Angola plans to diversify its exports to China by adding mining resources

30 March 2012

The Angolan government is analysing, along with the Chinese government, the possibility of exporting Angolan mining products , which could “increase and diversify” trade between the two countries, the Angolan ambassador to China, João Garcia Bires said Thursday in Macau.
The ambassador also said Angola was also looking into exporting iron and copper ore, amongst other mining products, and in exchange would receive from China machinery and other instruments useful for, “carrying on with Angola’s development programme.”

In Macau to take part in the activities of Forum Macau for 2012 the ambassador noted the historical importance of relations between Angola and the People’s Republic of China.

João Garcia Bires welcomed the US$1 billion fund that had been set up to increase relations between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, but noted that it would be a “complement” and “not the basis” for relations in Angola’s case.

The ambassador noted that as Angola was undergoing reconstruction there was a need for cooperation both with China and with other countries, adding that Luanda would “very soon,” focus its attention on developing agriculture, which would help to make use of a lot of the available workforce in this area, in the agri-industrial and mining sectors. (macauhub)