Angola’s southern region is expected to start exporting mining products in 2014, specifically iron ore, Angola’s minister for Geology and Mines, Francisco Manuel de Queiroz said Wednesday in Luanda.
Before setting off for a visit to the region, the visitor told Angolan news agency Angop that the members of his delegation would contact local mining producers, particularly those involved in mining iron ore in Cassinga, so that the aims of the export programme are achieved.
On a national level, Queiroz said that several mining sector projects were in place, but that the main one was focused on diamond mining and this only required some improvements in terms of tax collection.
However, he said that the government’s main objective was to diversify mining production as Angola has potential to mine other products such as gold, phosphates, cobalt and iron.
In order to do this the area is due to undergo a geophysical survey in order to achieve mining diversification and for the mining sector to increase its contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). (macauhub)