State companies from Portugal and Angola sign cooperation protocol

8 October 2009

Beja, Portugal, 8 Oct – Empresa de Desenvolvimento e Infra-Estruturas do Alqueva (EDIA), the Portuguese company that manages the Alqueva dam, is to provide technical advice to Angolan state irrigation company Sociedade de Desenvolvimento de Perimetros Irrigados (Sopir) in the area of water resource management.

The partnership is outlined in a cooperation protocol due to be signed by the two companies on Friday, in Beja, Portugal.

This cooperation protocol outlines a partnership in areas such as strategic planning and the design of new hydro-agricultural facilities, cartography, topography and geographical information systems, management and monitoring of irrigation networks, as well as the development of joint projects.

Another of the aims of the protocol includes mediation between investors from Portugal and Angola in the agri-food and tourism sectors.

The initiative follows an agreement signed by the Portuguese Agriculture minister, Jaime Silva and his Angolan counterpart, Afonso Pedro Canga, last July, in Luanda, for the development of this partnership, taking into consideration the technical skills of both companies in managing water resources. (macauhub)