Angolan government plans to focus on economic diplomacy in 2018

2 January 2018

The Angolan government intends to focus on economic diplomacy in 2018 to attract foreign investment to the country, helping to encourage diversification of economic activity, said Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto.

The minister, quoted by Angolan news agency Angop, said he also considered it essential to increase the confidence of investors, and that external action should be carried out by his ministry.

Augusto said that the government intends to develop tourism, explore markets to export national products, as well as ensure the promotion of Angola’s image abroad and give greater support to Angolans in the diaspora.

At an internal level, the minister noted the ministry required a new building for its departments and services as the current building is in a state of severe disrepair.

The minister said that the building’s first stone would be laid “soon” and noted that the current building has no piped water on some of its nine floors, for example.

Augusto announced that this year resizing of the ministry and its departments could lead to the closure of some embassies and consulates, clarifying that “we will not close them just for the sake of closing them, we will adjust the interests of Angola with our diplomatic representation.” (macauhub)