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Governor of Kwanza Norte in final effort to save Eka brewery after stalemate

Adriano Mendes de Carvalho, governor of Kwanza Norte, wants to stop Eka's strike. The governor has asked the brewery's management for a moratorium and will ask the ministries of Trade and Industry and Economy to help find a viable solution for the company.

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Adriano Mendes de Carvalho's request was made this Wednesday during a meeting with representatives of the management and workers of Eka. In that meeting the economic and social impact in that region was evaluated in case the factory stops, writes Angop.

Explaining that the government of Kwanza Norte does not support the shutdown of the brewery, since it will have a great impact on the lives of the residents of that province, Adriano Mendes de Carvalho also made it known that he will ask for help from the ministries of Trade and Industry and Economy to find a viable solution to stop the closure of Eka and thus secure jobs.

At the end of the meeting, the general director of Eka, Marc Mayer, explained that the Eka brand will be made in other breweries, based in Luanda and Benguela, which belong to the group.

He also explained that in terms of finances, it is more advantageous to import beer than to maintain the production costs of Eka.

António Miguel Manuel, from the Trade Union Commission of Eka workers, who was also at the meeting, said he was against the production of that brand in other factories, mentioning that this decision will destroy many jobs.

He suggested that the management contract that the company has with the State should be extinguished and that it should be put out to public tender to find new investors.

Eka stopped its machines on June 1st.

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