Local ornamental stone must be used in public works in Angola

5 June 2014

The use of ornamental stone quarried and processed in Angola will become a requirement for all public works projects in the country, the country’s Geology and Mining Minister, Francisco Queiroz said Tuesday in Luanda.

Speaking after the Council of Ministers Commission for the Real Economy analysed the proposal for a presidential decree to protect national production of construction materials, the minister noted that the intention was for State building projects to “make obligatory use” of ornamental stone produced in the country.

“Angola produces quality ornamental stone, such as black granite and marble,” so, “whenever there is State money involved in any project the stones will have to be national.”

Queiroz also said that the proposal, which is now being studied by the technical group of the Council of Ministers, is also intended to create a domestic market for ornamental stone.

Ornamental stone quarrying is carried out in southern Angola, specifically in the provinces of Huíla and Namibe and the stone is exported without being processed to Europe, particularly to Portugal, Spain and Italy. (macauhub/AO)