Angolan government to re-open former pulp and paper company

25 February 2014

The former industrial complex of Angolan pulp and paper company Companhia de Celulose e Papel de Angola (CCPA), located in the town of Alto Catumbela, will soon have a new paper factory, the country’s Minister for Industry, Bernarda Martins said at the weekend.

During a visit to the former CCPA facilities, in Benguela province, the minister said that the central government planned to refurbish the industrial complex, “taking into account the country’s economic development,” and added that an economic feasibility study was underway.

The minister noted that care needed to be taken of the forest perimeter of CCPA in order to put an end to “anarchic situations that have occurred, notably fires being set and unauthorised wood exploration.”

The minister announced that the CCPA had a new management commission, whose five members had a deadline of three months to prepare a report on measures to recover the forest areas of the former factory.

Martins also said that nine national and foreign companies were involved in eucalyptus and pine wood production in 18 forest areas, particularly in the Alto Catumbela region. (macauhub)