Angola’s participation in SADC and African Continental Free Trade Zone might influence the transformation of producers into suppliers or partners of projects focused on agri-business in the region, said the minister of Industry and Trade, Victor Fernandes.
The minister was speaking at closing ceremony of the two-day First International Cassava Congress held in northern Malanje province on Saturday.
Victor Fernandes said that the presence of the country in this regional group is an opportunity for its access to the market of the countries holding a substantive value chain in the continent, in the view of production flow the continent foresees to attain.
“As we develop these supply lines we should consider a set of factors that allows the production and supply flow, including the creation of conditions to facilitate the access to a new market channel and regional processing points”, he noted.
The minister also said that the challenges to integrate cross-border production entail necessarily the use of sophisticated techniques for the marketing of national products, such as cassava and its derivatives.
To him, the Congress represents another opportunity to find the reality of the industry and trade sector and other ones which guarantee absorption of the real elements for the assessment of the needs and improve the public policy action at a local level.