The first 30 Angolan technicians who received their professional training certificates from the Geophysical and Geochemical Institute of China are due to return to Angola Friday, Angolan news agency Angop reported.
The training received by these 30 technicians, who will start work in geological laboratories across Angola, focused on geochemical analysis and classes were given at the UNESCO International Geochemistry Centre in Langfang, Hebei province about 50 kilometres from Beijing.
The training was organised by Chinese group CITIC, whose subsidiary CITIC Construction is involved in Angola’s National Geology Plan (Plangeo) as well as construction of laboratories, which will be staffed by the 30 technicians trained in China.
By 2017 Plangeo aims to register all mineral resources in Angola, through aerial surveys, collection and analysis of samples. The Angolan government considers the geological plan to be essential to the strategy to diversify the economy.
At the ceremony to present the vocational training certificates, the President of the Geophysical and Geochemical Institute of China, Peng Xuanming, said the UNESCO International Geochemistry Centre was a pioneering institution in the world and was now waiting for more Angolan trainees.
The course’s closing ceremony was attended by the minister of Geology and Mining of Angola, Francisco Queiroz, who this week paid a working visit to China, at the invitation of China’s Minister for Land and Resources, Jiang Daming. (macauhub/AO/CN)