Angola’s trade minister says that China is a strategic partner for her country

12 November 2010

Shanghai, China, 12 Nov – China is a strategic partner for Angola to be able to diversify its economy and, above all, its exports, the Angolan Minister for Trade, Maria Idalina Valente said Thursday in Shanghai.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, the minister noted that due to its oil Angola was already “China’s biggest trading partner in Africa,” and was “responsible for a significant part of China’s energy resources.”

The Angolan minister also noted “Chinese support” for the reconstruction underway in her country, but called for “other development models,” in bilateral relations.

“We now want, at this phase, more settled and with the first steps in reconstruction consolidated, to move on to other models of development that allow for reciprocal advantages for Angola and the People’s Republic of China,” she said.

Valente particularly called for development of small and medium-sized companies, which are “more flexible” and “can be of added-value to all the countries that are part of Forum Macau.”

The Angolan minister also called Macau being chosen as the headquarters of a platform for promotion of trade and economic cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, “an added benefit.”

The 3rd ministerial conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) is due to be held in Macau and 13 and 14 November and will be attended, amongst others, by the heads of government of China, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Portugal and the President of East Timor. (macauhub)