Angola and China discuss strengthening geological and mining cooperation

16 December 2015

The strengthening of geological and mining cooperation between Angola and China was one of the issues addressed by the Angolan Minister of Geology and Mines when he met Tuesday in Beijing with the Chinese Minister of Land and Resources, the Angolan Embassy in China said.

In a statement, the embassy said that as well as meeting with Minister Jiang Daming, Francisco Queiroz also met with the Director of the China Geology services, Hu Ping.

The Angolan minister noted during the two meetings that the two countries were already cooperating under the National Geology Plan (Planageo), launched in May 2014 to allow a geological and mining survey of Angola.

Planageo involves the services of four foreign companies, including China’s CITIC Construction, whose commitment to Angola was Monday reaffirmed by company president Hong Bo, during a working meeting with the Angolan minister.

On Wednesday Queiroz will take part, in Langfang, Hubei province, in the closing ceremony of first course with Angolan students who will work in geological laboratories across Angola, to be built as part of the National Geology Plan (Planageo).

The National Geology Plan is set to register, by 2017, all of Angola’s potential mineral resources, involving aerial surveys, collection and analysis of samples and is classified by the Angolan government as a structural instrument in the strategy to diversify the economy.

On Monday, the minister attended the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between the Geological Institute of Angola and its Chinese counterpart. (macauhub/AO/CN)