Angola’s agriculture minister notes contribution of Angola’s agriculture to the country’s economy

17 August 2010

Beijing, China, 17 Aug – Angola’s Minister for Agriculture, Afonso Pedro Canga, said last weekend in Beijing that the Angolan agricultural sector was undergoing a new phase and now contributed 9 percent to the country’s economy.

Speaking as part of a panel on agricultural cooperation between China and Africa held in the Chinese capital on 11 and 12 August, the minister noted that, now the emergency cycle was over, the Angolan agricultural sector was undergoing a new phase characterised by the promotion of production and a policy of multi-sector intervention that covers structural public investments focused on rebuilding and expanding basic facilities to support production.

“In Angola the agricultural and fishing sectors have a significant importance, not only due to their agri-ecological and economic potential but, mainly due to their social role in the population segment that depends and survives on them,” the minister said, cited by Angolan news agency Angop.

The aim of the forum for Chinese-African cooperation, according to its organisers was the exchange of experiences between China and the African countries, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt, DRC, Ethiopia, Tanzania, amongst others.

The debates focus on themes such as inconsistency and substantial advantages of Chinese –African cooperation, experiences and problems in Chinese and African relations and the role of governments from both continents in promoting and defining cooperation in essential areas. (macauhub)