Seventeen new industrial units to start operating in 2012 in Angola’s Luanda/Benga special economic zone

30 May 2011

Luanda, Angola, 30 May – Seventeen new factories are due to start operating by the end of 2012 in Angola’s Luanda/Benga Special economic Zone (ZEE), the chairman of Angolan state oil company Sonangol, Manuel Vicente said Friday at the end of the inauguration of eight industrial units in the Zone.

During the ceremony to launch the ZEE, Vicente noted that there were currently 53 agri-industrial, industrial and services companies in the Zone, as well as 20 contracts that have been negotiated and waiting to be signed along with three contracts in which negotiation has been suspended.

The 73 factory units of the ZEE, according to the Sonangol president, are expected to produce poultry-based products, agricultural products, food, clothing and footwear, hygiene and cleaning products, irrigation equipment, electricity and telecommunications towers, fibre optic cables, electrical materials and equipment, plastics, construction materials and hardware.

Sonangol took part in the ZEE project guided by Angola’s President, José Eduardo dos Santos, both in terms of defining strategies for its execution and in providing qualified staff, and in technical, material and financial support, logistics via Sonils and providing facilities, said Vicente.

The process of transferring responsibility from the Office for National Reconstruction to Sonangol began in April, 2010 and the official document of receipt of the assets was signed by both parties on 11 October, 2010.

The President of the Republic Friday officially opened the factories of Angolacabos, for fibre optic cables, Indutive, for paints and varnishes, Mateletrica, electrical materials, Mangotal, metallic structures, Pivangola, irrigation materials, Pipeline Angola, PVC pipes, and the fencing and wire factory, Vedatela. (macauhub)