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Angolan industrialists in favor of reducing fuel subsidies

The president of the Industrial Association of Angola (AIA) was in favor of withdrawing state fuel subsidies, considering that it is necessary to correct prices, which even favor smuggling.


Speaking to Lusa, José Severino admitted that this "is the old dilemma of the Angolan economy, which has been dragging on for dozens and dozens of years without having, at times, had the courage to start setting that value".

The price per liter of fuel is higher than that of bottled water in many places and this "is something that, paradoxically, should not continue to consist of our economy", underlined José Severino.

According to the president of the (AIA), in a set of 80 proposals made for this five-year period in terms of the General State Budget (OGE), the issue of fuel was pointed out as an "unfair" tax and that benefits those with more purchasing power he has.

The leader of Angolan industrialists stressed that the Angolan economy loses more than US$200 million a year with fuel smuggling by keeping prices low.

"The most subsidized of all in the economy is the smuggler, so we have to have a position that cannot be resolved with the police, who do what they can, but are not omnipresent, and the more police you have in this process, the more you are overloading the OGE", he stressed.

For José Severino, it is necessary to correct prices, particularly diesel, the most smuggled.

On this matter, analyzing the internal economy, the president of the AIA recognizes that there are still energy deficits, but defends that the country "cannot wait to be perfect to "not assume that it is losing a lot of money" and that by correcting the price of fuels may compensate for sectors that do not have energy, such as fertilizers and fertilizers, he exemplified.

"The State has to have money to bring benefits to those who don't have energy, to farmers, for example, and for that it has to have resources, which have to start coming from the balance of what is the sale of fuel", he stressed.

José Severino reiterated that it is necessary for the State to start reducing fuel subsidies, a measure "which was not feasible in the election year, but which, in this initial year, has to start to be corrected".

Industry is still driven by generators, highlighted the president of the AIA, as well as agriculture, which still uses and will use tractors for a long time, a lot of energy to collect water, sectors that the Government must continue to subsidize.

This increase in prices will change the landscape of cities, reducing road traffic. In Luanda, you don't call, go, because many of our employees, including bank employees, could come in shared cars or go by bus, but everyone comes because they can and it's more comfortable in their cars. All of us, without exception, must be pressured in the rational use of fuels ", he noted.

For areas where there is no energy and the industry depends on fuel consumption, the AIA argues that there should be an additional effort "for the Government to put energy there", proposing that the executive accept public-private partnerships.


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