Angolan industrial sector has capacity to replace beverage imports

22 March 2013

Angola could reduce the amount of beverages it imports, totalling 60 billion kwanzas per year, by making use of the installed capacity of the country’s beverage industry, estimated at 3 billion litres per year, according to an estimate from the Angolan Industrial Association (AIA).

In a statement cited by newspaper Jornal de Angola, the AIA said that the national beverage industry was responsible for over 12,000 direct jobs and had capacity to distribute its products across the whole of Angola, using both its own means of transport and a network of agents and distributors.

In the statement, the AIA noted that replacing imports in the beverage sector could have a significant impact on reducing traffic at Angola’s ports, as thousands of containers arrive in Angola each year loaded up with beverages.

Recently the minister for Industry, Bernarda da Silva, set 2017 as the deadline for the country’s self-sufficiency in terms of beverages, saying that the government had been working on protecting Angola’s beverage industry by reducing imports of alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, water and juices.

In order to protect beverage production, the minister said, initiatives were being carried out that, in a short time, would mean that the country would no longer import the current amounts of beverages.

In 2012 the Angolan government raised customs taxes on imported products, according to the minister, “to reduce external dependence, diversify the economy and increase available jobs.”

The Angolan government ahs recently focused on re-launching the industrial sector by opening industrial hubs in a number of provinces.

At the end of 2011, the Luanda/Bengo Special Economic Zone (ZEE) Luanda/Bengo was launched in order to establish a sustainable economic and social hub and a centre for regional development.

The ZEE project became home to the first eight factories, with a view to diversifying Angola’s economy and making it more competitive in the goods and services market. The eight units are, Angolacabos, for fibre optic cables, Indutize, for paints and varnishes, Mateletrica, electrical materials, Mangotal, metallic structures, Pivangola, irrigation materials, Pipeline Angola, PVC pipes, and the fencing and wire factory, Vedatela.

The economic zone, which covers an area of 8500 hectares, is located in the municipal areas of Viana, Cacuaco, Icolo, and Bengo in Luanda province, and Dande, Ambriz and Nambuangongo in Bengo province.

The project outlines construction of 73 factories in total and provides areas with infrastructure and services so that by 2015 Angola can become a first choice for installation of industrial units and other businesses.

Along with the ZEE, other activities have been underway at the industrial hubs of Fútila (Cabinda), Soyo (Zaire), Catumbela (Benguela) and Matala (Huíla), in the Cassinga industrial and mining hub (Huíla) and the agro-industrial perimeter of Pungo-Andongo (Malange).

In the textile, clothing and footwear industry, Angola has taken its first steps by re-launching cotton cropping, recovery and development of textile production by re-launching textile factories Textang II, in Luanda, África Têxtil, in Benguela, and Satec, in Dondo, which had been at a standstill for over 20 years. (macauhub)