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Angola has created fewer jobs in the mining sector due to the covid-19 pandemic

The National Director of Mineral Resources said this Wednesday in Luanda that only 200 direct jobs were created this year, in the geology specialty, because many mining projects were not developed due to covid-19.


André Buta Neto, who presented this data during the conference called "The Angolan Mining Sector is Open for Business - Regulatory and Legal Changes to Attract Investment", organized by AME Trade Digital, stressed that the employability index this year is "very low".

"This year, many projects were not developed, because with the pandemic most of the projects in prospecting ended up not being carried out," said André Buta Neto, emphasizing that the prospecting phase is the one that employs least.

According to André Buta Neto, a project in prospecting has a team of six to 12 people, depending greatly on the plan and the area to be covered.

"This year for us has not been good, not only for Angola, but worldwide. All the projects had started their mining activity last year, in December, but most of the teams for being expatriates went to spend the festive season and ended up not returning", he explained.

Between January and February "the pandemic started worldwide and Angola was not out of the effects," stressed Buta Neto.

Angola registers 338 deaths and 14,742 cases of covid-19.

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