Eight hundred and sixty products, mostly food, already have the “Made in Angola” seal, awarded by the Ministry of Economy since 2012, when it launched the programme, said the programme’s coordinator.
Ana Celeste told Angolan news agency Angop that the initiative has 90 member companies, including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, and the “Made in Angola” programme aims to have 100 member companies by the end of the year.
“We are creating a support group to cover the provinces with a large number of companies, such as Benguela, Huila and Namibe, where we intend to recruit new members in order to include them in the programme,” said Celeste, noting that, in addition to Luanda, the initiative is present in other provinces including Cabinda, Uíge and Zaire.
Celeste also said that the number of applications to the programme continues to grow, and there are some companies that are trying to increase national added value to at least 50%, the minimum for products to be considered for the seal.
The programme was officially launched on 18 May 2012 and is part of the government’s measures for the promotion of micro, small and medium enterprises, promoting entrepreneurship, job creation and poverty reduction through the promotion of products and services produced in the country. (macauhub/AO)