HE Manuel Francisco Queiroz

Minister of Geology

Republic of Angola

 

HE Manuel Francisco Queiroz served as Chief of Staff/Legal Advisor to President dos Santos from November 2008 to 2012. From 29 September 2012 to date he was appointed as Minister of Geology and Mining - his first Ministerial appointment.

De Queiróz replaced Joaquim Duarte da Costa David in a September 2012 Cabinet reshuffle. The Ministry of Industry, Geology and Mines was split into two separate entities, one covering industry and the other geology and mines.

Since his appointment as Minister, de Queiróz has urged potential investors to invest in the mining sector, assuring them that his Ministry sought to ensure the transparency of the process. He has acknowledged that, in the past, it was necessary to resort to less transparent ways to gain access to mineral rights. However he asserts that, with the approval of the Mining Code, the regulations are now clear on how applicants can access these rights.