Algeria to train Angolan personnel in geology and mines

11 July 2013

Top on the list of priorities for cooperation between Angola and Algeria in the area of geology and mines is the training of Angolan personnel in Algeria, the Angolan minister for the sector said on Wednesday in Luanda.

At the end of a working meeting with Algerian Energy Minister Youcefi Yousfi, Francisco Queiroz said that the focus on personnel training was due to the fact that the North African country had good technical schools and universities.

“The exchange of delegations and sending students for geology and mines training in Algeria is what we believe can be done immediately,” Queiroz stated, cited by Angolan news agency Angop.

Having Angolan students study in that country should speed up implementation of Angola’s National Geology Plan, “which will have a high demand for personnel”, he explained.

Queiroz added that the idea was therefore to take advantage of Algeria’s potential and experience in the areas of phosphates, iron and ornamental stone, where its marbles are the most sought-after in the world.

The delegation headed by the Algerian minister has been in Angola since Monday, in working contact with Angolan Petroleum Minister José Botelho de Vasconcelos. It also witnessed the signing of a protocol that will enable cooperation to resume between the two countries’ oil companies, Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis (Sonangol) and its Algerian counterpart Société Nationale pour la Recherche, la Production, le Transport, la Transformation, et la Commercialisation des Hydrocarbures (Sonatrach). (macauhub)