Japan to help Angola rebuild seaports

8 February 2006

Luanda, Angola, 08 Feb – The Japanese government has pledged to help Angola to rebuild the ports of Cabinda, Luanda, Lobito (Benguela) and Namibe in the next three years, a Japanese embassy official told Angolan news agency Angpop Tuesday.

Business attaché for the Japanese embassy in Luanda, Hzkoaki Sano told Angpop that the Japanese government had provided around US$30 million this year for implementing social and economic projects in several Angolan provinces, as part of the agreements between the two countries.

Sano said that this amount was currently being invested in agriculture and mine clearing.

In the agricultural sector the fund was providing fertilizers and agricultural implements to rural families in Huila province, while in mine clearing it was being spent on education programs on the danger of explosive devices and the recovery of mine victims, through physical rehabilitation centers in Luanda, Lunda-Sul and Huambo.

Sano said that he considered the relationship between Angola and Japan to be excellent and to have gained new momentum after the visit of President José Eduardo dos Santos to Japan and the opening of the countries’ respective embassies in Luanda and Tokyo. (macauhub)