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Angola formalized 200,000 informal operators and provided 2.6 billion kwanzas in microcredit

The Government announced last Thursday that it had formalized around 200,000 informal operators with the implementation, seven months ago, of the Informal Economy Reconversion Program (PREI) and made available 2.6 billion kwanzas in microcredit.


According to the Minister of State for Economic Coordination, Manuel Nunes Júnior, most of the operators removed from the informal circuit are women, especially young people between 15 and 40 years old.

The 2.6 billion kwanzas made available under the PREI, officially launched on November 16, 2021, comprise 2775 microcredits that generated more than three thousand jobs.

"The PREI was launched in November 2021 and since that date it has evolved a lot and around 200,000 operators, mostly women, were removed from the informal circuit and became part of the formal economy", said the minister on Thursday.

Manuel Nunes Júnior was speaking at the Catinton market, in the urban district of Maianga, in Luanda, where he laid the first stone for the construction of a mixed building that should house all PREI services in an integrated manner.

The PREI, funded by the European Union (EU), is a program operationally managed with the Ministry of Economy and Planning in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The process of formalizing the informal economy brings together multisectoral services, namely from the national identification, registration and notary department, municipal administration, General Tax Administration (AGT), Guiché Único da Empresa (GUE), National Institute for Employment and Vocational Training (Inefop) , National Institute for Support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Inapem), National Institute for Social Security (INSS) and microcredit companies.

PREI's first mixed-use building should bring together all services, including a community kitchen, medical clinic, pre-school and literacy room for informal workers and economic units in the Catinton market, one of the largest in Luanda.

For Manuel Nunes Júnior, the infrastructure, budgeted at 100 million kwanzas and which should be built in three months, constitutes an "important element for the sustainability" of the process of formalizing the informal economy.

"As well as for the reversal of the vulnerabilities of our markets normally associated with poor health and work conditions and also little dignified", he underlined.

This initiative "signals our executive's intention to turn the PREI into a permanent service for the formalization of economic activities, in order to demonstrate to our entrepreneurs that the PREI brings with it tangible, very concrete benefits", he stressed.

"It is a very useful program for everyone, it is necessary to realize that joining the PREI brings added value to your business. With the consolidation and expansion of the PREI, we all win", underlined the minister.

The technical coordinator of PREI, Celso Borja, told Lusa, at the time, that the 200,000 operators already formalized exceeded the initial target, which pointed to 50,000 operators.

The mixed building of the PREI, he noted, signals the sustainability perspective of the PREI, guaranteeing that the model will be replicated in the 18 provinces of the country "which will allow the PREI to move from a program to the permanent service of the formalization of economic activities".


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