The Angolan government will launch new public tenders for the construction of the port of Barra do Dande, north of Luanda, and for the management and operation of the capital’s future airport, João Lourenço announced on Tuesday in New York.
The Angolan President, speaking at the Angola-US Business Forum, said that these two public-private partnership tenders will be conducted using the “Build, Operate and Transfer” system.
In addition to the construction of the port and logistics base of Barra do Dande, “we would like American business people to take an interest in the management and operation of Luanda’s new international airport, its commercial areas, spaces for the construction of industries and logistics and hotel services at the airport,” he said.
Lourenço also reminded the participants in the Forum that the public tender for a new mobile phone operator license had been launched, as well as the process of privatisation of part of the capital of state-owned operator Angola Telecom.
A presidential order on 28 June called for an international public tender for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the port facilities at the new port of Barra do Dande in the province of Bengo, as well as its concession.
The order was due to the fact that Lourenço revoked the decree signed by the former head of state, José Eduardo dos Santos, who approved the project of the port of Barra do Dande and awarded the contract worth US$1.5 billion to a company owned by his daughter Isabel dos Santos
The new port would be built 60 kilometres north of Luanda, under concession for 30 years, by Angolan private company Atlantic Ventures, which would have a participation of up to 40% of the public company that manages the current port in the capital, which would would be charged with licensing, design, financing, design, technical development and construction.
At the meeting with US business people, the President of Angola also said another public tender will be launched for railway exploration, in particular the Benguela Railroad because it is a distribution route for mining products from Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo through the port of Lobito. (macauhub)