The ministry is contacting the provincial governments to get them to provide land to establish industrial hubs, the Minister for Industry, Bernarda Gonçalves Martins said on Tuesday in Lubango.
The minister, according to Angolan news agency Angop, met with the provincial governor of Huíla, João Marcelino Tyipinge, as part of a quick visit to Lubango, said hubs had already been set up in the provinces of Cabinda, Benguela and Huambo.
Bernarda Martins said the government of Benguela province had already provided a plot of land with an area of 100 hectares to set up one of these hubs, regarded as one of the ways to develop Angolan industry through public-private partnerships.
“It is the State’s responsibility to provide supporting infrastructure for industrial hubs such as power grids, water and telecommunications, but it is not the government’s responsibility to build manufacturing facilities, which is something that should be left to the private sector,” the minister said.
Martins stated that, taking into account the lack of financial resources, what the government has done is to create conditions for the private sector to make its projects successful within the hubs.
The minister said that the ministry responsible is also putting together a rural industry development programme, which is already running in the province of Benguela, including the construction of small industrial facilities to be run by potential investors. (macauhub)