The government of Angola has decided to keep a ban on cement imports in 2017 because the installed capacity in the country greatly outstrips domestic needs, according to a joint executive decree dated 17 April.
The border provinces of Cabinda, Kunene and Kuando Kubango will this year continue to have access to imported cement, exceptionally and with a requirement for orders to be duly substantiated.
The decree in question, signed by the Ministers of the Economy, Abrahão Gourgel, Finance, Archer Mangueira, Industry, Bernarda Martins, Trade, Leal Constantino, and Construction, Artur Fortunato, removes any reference to quotas limiting the individual imports for these three provinces, which was previously 150,000 tonnes.
Installed cement production capacity in Angola is around 8 million tonnes, compared to consumption of 5 million tonnes in 2014, “along with the fact that, throughout 2015, there was increasing evidence of rising cement exports, without taking domestic needs into account,” said a previous decree, quoted by Portuguese news agency Lusa. (macauhub)