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Minister of Commerce wants national production report to decide on imports

The Minister of Industry and Commerce this Monday asked the industrial sector to release the national production record monthly to find out what is worth importing.


Victor Fernandes, who was speaking at the end of the briefing ceremony with his predecessors, underlined that one of the problems in the sector is the lack of information on national production.

According to the minister, who met with entrepreneurs and businessmen in the industry sector, if there is information on production "it is easier to say what is worth and what is not worth importing".

"The first battle that we are going to have right now is the numerical battle, of statistics, and knowing exactly who is producing, where it is producing, how it is produced and how we can try to improve - here in Luanda we are not yet producing - and creating conditions to produce what we do not yet do, "said Victor Fernandes.

The official stressed that no country lives only on national production, "they always import something", but the country's balance "is very unbalanced".

"We import a lot, a very common example is the import that we make of chicken. It doesn't make much sense, a country with so much potential, and we don't have self-sufficiency in chickens, for example," he said.

The holder of the Industry and Commerce portfolio stressed that he wants to develop the industry, in order to create conditions for all production to be done locally and made available in the distribution network.

Victor Fernandes stressed that the Government has ongoing measures to support productive activities, embodied in a project already approved and providing credit lines.

"There are, they are available and the associations that were with me today were 'briffer' in that sense, so that, in representation, their members can use these lines to manage the treasury issues, the import of inputs [raw materials], equipment ", he stressed.

The minister assured that the Government is attentive and finding solutions with businessmen, to solve their problems.


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