Cargo transport in South needs greater consistency – minister

Angolan minister of Transport Ricardo de Abreu has stressed the need to boost the cargo transport in Southern Corridor in what he described as priority for the sector.

The minister said Monday in Lubango, southern Huila province, that the promotion of this segment will help speed up the diversification of the country’s economy.

Speaking after a meeting with the governor of Huíla, Nuno Mahapi, the minister said in addition to the oil sector, the Southern Corridor has exported the most in terms of volume.

He spoke of the need of greater consistency so that the transport activity has another dimension.

“From what we have seen and heard, from the mineral operators, the numbers can grow significantly. And if that happens, it necessarily has to have another capacity and availability to be able to support this activity”, stressed Ricardo de Abreu.

However, he said that work is being done in a coordinated and inclusive manner in order to respond to the concerns of businessmen.

The Southern Corridor, which crosses the provinces of Namibe, Huíla and Cuando Cubango, has handled over the last six months, via the Port of Namibe, over 600,000 tons of cargo and another 100,000 through the Moçâmedes Railway (CFM).

The minister has been in Lubango to chair the activities to Revive the Transport and Export Process of Iron Ore and Ornamental Stones in Southern Angola.

The forum, running until Wednesday, is designed for companies operating in the Southern Corridor of Angola, especially in the sectors mining, rail-port and logistics transport.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)