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Market sellers from 30 eager for the first identity card

Hundreds of vendors at Mercado do 30, in Luanda, without identity cards or birth certificates, flocked to the registration brigade installed there, eager to have access to the citizenship document, which they consider “very important”.

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The registration brigade was installed in the market, about 30 kilometers from the center of Luanda, as part of the Program for the Conversion of the Informal Economy (PREI), formally launched with the support of 14.5 million euros from the European Union (EU) .

A large part of the sellers went to the brigade in search of citizenship, considering access to an identity card or birth certificate as an "important step towards citizenship", for their "commercial activity and for their children".

Some conceived and others with babies in their arms, sellers of various products at the market, in the municipality of Viana, one of nine in Luanda, were present in that registration brigade, from where despite the delay they did not budge and expressed satisfaction after being attended to.

"I came here to deal with my [identity] card, it's important because it helps us in several things, like opening a bank account, circulating in and out of the country and I'm happy with this initiative, I'm very grateful," said Cristina Nuvila Catchigungo, salesperson for vegetables.

Maria Isabel, seller of household items, told Lusa that she had the entire morning set aside to deal with her identity card for the first time, so she dismissed the business in search of her citizenship title.

"It is a document that is very important to me, because from then on I will be able to deal with other documents and also legalize my three children", she said, regarding the identity card.

Maria Goevati, who has been selling clothes in the market for eight years, also appealed to the registration brigade at Mercado do 30, considering the identity card as a "means to expand the business and support the family".

PREI was formally launched on the market this Tuesday by the Minister of State for Economic Coordination, Manuel Nunes Júnior, at a ceremony attended by other members of the Government.

The process of formalizing the informal economy brings together multi-sector services, namely from the national department of Identification, Registration and Notary, municipal administration, General Tax Administration (AGT), Single Company Office (GUE), National Institute of Employment and Professional Training (Inefop) , National Institute of Support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Inapem), National Institute of Social Security (INSS) and microcredit companies.

The authorities ensure that the process of formalizing informal economic activity "is completely free, the simple form of which culminates in the issuance of a bank card or street vendor card" and also contributes to the constitution of an individual commercial company or by quotas.

The PREI has financial support of 14.5 million euros, donated by the EU for the budgetary reinforcement of its operationalization in the next nine months, in Angola.

The operational management of the program, which covers the 18 provinces, is the responsibility of the Ministry of Economy and Planning in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Speaking to Lusa, Angola's national director of Registries and Notaries, Carlos Cavuquila, explained that the brigade he represents expects to register around 4000 sellers from the Mercado do 30 who, "according to estimates by the Ministry of Economy and Planning, do not have any identification ".

"We have a brigade in order to register those who have never had a civil registry and assign an identity card to those who have never had an identity card or who may need to renew their identity cards," he stressed.

The PREI will be extended to the remaining 24 markets across Luanda and the interior of the country.