Source: Macauhub

The Economic Commission of Angola’s Council of Ministers considered changes to the Public Contracts Law intended to increase confidence and international good practice, according to a statement issued at the end of the meeting.

The statement added that the changes to the Law are also intended to mitigate the constraints identified in the process of setting up and carrying out public contracts.

The changes are also intended to introduce standards for market operations and practices, as well as rights, obligation and guarantees of market operators.

The Council of Ministers meeting held on Wednesday also looked at the draft bill of the Legal Regime on Property Registration, which is intended to improve property management and may increase security of ownership, make property law processes more dynamic, as well as implement the programme to improve the business climate.

In this area, the economic commission approved the regulation on conditions to operate in civil construction and public works, as well as works design and inspection.

The bill introduces changes in the classification process, registration of public works contractors and their inspection.

The procedure involves expanding the entities responsible for issuing registration documents and licenses, as well as simplifying and reducing the bureaucracy of procedures for obtaining authorisations.

The Economic Commission also approved the General Regulation on Environmental Impact Assessment and the Environmental Licensing Procedure, which sets the standards and regulatory procedures in these areas for private and public projects.

The document also sets out the environmental licensing procedure for activities, which by the nature, location or size, are likely to have an environmental and social impact.