On Friday the Angolan government inaugurated in Guangzhou, capital of China’s Guangdong province with over 20 million inhabitants, its third consulate general in the People’s Republic of China, after Hong Kong and Macau.
The new Angolan consulate headed by Ambassador João Baptista da Costa will be geared towards economic diplomacy and will have jurisdiction over areas of the regions of Fujian, Hainan and Guangxi.
At the ceremony to open the new Angolan consulate the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eduardo de Jesus Beny said one of the consulate-general’s functions will be to promote investment and strengthen the existing strategic partnership between Angola and the People’s Republic of China.
According to the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Angola to China, João Garcia Bires, the new consulate will fill some gaps in the provision of services that had placed an excessive burden on the Embassy in Beijing.
The ceremony was attended by the general consuls of Hong Kong and Macau, Cupertino Gourgel and Sofia Pegado, respectively.
Guangdong province, located in southern China, specifically in the Pearl River Delta, has an area of 394,000 square kilometres, a population of 116 million and its main industries are automobile manufacturing, electronics and IT, steel, textiles and shipbuilding. (macauhub/CN/AO)