Vietnam to support agricultural production in Angola

1 September 2010

Luanda, Angola, 1 Sept – A group of Vietnamese specialists is due to travel to Angola this month to launch an agricultural project in the provinces of Bengo, Moxico and Lunda Sul, the Vietnamese ambassador to Angola said Tuesday in Luanda.

Pham Tien Nhien told Angolan news agency Angop that the trip by the specialists was part of an agreement signed with the Agriculture Ministry and was taking place after surveys of geological, climate and hydroelectric conditions of each of the provinces.

The agricultural project, which is funded by the Vietnamese government, will cover, along with rice and coffee crops, cotton, cashews and several other fruits.

Next November, said ambassador Pham Tien Nhien, a multi-sector delegation is scheduled to arrive in Angola for meetings with officials from the economic sector as part of bilateral cooperation, taking part in a mixed commission meeting set for 15 November.

The delegation will include representatives of the Ministries for Planning and Foreign Investment, Trade and Industry, Finance, Agriculture and Rural Development, Education, Foreign Relations and Public Security and the officials will put forward new strategies to boost economic relations and identify other areas for intervention.

Vietnam wants to protect its investments and to have double tax exemption in its trade with Angola, as well as continuing to support the African nation in the areas of science and technology, oil, industry, investments, health, education, rural development, public security and other sectors.

According to the diplomat, trade between the two countries totalled some US$60 million in 2009, a fall from the US$156 million seen in 2008. (macauhub)