"Until today the companies ask for the declaration of the exportation of the samples. We did not have laboratories to do the analysis, at this moment we have, but we cannot oblige the companies not to export the samples because our laboratories are in a phase of accreditation and certification," said this Wednesday the president of the board of directors of the Geological Institute (Igeo), Canga Xiaquivuila.
The leader, who was speaking at the presentation of the results achieved by the National Geology Plan (Planageo), added, however, that "there are companies that make requests for analysis of samples in national laboratories.
Angola has three geosciences laboratories, namely one at the headquarters of Igeo, in Luanda, one in Lunda Sul province and another in Huila province, all "equipped with modern specialty technology.
According to Igeo's technical consultant, Ginga Pereira, who presented at the meeting the laboratory infrastructures to support mining exploration in the country, geochemical and geological surveys and specific studies are planned under Planageo.
Planageo was launched in May 2014 with the stated aim of making a scientific survey of the mineral and geological potential in order to attract international investment to the sector.
Under this project, which already has an aerial geophysical survey concluded in the northern, southern and eastern regions of Angola, it is planned to collect approximately 50,000 samples, Ginga Pereira said.
The Huíla laboratory has already collected 6,000 samples of minerals and geological resources in the region and the Luanda central laboratory has already received close to 5,000 samples, as part of Planageo's activities.
Canga Xiaquivuila noted, on the occasion, the importance of the data already collected by Planageo considering that the project produced "valuable information," and also noted that "there are several manifestations" of multinationals to invest in Angola in light of the Planageo results.