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National diamond cooperatives lament lack of tax incentives

This Friday, national diamond cooperatives pointed out the “lack of tax incentives”, the evasion of prospectors, access difficulties and mines in exploration zones as some of the obstacles to the activity in the interior of the country.

: Lusa
Lusa  

The concerns of operators in the diamond subsector in Angola were presented during the second meeting on the semi-industrial activity of diamonds in Angola, which takes place in Luanda, although some progress was indicated.

According to Georgina Nunda, representative of the cooperatives in Bié, the stoppage of some cooperatives in that province in the center and south of the country, which did not extend their licenses, was due to difficulties that are concerns of the members.

"They [members] allege a lack of investors, difficulties in access roads and that there are also cooperatives with mines, and all that are still obstacles to carrying out what is intended," said the official in statements on the sidelines of the meeting.

In relation to the recommendations left at the first meeting, the also administrator of the cooperative Tchitembo Tchalaza underlined that "70 percent advances were registered, particularly in marketing and help to try to mitigate the evasion of garimpeiros".

Félix Costa, representative of the Kwanza Sul cooperatives, regretted, in turn, the "lack of tax incentives", considering that they operate with financial and other difficulties caused by the current pandemic crisis.

"One of the biggest concerns that we bring to this meeting is the lack of tax incentives, we have had few tax incentives, we are working with financial difficulties, pandemic difficulties," he reported.

Despite the difficulties, the administrator of the cooperative, Cuanza Mucango, ensured a lot of work to be able to take the cooperatives "to semi-industrial companies".

The "growth of production levels", although shaken by covid-19, which has created a series of embarrassments, was pointed out by the entrepreneur as a positive factor in the sector.

The meeting, which takes place in Luanda, is promoted by the Ministry of Mining Resources, Oil and Gas, with minister Diamantino Pedro de Azevedo delivering the opening speech.

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