Angola: Integration - Removal of Customs Tariffs Planned for This Year - Trade Minister

Luanda — The Angolan Trade minister, Joffre Van-Dúnem, informed on Tuesday that still this year Angola will provide its customs tariffs proposals to SADC member states, in the ambit of its integration in the region's Free Trade Zone.

Speaking to the Angolan Public Television (TPA)'s Tv show entitled "Grande Entrevista" (Big Interview), the government official said that the removal of customs barriers happens having into the agreement that some products deserve protection and that it will take 5 to 10 years for the conclusion of the process.

As he affirmed, through the new tariffs chart, Angola will start real conversations to the finally adhere to the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

He went on to mention that adhering to the SADC and the Continental FTZ is a great opportunity for all entrepreneurs.

In his view, the country has to be competitive in both price and quality so that products considered fundamental can be sold in neighbouring countries.

The minister made public that the Angolan commerce sector has the finance support of €12.000.000 (Twelve million Euros) to help the country accelerate the commercial activity and boost investments on small and medium size companies, in an initiative of the European Union.

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