Angolan industrial sector needs technical product certification standards

9 January 2017

The Angolan industrial sector loses competitiveness due to the lack of technical standards to certify processes and entities that guarantee consumers the reliability expected of a quality standard system, said the Angolan Minister of Industry.

Bernarda Martins, quoted by Angolan news agency Angop, said that these failures pave the way for the introduction on the market of poor quality products that are unfair competition to those produced according to international standards.

The minister stressed the need to support the Angolan industrial sector with training programmes for entrepreneurs and workers, to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation processes and products through technology centres.

“The macroeconomic reality was reflected in the case of manufacturing, in the contraction of the domestic market with impact on sales of businesses, a situation that was aggravated by the lack of foreign exchange available to our industries for the purchase of raw materials, parts and technical assistance abroad,” added the minister.

Taking stock of the Ministry’s activities, Bernarda Martins said that, Angolan industrial production therefore fell, after very positive growth from 2002 to 2014, with an interregnum in 2009 as a result of the global economic and financial crisis.

The manufacturing sector has two thousand active companies, employs 30,000 workers, represents 4.3% of Angola’s gross domestic product and between 2009 and 2013, approved deals valued at US$1.3 billion, according to figures provided in December by the Minister of Industry. (macauhub)