Strategic partnership between China and Angola “introduces driving force” into bilateral cooperation

23 May 2011

Luanda, Angola, 23 May – The strategic partnership between China and Angola, adopted in 2010, “introduces a driving force,” into the bilateral cooperation between the two countries the chairman of the Permanent Commission of the Chinese People’s National Assembly, Wu Bugguo said Sunday in Luanda.

The Chinese parliamentary leader, who arrived in Luanda from Namibia as part of a mission to several African countries, is due to leave Angola on Monday.

On Sunday, the Chinese parliamentary delegation and an Angolan delegation met and agreed that a memorandum of understanding for parliamentary cooperation would be signed in the first quarter of next year during a visit by the president of Angola’s National Assembly, Paulo Kassoma, to Beijing.

The chair of the Commission for Foreign Relations and Angolan Communities Abroad, Ângela Bragança, said that negotiations to set the terms of the cooperation were going well and added that, in her mind, the absence of parliamentary cooperation was a “great gap” in Angola-China relations.

At the end of the meeting, Wu Bangguo gifted the National Assembly with information technology items, including portable computers, printers, plasma televisions and others, worth some US$200,000.

Angola and China established diplomatic relations in 1983 and since then bilateral cooperation has increased, particularly after the end of the civil war in Angola, which has become China’s biggest trading partner in Africa, overtaking South Africa.

This new scenario is characterised by several Chinese companies investing in reconstruction projects in Angola, particularly in the construction of buildings, roads, schools and setting up small factories, amongst other areas. (macauhub)