Spanish government official in Angola for talks

4 November 2009

Luanda, Angola, 4 Nov – Spanish State Secretary for Trade Silvia Iranzo arrives in Angola Wednesday on a two-day visit to meet Luanda government officials and Spanish company executives based in the country, officials said.

State news agency Angop, citing a statement from Madrid’s embassy in Luanda, said Iranzo’s trip was evidence of the “special attention” given by Spain to its relations with Angola, not just at bilateral level but also at the level of international organizations.

A diplomatic source told Angop the Spanish government official would meet Angolan Finance Minister Severim de Morais to review a credit line granted by Madrid to Luanda.

Madrid’s embassy in Luanda said last month that Angola exported goods worth €1.2 billion to Spain in 2008 to become Madrid’s third-largest supplier in Africa south of the Sahara after South Africa and Nigeria.

In the same period Angola imported goods and services from Spain worth €468 million, a twofold increase from 2007. Besides oil, Spain’s main imports were minerals while Angola bought soft goods, machinery and industrial products. (macauhub)