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Angola continues to attract foreign investment

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An aerial view of the Special Economic Zone of Luanda-Bengo (ZEE). The ZEE continues to attract more FDI and investors to Angola as it has a very competitive offering, such as the lowest operational costs in Southern Africa with a reliable electricity supply, potable water, and world-class infrastructure. Image credit: ZEE

Angola continues to attract foreign investment

Angola’s much touted privatisation drive has gone a long way to lure foreign investors to the once closed economy.

By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine

Angola offers numerous attractive business incentives and investment laws that support Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). One of President João Lourenço’s priorities, since his first inauguration in 2017, was to diversify the country’s economy and to attract more FDI, which is why some new reforms were implemented.

Manuel Francisco Pedro, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Special Economic Zone of Luanda-Bengo (ZEE) of Angola, tells WhyAfrica in an exclusive interview that the new Private Investment Law (2018) made it easier for foreigners to invest in Angola.

“The new Private Investment Law (2018) gave foreign investors the same rights to access tax incentives and investment aid as locals. The issue of capital repatriation is now protected by law, ensuring that foreign investors have the right to transfer and repatriate dividends or other income from a direct investment,” says Pedro.

Petro adds that the new Private Investment Law also offers tax incentives, with tax reductions in the range of 20% to 50%, for periods of up to two years, regarding industrial tax, capital investment tax, and tax applicable to the acquisition of property intended for investment.

“Under this law, the government established the contractual investment regime. It means investors can negotiate certain incentives and tax benefits directly with the government if their project meets certain legal requirements and has a structural impact on Angola’s economic development,” he says.

ZEE attracts more investors (Angola continues to attract foreign investment)   

Since 2020, the inflow of capital from foreign investors who wish to invest is exempt from licensing by the Angolan central bank (BNA). The Special Economic Zone of Luanda-Bengo (ZEE) is also playing its part to attract more FDI and investors to Angola as it has a very competitive offering, such as the lowest operational costs in Southern Africa with a reliable electricity supply, potable water, and world-class infrastructure.

The ZEE is also transitioning from a Special Economic Zone to a Free Trade Zone to offer better and bigger incentives to investors—like its own tax regime, as well as customs, exchange, labour, and migration incentives that will be even more investment-friendly.

Diversifying the economy (Angola continues to attract foreign investment)   

Angola has historically relied on its oil and diamond reserves to drive the economy. Although these sectors still play a significant role, there has been renewed attempts to diversify the economy with a strong focus on the mining, energy and agricultural sectors.

According to Pedro, agribusiness is the government’s big bet for the next five years, and financing lines have been secured from the Development Bank of Angola. There are close to 58 million hectares of fertile, arable land – with the potential for two harvests a year.

Planagrão (National Plan for Grain Production) has already been approved with abound USD500-million per year and an equivalent amount for infrastructure and access to production areas. Planagrão will enhance the development of wheat, rice, soya, and maize crops and from 2027 should produce six million tons of these grains per year. In 2021, Angola produced about 3.14 million tonnes of grain a year.

Initially, Planagrão will be developed in the provinces of Moxico, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul and Cuando Cubango, over an area of more than two million hectares.

There is also Planapescas (National Plan for the Promotion of Fisheries), for which the government will channel USD300-million dollars and another USD300-million over the next three years to support animal production and derivatives.

In total, more than USD3-billion, including public infrastructure, will be used to position Angola among the main African agricultural producers.

The full interview with Pedro and more tips on how to do business in Angola will be published in the July issue of the WhyAfrica magazine. To subscribe to WhyAfrica’s newsletters and magazines click here: https://www.whyafrica.co.za/subscribe/

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Angola continues to attract foreign investment

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