The information was transmitted, in South Africa, by the Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, at the Angolan Mining Investment Forum, part of the Mining Indaba 2023 Conference, taking place in Cape Town.
According to the official, Angola has critical investment opportunities in minerals and will be a reliable source for the critical minerals needed for the energy transition.
"However, we must emphasize that the Angolan Government will not only promote the extraction of these minerals, but will also require that a significant part of its value chain also be developed in our country", he stressed.
At this forum, which took place under the motto "Critical Minerals for the Energy Transition", the Angolan minister assured that the current list of critical minerals that Angola has provides "greater confidence and predictability" to investors, in the country's priorities and capacities to produce critical minerals.
Given the greater urgent need to develop critical miners in Angola, he continued, "efforts" are concentrated on lithium, iron ore, nickel, lead, cobalt, copper and rare earth elements, "aimed at the entire value chain".
The minister estimated, for the next five years, the start of production of neodymium and praseodymium, metals used in the manufacture of batteries for electric cars, in addition to copper and niobium.
"This means that Angola can make a big leap forward in terms of mining critical minerals in the next five years," he admitted.
The minister stressed that critical minerals currently represent a "generational opportunity" for the Angolan Government, economy and net zero future, as they are the "base on which modern technology is built".
"Simply let it be said and confirmed that there is no energy transition without critical minerals and that is why critical minerals supply chain resilience is a growing opportunity for advanced economies," he pointed out.
For Diamantino Azevedo, without critical minerals there is no energy transition for Angola and the world.
By investing in critical minerals, he argued, you are "building a sustainable industrial base in all critical minerals for generations to come".
He also assured potential investors that Angola has "significant deposits" of critical minerals, a stable investment environment, a strong regulatory model and good governance to attract reliable companies from the world's main investors.
"To simplify, we can say that our potential investors need to trust someone. So, let's make them trust us", concluded the Angolan minister, who heads the Angolan delegation to the event.
The Mining Indaba 2023 Conference, considered the largest African investment event in the mining sector, runs until Thursday.