Chinese investment in Angola promotes development without conditions, ambassador says

23 October 2009

Macau, China, 23 Oct – China has contributed “immensely” to Angola’s development without presenting conditions, Angola’s ambassador to China, João Manuel Bernardo said Thursday in Macau.

“Angola already has some infrastructures, such as roads, bridges, housing, schools and hospitals built thanks to the support it has received from China, via loans and direct investment,” the ambassador told Portuguese news agency Lusa on the sidelines of the Macau International fair, at which Angola has a stand.

On confirming the “excellent” relationship that Angola and China now have and the weight of the Chinese presence in the West African nation, Bernardo said it was “fair” to say that China “has helped Angola immensely to develop itself via a positive presence, without conditions,” a fact that the country plans to highlight during the next China-Africa conference, in Egypt.

“We want to boost this relationship for the benefit of both countries, not only in terms of construction, but also in industry, agriculture and training,” the Angolan ambassador said, noting that over 100 Angolan students were in China and Macau, which he considered to be a sign of “the willingness and openness of the two countries,” to cooperate.

Angola is at the Macau International Fair with a stand that is part of the Portuguese-speaking Countries Pavilion – which also includes Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, East Timor and Brazil – seeking to import construction materials and export coffee.

Coffee exporter Cafangol – Empresa de Exportação de Café is also at the Macau International Fair aiming to increase the coffee export business to the Special Administrative Region and to China, as well as to Portugal and Spain, to which it already exports coffee. (macauhub)