Angolan and Portuguese businesspeople sign cooperation agreements

7 April 2006

Luanda, Angola, 07 April – Ten cooperation agreements in the areas of public works, information technology, health and services were signed Thursday in Luanda, by Angolan and Portuguese businesspeople.

The agreements were signed in the presence Angolan prime minister, Fernando da Piedade dos Santos and his Portuguese counterpart, José Sócrates, who has been on an official visit to the country since Tuesday.

Two of the most important agreements are in the area of health: construction of a private Portuguese hospital and refurbishment of Prenda hospital in Luanda, an investment of US$11 million, and the protocol between Pharba Portugal and the Luanda pediatric hospital for prevention and mother and baby care.

In public works, Portuguese company and Angola’s Gema signed a partnership for developing real estate projects in Angola.

The two prime ministers also presided over the signing of agreements between drinks companies Sociedade Central de Cervejas (Portugal) and Refriango (Angola) and between CEP, (Portuguese Business Association, AEP, and the Portuguese Industrial Association, AIP), Grupo Amorim, Escom, Banco Comercial Português, Caixa Geral de Depósitos and Banco Português de Investimento for setting up a logistics support center for Portuguese investment and trade in Angola.

Beforehand, Sócrates had said that Portuguese businesspeople had come to Angola to stay and rejected the idea that the relationship between the two countries was too reliant on economics. (macauhub)