Angola may be taken off list of less developed countries

25 March 2013

Angola’s rates of development have led the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations to consider the country to be eligible for exclusion from the list of least developed countries, as of 2015, the president of the Angolan parliament said in Quito Saturday.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, making a speech at the 128th General Meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Union, held since Friday in the Ecuadorian capital, said that this had been possible because, since committing, in 2000, to the Millennium Development Goal, the Angolan state has been aware of the challenges of making significant advances in the population’s quality of life within 15 years.

He noted that the Angolan government had driven sufficiently strong levels of development, in a climate affected by a long period of military instability.

The president of the parliament said that the strategies adopted by the Angolan government were to define and redefine public policy and the strategic aims of the development plans along with improved execution and supervision capacity of projects and activities with a social impact, as well as achieving Millennium Development Goals.

Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos noted that the results of these decisions could already be felt, and this was the basis for the decision by the UN Economic and Social Council.

However, he added “we are aware that there is still a long way to go in order for the high rates of growth of the last few years actually, gradually and systematically to be reflected in the quality of life of the Angolan population.”

The 128th General Meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Union is due to end on 27 March. (macauhub)