The relationship between Angola and China has driven social and economic development in Southern Africa, the deputy provincial governor for the economy, Agostinho Estêvão Felizardo said Tuesday in Benguela.
According to Angolan news agency Angop, Felizardo, who welcomed the deputy Minister for Trade of the People’s Republic of China, Li Jinzao, on behalf of the governor of Benguela, Armando da Cruz Neto, said that two-way agreements signed with China some four years ago had made way for Angola’s reconstruction process, “which is now a reality.”
Speaking about the Benguela railroad, which has been rebuilt based on a China-Angola agreement, the deputy governor said that it had national and regional impact because, as well as carrying passengers it also carried goods both for retail and for other business sectors.
Investment in the port of Lobito will also drive the region’s economy, and since 2010 around 120 billion kwanzas (US$1.253 billion) has been invested in order to modernise and expand the port using Chinese workers.
Li Jinzao noted that his visit to Benguela was intended to improve bilateral cooperation and promote cooperation in trade, investments, and training of human resources.
The Chinese deputy minister and his delegation, along with the Angolan secretary of State for Transport, Mário Dominguês and by Agostinho Estêvão Felizardo, visited the container terminal of the port of Lobito and the mining terminal in the Lobito Velho area, as well as the dry dock and the Catumbela municipality which is the logistical base of China Rail, the company that is rebuilding the railroad. (macauhub)