Angolan government plans for country to be self-sufficient in cement production by the end of 2012

26 September 2011

Luanda, Angola, 26 Sept – The Angolan industrial sector, by the end of 2012, may be self-sufficient in cement production and ceramic products, according to targets set by the Angolan government presented Friday in Luanda by the Economy Minister, Abraão Gourgel.

At the closing session of the 15th technical and scientific days of the Eduardo dos Santos Foundation (FESA), which started Tuesday and are entitled, “Industrialisation in the current context of Angolan development,” the minister said that the government aimed, by the end of 2012, for the industrial sector to produce at least 50 percent of the wood and steel consumed in the country.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Gourgel also said that as part of the country’s industrialisation programme for the 2009 to 2012 period, the government was working on the development of the entire construction materials manufacturing sector in order to reduce imports and meet the needs of the domestic market.

The minister noted that the industrialisation programme was linked to the broader strategy of diversifying the national economy and included activities that crossover t other sectors of great importance such as agriculture, livestock, fishing, energy and water, construction, logistics and support for manufacturing. (macauhub)