French businesspeople from Bordeaux plan to boost trade and investment relations with Angola

8 April 2011

Luanda, Angola, 8 April – The Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIB) has chosen agriculture, health, agri-livestock and Telecommunications as the priority sectors for trade and investment relations with Angola, the CCIB’s official responsible for Africa, Francis Beunot said Thursday in Luanda.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Beunot said it was also of interest to the French businesspeople to invest in oil and contact with Angolan businesspeople for the sale of a variety of equipment and materials for the oil and automotive sectors.

Beunot noted that the main reason for the CCIB’s mission was to contact and exchange with Angolan businesspeople, on a long-lasting basis, as well as to improve the relationship between entrepreneurs from both countries.

“Investment may also be the aim of the 17 French companies that have travelled to Luanda, but before that feasibility studies should be carried out and to do that we have to seek out and promote contacts and at a later stage think about investing in the areas we have identified,” he noted.

After meeting with French businesspeople, the managing director of the “Mar e Terra Lândana” company, Augusto Messo noted the need to consolidate the intentions of both sides for Angola’s benefit initially by transferring technology and at a later stage by producing various types of materials and equipment in the country.

The managing director of “Austral Pharma,” Gonçalo Marques noted that the meeting with French businesspeople had made it possible to get an overall idea of the products supplied by them and to consider useful partnerships.

The French business mission to Angola was organized by the CCIB’s Clube África, of which several French companies are members and have business relations with African countries. The 17 companies now visiting Angola signed up in 2010 to visit the country this year.

The delegation of businesspeople from the CCIB have been in Angolan since Sunday on a visit sponsored by French oil company Total, the French Agency for International Development of Companies and the Economic Service of the French Embassy in Angola. (macauhub)