Angola is due to start exporting wood to the Italian market in the next two years, as part of an agreement due to be signed soon by the Italian Organisation of Loggers and Decorative Materials and its Angolan counterpart, an Italian official said.
Aboard the Italian aircraft carrier Cavou, as part of a visit of the 30th Naval Group that has been in Angola since Thursday (13 February), Gianmarco Orefice, the international promoter of FederlegnoArredo, said that the agreement, for which a date has yet to be set, will be the end of a talks between Angolan and Italian businesspeople that began in 2010.
“At that time we set up a number of contacts between Angolan producers, traders and designers and showed our interest in reaching agreements for trade cooperation in the wood sector,” he said.
The representative of FederlegnoArredo, whose sales to the Angolan market totalled US$6 million in the last two years, noted the importance of Angola for expanding the company’s business.
The president of the Angolan Association of Industrial Loggers, Luís Silva told Angolan news agency Angop that the agreement came at a good time considering that FederlegnoArredo was one of the world’s biggest operators in the wood production and processing sector.
The Angolan Association of Industrial Loggers currently has 75 members across the country. (macauhub)