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Angola Market in Question


The Government of Angola has issued a document outlining economic and development strategy over the proximal four years to replace oil as the principal driver of the economy.  The Plano Nacional de Desenvolvimento considers promotion of domestic agricultural products including poultry, beef, pork, rice, cornmeal and flour.  Import restrictions will be imposed on wholesalers and domestic producers authorized to import goods.


It is anticipated that restrictions will be placed on imported chicken by 2022.  Angola was the second largest importer of U.S. broiler parts with a volume of 188,006 metric tons shipped from January through October 2018 with a value of $167.4 million at an average unit price of $890 per metric ton.

If the intended situation in Angola follows the pattern in Mozambique, the import permit system will become a cash-cow for officials in the Government who impose restrictions and then illegally profit directly or indirectly from issuing permits.  Domestic production of poultry will require foreign capital and it is questioned whether EU, North American or even Asian nations have the intestinal fortitude to deal with an acknowledged corrupt regime, temperature extremes and endemic diseases in addition to defects in the transport infrastructure and the absence of a cold chain for distribution. Angola was ranked by Transparency International in 2016 as the 164th most corrupt nation out of 176 countries bordering on the status of a “failed state”  Mozambique was ranked 161 out of 183 nations in 2018 by the same international agency.


The prospects of Angola becoming self-sustaining in broiler and egg production are considered doubtful given the record of implementation and performance of projects in other sub-Saharan nations.

Copyright 2019 Simon M. Shane