Italian exports to Angola rise 130 pct in 2009

2 June 2010

Luanda, Angola, 2 June – Italy’s exports to Angola totalled 520 million euros in 2009, a rise of 130 percent against 2008, the Italian ambassador to Angola, Giuseppi Mistretta said in Luanda Tuesday.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop on 2 June, Italy’s national day, the ambassador said that in the same period Italy imported goods to the value of US$220 million from Angola.

Mistretta also said that a group of 18 Angolan Fiscal Police officers were due to take part in training in Italy, in the second half of July, as part of cooperation agreements between the two countries.

According to the diplomat, training of the Fiscal Police officers was the result of a request from the Angolan sector authorities who “wanted to boost the operating capacities of the force and introduce more quality into its activities.”

Cooperation between Angola and Italy dates back to 1977, when the two countries signed a memorandum which set up the Bilateral Commission, then known as the Ministerial Cooperation Commission.

Relations between Luanda and Rome are based on various legal instruments such as the “Technical Cooperation Agreement,” the “Protocol on Agricultural Development,” and the agreement for “Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments.” (macauhub)