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Lack of textile production makes Angola big consumer of used clothes

Wed, 11 Mar 2020 12:17 - Updated Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:10

First Round Table on the issue of second hand clothing in Angola Photo: Nelson Malamba

Luanda - Angola has become one of the biggest consumers of used clothes from Europe and America due to lack of textile production in the country, said last Tuesday in Viana Municipality, Luanda, the director-general of the Industrial Development Institute.

Adérito Van-Dúnem made these considerations during the opening of the First Roundtable on the issue of second hand clothing in Angola, in an organization of the Consumer Protection Association (ADECOR) held in the premises of the Casa da Juventude (Youth House).

According to Adérito Van-Dúnem, in principle second hand clothes in the Angolan market came to respond to the need for clothing for the most needy population, benefiting from customs exemptions and which, due to its informality, did not contribute either to the creation of jobs or to the collection of tax revenue for the State.

The director-general of the Industrial Development Institute said its object has been distorted into commercial practice, with the importation of second-hand clothing becoming a commercial activity and not for free distribution or donation.

He stressed that in recent years, China has entered the competition for the used clothing business at more competitive prices, which has reduced the import of used clothes from Europe and America.

"Angola imports brand new clothes worth around USD 170 million and used clothes estimated at USD 65 million, resources that could be saved, if the country's textile industries were operating at full speed," he said.

He also stated that, as a result, the government invested millions of dollars in the rehabilitation and modernization of three industrial units that were paralyzed.

These are Textang II, África Têxtil and Satec, which will help to re-launch the country’s textile industry and the cotton sector, as well as will serve to boost the textile production in Angola and enable the re-launch of national production.

The Secretary-General of the Consumer Protection Association (ADECOR), Marcelino Caminha, informed that the Roundtable's objective is to discuss ways to contribute to national production and reduce the importation rate.

The Secretary General of ADECOR also warned that people do not buy products in commercial premises that do not accept returns.

He stressed that during the second half of 2019 until February this year (2020), ADECOR received 257 consumer complaints.

During the Roundtable, topics such as the ‘‘Legal situation in the import of used products in Angola” and the “Role of the Consumer General Inspection in the Inspection of Used Products in Angola’’ were lectured.

The activity is part of the 58th anniversary of World Consumer Day to be celebrated on March 15.