The Angolan government has approved the founding of a public company for the production of military footwear and uniforms in the country and to stop imports of this type of products, according to a presidential dispatch.
Empresa Fabril de Calçados e Uniformes – Empresa Pública was granted initial capital of 1.920 billion kwanzas (US$11.5 million), with the respective factory built in the industrial zone of Cazenga, near Luanda.
The dispatch quoted by Portuguese news agency Lusa refers to “the need to reduce the costs of importing military uniforms and footwear,” to justify the creation of this state factory, but also the “strategic importance” that production represents, especially for military personnel.
The company’s statute stipulates that although it has the “main purpose of making footwear and military uniforms,” it may carry out other commercial activities “provided that they do not jeopardise its main purpose” and establish branches of the company elsewhere in country or even representations abroad.
The three branches of the Angolan Armed Forces currently comprise more than 100,000 soldiers, plus the security forces, firefighters and civil protection.
In 2015, Angola spent US$44.6 million on the purchase of uniforms and other military equipment from Chinese state-owned China Xinxing Import and Export Corporation. (macauhub)