Luanda, Angola, 27 June – The Angolan Public Works Minister, Higino Carneiro, said Thursday in Luanda that the government planned to build or rebuild around 1500 bridges, as well as rebuild 12,000 kilometres of the national road network by 2012.
Speaking at the opening session of the II African Roads Congress, held between 26 and 28 June at the Talatona Convention Centre, Carneiro noted that the government had been carrying out a wide-ranging national road reconstruction programme.
According to the minister, the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA) is now promoting an update of the statutes of national roads and the national road plan.
The president of the Angolan parliament, Roberto de Almeida, also announced that the government planned to asphalt 4,000 kilometres of roads by the end of this year, in order to provide road links between all provincial capitals.
According to Almeida, Angola aims to become an important point of passage in Africa from the South to the North and from the Atlantic to the Indian oceans, and for this the government had consigned the great African objectives into its own strategies, in the form of unifying the continent by road. (macauhub)