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Sat, 05 Sep 2020 14:59 - Updated Sat, 05 Sep 2020 14:57

PDIC has 91 manufacturing units in operation

Catumbela - With 1,040 jobs provided, the Catumbela Industrial Development Pole (PDIC) currently has 91 plants in operation, in various branches of activity, ANGOP learnt Friday.

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Benguela: Unidade industrial de produção alimentar no PDIC

Photo: José Honório

Benguela: Josina Gonçalves, Administrator for administrative and financial area of PDIC

Photo: José Honório

 

According to Josina Gonçalves, the 91 companies operate in the production of consumer goods, mainly in public works, construction materials, hygiene products and foodstuff, with emphasis on biscuits, dairy products and beverages.

She added that of the 400 exploitation contracts signed, 300 are in force and, of these, 125 have resulted in installed companies and only 91 are in production, divided between Phase I, from Catumbela to Lobito, and Phase II, in Gama commune.

Josina Gonçalves explained that 36 contracts were cancelled and 64 terminated due to various irregularities, mainly the failure to make useful use of the area earmarked for industrial activity, which is basically the vocation of the PDIC.

The PDIC also saw 29 companies closed due to decapitalisation as a result of the worsening economic and financial situation in the country since 2014, as the source noted, indicating that the result had been the loss of 460 jobs in recent years.

According to the source, when it emerged, the PICP had 1,500 jobs, a figure which has now fallen to 1,040, being 975 national 65 foreign workers.

Even so, she said, there are good prospects, because five new industries are in the process of opening up in the Catumbela Industrial Development Pole, while another 25 are still in the installation phase.

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