At least ten new projects, valued at US$77.4M, were approved this year by the Luanda-Bengo Special Economic Zone (ZEE), with a view to increasing private investment and consequently the employment rate in the country.
According to the chairman of the board of ZEE, António da Silva, the amount will be invested in sectors such as food, with three projects, energy (2), as well as housing, steel, ceramics, pharmaceuticals and a vehicle inspection centre, with one project each.
Speaking at the public presentation of the members of the Angolan Young Producers Association Board, which took place Friday (2 July), at the ZEE, the manager said that of the ten new projects approved five were of Angolan origin, two from Rwanda, while India, Eritrea and Germany have one project each.
The CEO of the Private Investment and Export Promotion Agency (AIPEX) also said that it was expected to create 1,087 new jobs, when the approved projects were fully operational.
Still within the scope of promoting jobs, António da Silva recalled that last April the “Bolsa de Oportunidades” (Opportunities Stock exchange) platform was launched, with the purpose of bringing the employers closer to the candidates for job vacancies in the ZEE, with greater emphasis on the first job for young people.