Angolan secretary of state calls for more dynamic model for cooperation with China

22 April 2015

Cooperation between Angola and China requires a new pace with the introduction of a more dynamic model “to move from contracts to investment in industrialisation,” the Angolan Secretary of State for Cooperation said on her arrival in Luanda.

Ângela Bragança, who travelled to China as part of the delegation led by the Minister of State and Chief of Staff, Edeltrudes Costa, said that Angola had the resources and China had the technological capability to support the development of the country “hence we looked at the need to boost the pace of bilateral cooperation.”

The Secretary of State, cited by Angolan news agency Angop, announced a meeting of the Joint Committee next May, in China, in the light of the conclusions of the meeting of the Steering Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation between Angola and China, to develop the central aspects of the new cooperation model.

“In this new model energy comes first, because of the need to expand the electricity grid, followed by agriculture, from production to the sale and processing of products,” she said.

During the meeting of the Steering Committee officials restated the need to consolidate the strategic partnership with China, to meet the targets set in the 2013-2017 Angolan National Development Plan.

Bragança said the Angolan development fund was one of the issues discussed during the Commission meeting, held last weekend in Beijing.

According to the secretary of state all existing financial capacity was discussed, so that funding for the development of Angola can be carried out, to the extent that China is making, “Angola a priority country in its cooperation with Africa.”

In a statement issued in Beijing, the embassy of Angola in China stated that the Minister of State and Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Republic of Angola called for an increase in China’s investment in his country to “consolidate the strategic partnership” between the two countries.

“Our strategic partnership gains even greater significance in the current uncertain international economic and financial climate,” said the Angolan Minister of State at a meeting with Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang.

Edeltrudes Costa’s meeting with Wang Yang was held Monday in Beijing after the first session of the Steering Committee for Economic and Trade Cooperation between Angola and the People’s Republic of China, the Angolan minister also called for the transfer of “China’s experience in agriculture, food production and development projects in the social and cultural field and staff training.” (macauhub/AO/CN)