Angola: Luanda opens consulate in Macau

7 November 2007

Macau, China, 7 Nov – Angola is due to open a consulate in Macau headed up by ambassador Rodrigo Pedro Domingos, the second of its kind in the Pearl River Delta, after a consular office was also opened in Hong Kong in April 2007.

The opening of a new Angolan consulate in Macau aims, amongst other things, to attract local businesspeople to invest in a country undergoing a reconstruction process, Domingos said in Macau Tuesday.

Noting that the creation of the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, in Macau was one of the reasons for opening the consulate, Domingos said that China had helped Angola to rebuild and the Angolan authorities also want to attract the interest of Macau businesspeople.

Domingos will also take on the task of identifying the Angolan community residing in Macau and wants to make contacts to increase the number of scholarship students at local higher education institutions, covering not only the traditional areas of Law and Engineering, but also widening to sectors such as hotels and management.

The inauguration of the Angolan consulate in Macau, the second with permanent facilities in the territory – after that of Portugal – will coincide with the ceremonies to mark 32 years since the country’s independence.

Angola is the second-largest of China’s partners in the Portuguese-speaking world and trade between the two countries totaled US$8 billion between January and August of this year, which was a year on year fall of 4.6 percent. (macauhub)