Africa-Press – Angola. A fishing complex with the capacity to process 10 thousand tons of fish per month was inaugurated this Saturday in the municipality of Soyo, Zaire province, by the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Cármen do Sacramento Neto.
This is a fishing project costing 80 million dollars allocated to the company Seatag. It is co-financed by Angolan and Chinese businesspeople.
Located in an area of eight hectares, the fishing unit provided, in the first phase, 800 direct jobs, mostly for local young people.
Work on this fishing project, which will also process around 250 tons of dried fish per month, began in 2020.
Among the facilities, the aforementioned infrastructure has six ships with 24 freezing tunnels, six processing tanks and two conservation chambers, with the capacity to store five thousand tons of fish each.
The complex also has treatment, packaging, drying, storage and invoicing areas, in addition to a 115 meter long and ten wide pier that allows four small, medium and large vessels to dock at the same time.
The executive director of the company Seatag, Alcatir Costa, said that of the 16 vessels built for the project, six have already been licensed, while the remaining ten are awaiting the “green light” from the competent authorities.
He said that, in the first phase, the merchandise will be sold on the national market to contribute to the efforts of the Angolan Executive aimed at diversifying the economy.
The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Cármen do Sacramento Neto, praised the company’s initiative and reiterated the Executive’s institutional support for similar projects, with a view to contributing to the country’s development.
In turn, the governor of Zaire, Adriano Mendes de Carvalho, said that the fishing complex constitutes added value for the province, as, in addition to providing more fish for the local population, it generated hundreds of jobs for youth.
“I hope that the project takes subsequent steps to achieve the recommended goals and contribute to the diversification of the country’s economy”, he said.
He invited national and foreign businesspeople to invest more in the province of Zaire, taking advantage of the region’s potential in the areas of agriculture, fishing, mining, tourism, among others.