January 24 2005
December 6 2004 saw the entry into force of the new Law on Industrial Activities in Angola. The legislation sets out the general norms and principles applicable to all industrial activities, as well as the rules for the avoidance of risks to security, public health and the environment inherent to such activities.
The law applies to all industrial activities which are not governed by specific legislation, including waste disposal industries, as well as engineering, technological assistance and consultancy services directly connected to industrial activities.
The main norms and principles set forth in the law applicable to the above industrial activities are as follows:
According to the law, in order to implement the above principles, the government will enact legislation on:
As follows from Article 2 of the law, the above legislation must seek, among other things, to:
Although the law will only be fully enforceable with the approval of the above regulations which will implement its general norms and principles, existing industries are already required to register with the Industrial Registry. Registration must be made within 180 days of December 6 2004.
New legislation on the licensing and requirements applicable to industrial
activities and facilities is to be enacted in the near future, in line with
the principles and norms now set forth in the law. The safety and quality of
industrial activities, and the prevention and reduction of the risks inherent
to those activities, will likely be the cornerstones of the new legislation.
In the interim, existing industries have six months to register with the Ministry
For further information on this topic please contact Alberto Galhardo Simões at Miranda, Correia, Amendoeira & Associados' Lisbon office by telephone (+351 21 781 4800) or by fax (+351 21 781 4802) or by email (Alberto.GalhardoSimoes@mirandalawfirm.com).
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