Angola: Portugal’s Mota-Engil focuses on training Angolan staff to boost growth in the market

17 November 2008

Luanda, Angola, 17 Nov – Professional training of Angolan staff to become employees of the Mota-Engil group operating in Angola is a “big focus” of the Portuguese construction company in order to see growth in that market, the chairman of the company’s Executive Commission, Jorge Coelho said in Luanda.

Coelho told Portuguese news agency Lusa that Mota-Engil, “has everything prepared,” in order to move ahead with training having set up a Professional Training Centre which, in an initial stage, would launch with three courses, involving 100 trainees.

At the same time as the training centre, Mota-Engil planned in February 2009 to provide a course for Portuguese and Angolan “upper management staff,” in partnership with Portugal’s Universidade Católica.

Coelho also added that the aim of the training was eventually to replace the 600 expatriate Portuguese staff that the group had in Angola, out of a total 5,000 workers.

Recently the Portuguese group launched its Environment and Services arm in Angola, in partnership with Banco Privado Atlantico (Angolan-owned), with a view to setting up a company named Vista, which has already started operating its waste collection and treatment business.

In Africa the group is present in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe. “But we plan to have a presence in other African countries,” Coelho said. (macauhub)