Angolan minister calls for export of ornamental rocks to help overcome crisis

11 February 2016

The minister of Geology and Mining of Angola Wednesday in Lubango called for a boost to the ornamental rocks processing sector as a way to overcome the current crisis caused by a fall in oil prices.

Francisco Queiroz was speaking at the end of a meeting with mining operators in the south of the country, including the provinces of Huila, Namibe, Cunene and Kuando Kubango, under the government’s approval of measures for overcoming the crisis, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

The minister also suggested reducing bureaucracy of the finished product export system, studying means of access to foreign markets through cooperation agreements and international promotion campaign of Angolan granites and marbles.

During his visit, the Minister visited the southern regional head office of the Geological Institute of Angola, quarry company Omatapalo and the granite processing plant of Emanha. (macauhub/AO)