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Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:39 - Updated Mon, 02 Mar 2020 20:30

Dutch businesspeople invest in Angolan logistics chain

Luanda - The Angolan Government is working with Dutch businesspeople to build the country's logistics chain, to allow national production to reach one of the largest importers of agricultural products in the world, said on Monday in Luanda, the minister of Transport, Ricardo de Abreu.

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Speaking at a meeting with a business mission from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, composed of 25 members, with emphasis on businesspeople and government representatives, the minister underlined that the partnership will enable the Government to achieve the goals related to the promotion of national production and the diversification of economy.

In this process, Ricardo D'Abreu said that the Ministry of Transport will ensure the functionality of the logistics chain, so that production can reach the domestic and international consumer market.

To this end, he said that a set of infrastructure and projects are underway to ensure that products can leave safely and at the right time for consumer markets.

For the minister, the Netherlands is an important partner for Angola, it can be a much more important partner, as it is one of the most relevant countries in the domain of the logistics chain.

"The role of the transport and logistics sector in this activity, which is one of the important themes on our agenda, is to ensure that domestic production is able to reach domestic and international consumer markets," he said.

On his turn, the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Anne Van Leeuwen, considered the business partnership important for the Dutch potential in relation to fruit imports.

The business mission will serve to address issues related to the agro-logistics sector, namely areas of possible cooperation with the objective of exporting tropical fruits to the European market.

This initiative aims to increase fruit production, but also to improve the quality of tropical fruits produced in the Lobito corridor and other regions for export.

The business delegation has an agenda for fieldwork in the Lobito corridor, namely Benguela and Huambo, but is also expected to work in Quibala (Cuanza Sul province), in Caxito, (Bengo province) in Funda (Luanda).

The former Holand has a fruit import market valued at € 16 billion per year.

For example, only South Africa exports fruit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, equivalent to three billion euros per year.

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