Industry in Central Africa

  • Dangote opens $300m cement plant in Congo-Brazzaville, country's biggest

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2017/11/27 The Dangote group has opened a $300 million cement production plant in the Republic of Congo. The facility which has a capacity of 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum is expected to be the biggest such facility in the Central African country. The plant is located at the Mfila area of the capital Brazzaville. The event which was graced by Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso brings to five the Dangote Group’s African footprints in the cement production business. The Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari was represented by a government delegation led by the Mines and Steel Development Minister, Kayode Fayemi. He emphasized the Buhari government’s desire to help indigenous companies to thrive.
  • Angola: Cinfotec to Train Over 3000 Citizens in 2017

    ANGOLA, 2017/01/23 The Integrated Centre for Technological Training (Cinfotec) in the year 2017 intends to train and certify about 3,578 citizens, with a view to surpassing the figure completed in 2016, which is 2,578, said last Thursday, in Luanda, the institution's general director, Gilberto Figueira. Deliverying a speech at the ceremony that served to open the 2017 term, Gilberto Figueira said it is fundamental to endow professional with the right competences and tools in areas like electricity, mechatronics, data and communication technologies, and meteorology.
  • Support from China for the industrialisation of Angola and Mozambique

    CHINA, 2016/06/04 Support from China for the industrialisation of Angola and Mozambique has been set as an objective on a government level, as large investments in local production capacity, even additional necessary at a time of economic difficulties, are presently expected. The Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in December 2015 in Johannesburg set the goal to shift Chinese industries to Africa, a subject that was discussed once again during the recent visit by Mozambican president, Filipe Nyusi, to Beijing, inclunding at the same time as his Angolan counterpart was in Beijing.
  • Africa: China - Africa's Springboard to Industrialisation

    CHINA, 2016/05/10 China is fast proving its mettle on its commitment to helping African nations come out of their situations to occupy world positions of prosperity. While some people on the continent are from presently on to wake up to that reality, the Asian country has a drawn-out vision which augurs well with the developmental aspirations of African nations. That China has emerged as Africa's major trading partner in the last few years is undisputable, with trade reaching $975,92 billion between 2011 and 2015.
  • Africa Industrialization Day through the micro lens

    AFRICA, 2015/11/30 Despite my years of research experience on African industrial development, it has come to my attention for the initial time that there has been a long tradition of celebrating Africa Industrialization Day on November 20—each year since 1990! But why celebrate African industrialization? In short, to raise world awareness on the importance and challenges of African industrialization and to stimulate the international community\'s commitment to the industrialization of Africa. In addition, African industrial development contributes to not just in general economic and social development but as well to this year’s theme: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for poverty eradication and job creation for women and youth. 1. Why do we care about African industrialization? All nations should have an active industrial policy to achieve sustainable development: Sound industrial policies present Africa opportunities to invest in its human and physical capital formation, in technological innovation, and in supportive institutions. In addition to the merits of industrialization on its own, African industrialization as well helps nations achieve pro-poor increase and safeguards economies against market and climate-related shocks. Thus, African industrialization is essential to spurring increase and improving in general well-being on the continent.
  • South African retailer sees wholesale opportunity at DRC-Zambia border

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2015/11/20 South African-based grocer Fruit & Veg City is planning on setting up a wholesale centre at Kasumbalesa, the border town between the DRC and Zambia, according to the retailer’s chief of African operations, Frans van der Colff. “I have stood at that border and [watched] trucks arrive and stand there, and they are emptied – they sell everything on the truck before they even cross the border. And people don’t come through the border post, they just run through the bush on the side, buy… and again simply run back and sell on the other side.” The road from Kasumbalesa leads to Lubumbashi, the DRC’s second major city, and Van der Colff said the route is “phenomenally busy”.
  • SME Expel Over 1000 Foreigners for Illegal Stay in Angola

    ANGOLA, 2014/12/11 The Migration and Foreigners Services (SME) expelled on November 27 to December 3 this year, at least 1.610 foreigners of various nationalities for illegal remain in the country. A source from the Interior Ministry informed on Tuesday to Angop that the figure represents additional 516 expatriates compared to the previous period, stressing that citizens were expelled from the country by administrative and legal proceedings.
  • Minister of Mining, Emmanuel Bondé

    CAMEROON, 2014/03/07 Minister of Mining, Emmanuel Bondé, has just published a call for expressions of interest in “pre-approving research agencies to provide work in relation to the opening of a diamond-cutting factory.” Interested parties have until March 31, 2014 to submit their bids to the Arrangement Services division of the Ministry of Mining. At the end of the newly launched process, Cameroon will have a diamond-cutting factory for the initial time in history and will be able to start the local processing of the precious stone. This will be in keeping with the Mining Code which requires that 15% of total production be processed locally.
  • India and China re-launches Angola’s diamond industry

    CHINA, 2013/08/15 Angola’s diamond industry is recovery from a long recession due to “strong request” from China and India, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. “Diamonds will continue to be the second major source of exports, although on a small scale compared with oil exports,” said the EIU in its July statement in Angola. Diamond exports of around 8 million carats per year are expected to increase in the next two years, “as new mines explored by South Africa’s De Beers and Russia’s Alrosa start production,” it said.
  • Portuguese mattress company plans to build factory in Angola

    ANGOLA, 2013/04/23 Molaflex, a Portuguese company specialised in manufacturing mattresses, plans to overcome the financial crisis in its major markets – Portugal and Spain – by entering other markets such as Angola, where it plans to build a factory, the company’s managing director said.