Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi assured Angolan President João Lourenço in Luanda that the strategic partnership between the two countries remains strong and announced full support for the country’s economic and social development programmes.
“China is willing to strengthen support for Angola to accelerate the process of economic diversification after becoming its largest funder during the country’s reconstruction period,” said the minister, quoted in Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola.
Wang Yi said new funding would depend on Angola’s needs, adding that “it is up to the Angolan authorities to present the proposals and for China to study them,” and gave assurances that his country would spare no effort to help Angola’s development.
“In these last few years of bilateral cooperation, China has helped Angola rebuild or build more than 20,000 kilometres of roads, built more than 2,800 kilometres of railway line, built more than 100 schools and more than 50 hospitals and thousands of homes,” said the minister, adding that all these projects focus on improving the living conditions of the Angolan people.
In an opinion piece published recently in Jornal de Angola, China’s ambassador Cui Aimin said that after establishing diplomatic relations, China had granted loans to Angola totalling more than US$60 billion for construction of infrastructure such as power plants, roads, bridges, hospitals and houses.
Minister Wang Yi on Sunday signed an agreement with his Angolan counterpart, Manuel Augusto, to simplify visa mechanisms for entrepreneurs and business people, academics and scientific researchers, sports people and people with disabilities, requiring medical treatment.
The signing was followed by a meeting between the delegations of the two countries and, on the Angolan side, was also attended by Finance Minister Archer Mangueira and Mineral Resources and Oil Minister, Diamantino Azevedo, who analysed the “framework of bilateral relations and the appreciation of Angola’s debt.” (macauhub)