Angola wants joint committee with China to be re-launched

10 October 2018

On his state visit to China the Angolan President asked the Chinese authorities to re-launch the steering committee for economic and trade cooperation during a meeting with Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

João Lourenço, who said that this re-launch is of “extreme importance”, as it will allow joint monitoring of all aspects of bilateral cooperation, proposed that this committee hold its next meeting in the first quarter of 2019.

Angolan news agency Angop reported that the committee had a session scheduled for this year in Luanda, which had been postponed indefinitely.

The Angolan president said he was aware of Angola’s need to adapt to China’s new vision for bilateral cooperation, based on the principle of sustainability of projects to be funded by Chinese institutions.

Despite being satisfied with the levels of cooperation, Lourenço told the Chinese prime minister about Angola’s interest in maintaining and strengthening the exchange between the two states, noting that this strategic partnership could serve as a kind of model for exchange with other African countries.

In his speech, the Angolan Head of State also spoke about the country’s participation in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which took place on 3 and 4 September, which was, “a sign of the mutual importance attached to cooperation.”

The results of the 3rd FOCAC Summit, he said, were appreciated by Angola and the African countries in general, and it is widely believed that the model of cooperation adopted by China is in line with the development needs of the continent. (macauhub)