29 Sep 2013 11:40
GOBABIS, 29 SEP (NAMPA) The Governor of the Cuando-Cubango province in Angola, Francisco Higino Lopes Carneiro, has called for more trade between Namibia and Angola in a bid to increase intra-Africa trade.
Carneiro was a special guest at the just-ended Omaheke Trade Fair (OTF) on the invitation of the Office of the Omaheke Regional Governor.
Speaking during a briefing session between his delegation and top Omaheke regional leadership on Friday, Carneiro said Namibia should consider Angola as a formidable export destination for its meat products.
He said while Namibias largest meat export destination the European Union (EU) may offer the best prices for its products, exports to Angola would contain less red tape and could be a logistically hassle-free process compared to the EU.
Our province, which just like the Omaheke Region is Angolas backbone in terms of beef production, provides a huge market for Namibias meat products. As such, I invite the Omaheke regional leadership to seriously consider exporting its meat to the Cuando-Cubango Province, he said.
Carneiro said the Omaheke Region was ideally located to attract huge investments from Namibias neighbouring countries by serving as a portal into the Namibian market.
The governor noted that Gobabis location along the Trans-Kalahari Highway provides a vital link to neighbouring countries, something the Angolan delegation could use to advance their business interest across the rest of southern Africa.
Intra-Africa trade has been described by many leading economist and experts in development as the missing link towards the economic emancipation of the naturally rich African continent.
Cuando-Cubango is Angola's second largest province, but one of the least densely populated, with an area of 199 335 square kilometres occupied by some 700 000 inhabitants.
It is situated in the far south-eastern corner of Angola, bordering with Zambia and Namibia.