Minister says credit to the economy remains sound in Angola

10 February 2015

Lending to the economy has remained “solid” since the beginning of the year, despite budget restrictions, due to the economic diversification programme, Angola’s Minister for the Economy said in Luanda.

Abraão Gourgel, who made this statement at the end of a cabinet meeting, said the economic diversification programme included adoption of procedures that do not require extensive resources and will eventually lead to a substantial improvement in access to credit.

“This programme includes actions such as promotion of access to internal and external credit for projects that are accelerating the diversification of the economy,” said the Economy Minister cited by state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

The minister said a ministerial technical was developing a model to support the financing of the non-oil industry, a model that is due to be ready this year.

Gourgel said there were plans to implement practices successfully used by the oil sector to promote development in Angola, boost agricultural insurance to complement credit and promote agricultural loans for which the funds have already been earmarked in the State Budget. (macauhub/AO)