Angolan government considers building new industrial hubs

3 July 2014

The Angolan provinces of Malanje and Uíge and the regions of Bom Jesus (Luanda), Caála (Huambo), Soyo (Zaire) and Saurimo (Lunda Sul) may be the locations of new Industrial Development Hubs, the Angolan Secretary of State for Industry said Wednesday in Luanda.

Kiala Ngone Gabriel told Angolan news agency Angop that the new hubs would be built in stages, based on the funding available, and would initially be small but grow as they developed.

Gabriel said that the Commission for the Real Economy of the Council of Ministers had been receptive to the project to build the new hubs and that they may be included in the 2015 Public Investment Programme.

In relation to the older hubs, he said that the one if Viana (Luanda) with an area of around 2,885 hectares and in Catumbela (Benguela) with 2,107 hectares already had industrial units set up in them, and that there were also industrial hubs in Lucala (Kwanza Norte) and Fútila (Cabinda).

“It would be good to have at least one hub in each province, but the cost of building them makes us believe we will be talking about this for many years to come,” said Kiala Gabriel.

The process of creating the development hubs began in 1998 when the industrial development hub policy was approved, via resolution 1/98 of 10 March. (macauhub/AO)