Angola: Portuguese-speaking ministers discuss building Economic and Financial training center

1 February 2008

Luanda, Angola, 1 Feb – The ministers for the Economy and Finance of African countries with Portuguese as an Official Language (PALOP) are due to meet Saturday in Luanda to discuss the construction and installation of a Training Center for their sectors.

Angolan news agency Angop cited Mozambican deputy finance minister, Pedro Couto as saying that “the fundamental ideas on what the institute should be have already been defined,” based on discussions over a few years, however, “these have evolved and Angola was the country chosen to house the center.”

According to Couto, although the issue of language is often not a problem, a conclusion had been drawn that it would also be useful to have a facility to provide training in macro-economics and financing of public management in Portuguese.

Meanwhile experts are due to meet Friday in Luanda ahead of the ministerial meeting to debate the documents and issues covered by the Economy and Finance ministers.

The African Countries with Portuguese as an Official Language are Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe. (macauhub)