Asia and Europe are the main markets for ornamental stone exported by Angola, which is shipped from the port of Moçamedes, the national markets and marketing promotion director of the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum recently said.
Gaspar Filipe Sermão did not indicate the specific countries that take in more than 90 percent of the ornamental stone exported. However, the newspaper O País reported that Poland in Europe and the United Arab Emirates in Asia are the main markets for that Angolan product.
Sermão made his comments on the sidelines of a meeting on the subsector organised by his ministry. He explained that companies involved in the business had exported 20,000 cubic metres of ornamental stone during the first half of 2018, earning revenue of 2 billion kwanzas (nearly US$62 million).
Most Angolan ornamental stone comes from the provinces of Huíla and Namibe, which plan to improve both the quality and quantity of production, given current consumption trends in the country and in the international market.
Sermão acknowledged that several constraints limited exploitation and marketing activity, such as access routes to production zones, energy costs, port-related issues and the distance between major production zones and ports, as well as processing capacity.
Angola currently produces 64,500 cubic metres of ornamental stone per year. The target set for 2022 is 104,600 tons. (Macauhub)