Italy supports agriculture in Angola

22 July 2015

The Italian Minister of Fisheries, Agriculture, Food and Forestry gave assurances Tuesday in Luanda that his country was interested in contributing to the relaunch of Angolan agriculture by developing partnerships between companies from both countries.

Maurizio Martina spoke on the sidelines of the Angola-Italy Business Forum, held at the International Luanda Fair, with 71 exhibitors, and on Wednesday scheduled the signing, with his Angolan counterpart, of a memorandum of understanding in the agricultural sector.

“We have agricultural models based on family businesses and I think this agricultural model can be adapted to the Angolan experience,” said Maurizio Martina.

According to the minister, several Italian private companies are willing to invest in Angola, stressing the need to create conditions so that these investments can be made.

In turn, the Angolan Minister for Agriculture, Afonso Pedro Canga, said the country has international cooperation for the recovery and development of agriculture, and was also hoping for support from Italy.

During the three-day visit, Maurizio Martina has scheduled meetings with Angolan government officials, notably the Angolan Trade Minister, Rosa Pacavira.

Earlier this month, the President of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, visited Italy, and during the two-day visit signed Memoranda of Understanding on Bilateral Consultation on Economic Cooperation and on Foreign Credit Insurance. (macauhub/AO)