EU donates funds to Angola to combat drought in three provinces

25 January 2018

The European Union will donate 65 million euros to Angola over the next four weeks to implement a programme to combat drought in the three southern provinces of Huíla, Namibe and Cunene, the EU ambassador to Angola, Tomas Ulicny said on Wednesday in Lubango.

The ambassador, speaking at the end of a meeting with civil society in the city of Lubango, said the three-year programme was designed by the Ministry of Planning and Development and will be implemented by a Portuguese non-governmental organisation and by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with the assistance of the respective provincial governments.

“We are ready to support civil society organisations in the region and we must combat drought and then minimise hunger, with support for social economic growth, job creation and the introduction of new methods in agriculture,” he said, cited by Angolan news agency Angop.

Ulicny also said that over the next few months the European Union will spend 13 million euros to support entrepreneurs in the province of Huíla to create a chamber of commerce to strengthen the economic relations between the Angolan province and Europe.

The European delegation paid a two-day visit to Huíla, where it went to the Institute of Economic and Financial Management, a project supported by the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, Mandume Ya Ndemufayo University, the birth registration station of Irene Neto Maternity Hospital, the Huíla Regional Museum, the Granisul/Melatosul of the Socolil group and tourist sites such as the Tundavala Gap and the Cristo Rei monument. (macauhub)