Angola and Portugal prepare 2015-2018 Strategic Cooperation Programme

19 March 2015

Angola and Portugal are preparing a Strategic Cooperation Programme (SCP) for the 2015-2018 period, which will give greater focus to the areas of agriculture, energy and economy, said Wednesday in Luanda the Portuguese Secretary of State for Cooperation.

Analysis of the document began Wednesday at a working meeting between the Secretary of State Luis Campos Ferreira and his Angolan counterpart, Angela Bragança, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

Campos Ferreira, who arrived Tuesday in Luanda for a two-day working visit, said that the Strategic Cooperation Programme was more functional and practical than the Indicative Cooperation Programme, to the extent that it is intended to monitor Angola’s real circumstances and needs.

“This programme aims to monitor and support the National Development Plan and the National Executive Training Plan, which Angola is implementing,” said the Portuguese Secretary of State.

In turn, the Secretary of State for Cooperation of Angola, Angela Bragança said that the SCP so far, “lacks opinions from various sectors, and is emerging and inter-ministerial.”

“We think that this meeting marks the beginning of this more objective and more pragmatic work, particularly given the realities of the two countries,” noted Bragança.

The state secretaries of cooperation of the two countries signed an addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding on the 2007 Indicative Cooperation Programme, to prepare for the 2015-2018 SCP. (macauhub/AO/PT)