineral water

25 February 2011

Luanda, Angola, 25 Feb – Production of bottled mineral water in Angola in 2010 was in excess of 1.23 million hectolitres, a year on year rise of 155 percent, an official from the Ministry for Geology and Mining and Industry, said Thursday in Luanda.

José Gonçalves, the national director for the ministry’s studies, planning and statistics office said that production of bottled mineral water now covered all of the country’s needs and that it was now possible to stop importing mineral water.

“For that reason we are going to propose that on the new customs list that comes into force in 2012 the tax on importing mineral water be raised,” he said.

This rise, Gonçalves said, would encourage the emergence of more water treatment and bottling plants, and would allow those already in operation to increase their production and thus create more jobs.

Gonçalves said that a further four factories would soon start operating in Huíla province (two), Kwanza Norte and Benguela, which would be added to those already operating in Cabinda, Huíla, Bengo, Kwanza Sul, Benguela and Luanda. (macauhub)