Angola: Government Encourages Barcode Implementation

Luanda — Angolan Executive encourages the private sector to arrange the creation and implementation process that allow the country to have national barcode, in order to ensure greater dignity to the national production.

The government's intention was expressed by the Secretary of State for Economy, Mário Caetano João, on Tuesday in Luanda.

The official was speaking during a bi-weekly briefing sponsored by Ministry of Economy and Planning.

He recalled that the Ministry of Economy and Planning submitted the creation of this code to the Global Standards System for Identification and Coding of Goods and Services, the world's most used service, in 2014.

This institution headquartered Brussels (Belgium) made some demands that the Angola has not yet complied with.

Such obligations include a minimum number of 500 subscriptions of economic operators and producers as well as creation of an independent body, without a clear hand of State.

The official explained that the barcode is a strict activity of the private sector, but the public sector has all the interest in having the products with that national code.

He said that the country has various products in the beverage, cement and others market. But when exported the barcode that appears is that of the another country, purchased by the producer from the States that have accreditation to issue the barcode.

"It is bit uncomfortable to see a national product that goes out to other country and the distribution chain notifies that the barcode is not Angolan", regretted the official.

On the other hand, the official explained that the recent statistics on the operation of the line of financing of the Economic Relief Measures for micro credit reveal a total number of 210 requests.

Thirteen more requests than last week, and a value in portfolio (credit requests) standing at Akz 47.1 million, Akz 8.7 million more than last week.

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