Angola identifies areas for boosting cooperation with China

19 March 2007

Luanda, Angola, 19 March – Angola wants to boost its cooperative relationship with China in culture, sport, education, staff training, telecommunications, media, science and technology, officials have said.

The announcement was made by the delegation at the 3rd session of the Angola/China Bilateral Intergovernmental Commission held in Beijing on March 14 and 15 and headed by the deputy Foreign Relations minister, Irene Neto.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, in the cultural sector an agreement is being negotiated for setting up the Angolan national center for conservation and restoration, supplying the equipment for installing a binding and paper restoration workshop and training staff.

In terms of public construction projects, Angola is planning the construction of public buildings, including 39 courts, 57 municipal administration buildings and 57 police stations.

Angola also plans to negotiate a memorandum of understanding with China to train staff to support the building of two professional training centers in Luanda and Malanje with capacity for 300 people each.

The Angolan government is also interested in negotiating the construction of 500 houses for needy segments of the population and the signing of a cooperation protocol for construction and public works.

For the retail sector, Angola plans to analyze the possibility of granting preferential loans for the supply of primary need goods for rural distribution, construction and/or supplying the national Retail school and it laboratory and staff training.

The proposed agreements are in the hands of the Chinese government for analysis. (macauhub)