The Angolan government plans to spend US$125 million this year on the construction of six regional technical-professional schools for hotel and tourism, under the programme for training tourism sector staff, said the director general of the Tourism Promotion Institute.
Eugénio Clemente also told Angolan news agency Angop that the schools will be built in the provinces of Huíla, Luanda, Huambo, Moxico, Benguela and Uíge.
The school in the province of Huíla, construction of which is due to begin in September, will cost US$25 million and it will train students from the provinces of Namibe, Cunene and Cuando Cubango.
The school in the province of Huambo will host graduates from Bié and Malanje, Moxico will cover Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul, the Uíge school will be frequented by students from Zaire and Cabinda, Luanda will host those from Bengo and Kwanza Norte, while Benguela will host those from Kwanza Sul.
The aim of these schools is to train staff to reverse the shortage of specialised technicians in the sector, to re-launch tourism in the country and to give it capacity to generate revenue for the State, as part of the diversification of the economy.
The province of Huíla already has a hotel and tourism school, located on the outskirts of the city of Lubango, which has been at a standstill since 2001. (macauhub)