Angola bans cement imports in 2015

16 December 2014

The government of Angola has banned the import of cement in 2015 but set a quota of 150,000 tons for each of the outlying provinces of Cabinda, Cunene and Kuando Kubango, the minister for construction said Monday in Luanda.

Minister Waldemar Alexandre Pires said, after the meeting of the Economic Commission of the Council of Ministers, the decision was based on the fact that supply in demand of cement in Angola is the opposite of what it was in the past.

“Due to the investments made by various companies, the installed capacity of cement production in Angola is 8 million tons and demand is around 6.5 million tons,” said the minister, who noted the quota for those provinces was “an exception.”

The Proposed Joint Executive Decree approving cement import quotas for 2015 follows work by the Cement Sector Commission, coordinated by the Ministry of Construction, and also includes the Ministries of Trade, Industry and the Economy. (macauhub/AO)