The government of Angola plans to make the central Angolan coastal region comprising the cities of Benguela, Baía Farta, Catumbela and Lobito the country’s second biggest urban population centre, Lobito government administrator Amaro Segunda Ricardo recently stated.
Cited by Angolan news agency ANGOP, Ricardo said that the central government is planning actions via the 2025 Angola Programme that should enable various infrastructures to meet regional population needs to be installed by the end of 2017.
The central Angolan coast counts almost two million inhabitants in an area of 12,529 square kilometres and boasts major facilities to produce and distribute potable water and electric power.
Ricardo made his comments during a conference last Wednesday and Thursday in Lobito. He said that urban and population growth is evident due to ongoing industrial development and have “transformed the city into a logistics platform for the region and currently Angola’s second biggest economic and financial centre”.
“All commercial banks operating in Angola are present in Lobito and the country’s biggest oil refinery is being built north of the city on a 370-acre plot; we have a first-class harbour and a railway line about 1,500 kilometres long linking to Zambia and the D.R. Congo,” he said.
The city of Lobito, hub of the international corridor with the same name, is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary this coming 2 September. (macauhub)