Angola’s President sets procedures for new tender for global telecommunications operator

26 April 2019

A working group coordinated by the finance minister will conduct the international public tender to award Angola’s fourth global telecommunications operator license under a presidential order signed on Thursday.

The group, which includes the Ministers of Telecommunications and Information Technology and of Economics and Planning, will appoint the Evaluation Committee, approve the tender documents and verify the validity and legality of all acts carried out as part of the tender.

“The coordinator of the working group shall keep the President of the Republic informed about all stages of the public tender and submit the final report for the purposes of the award,” the order said.

President João Lourenço decided to cancel the result of the previous international public tender, cancelling a decision made by Minister José Carvalho da Rocha, who awarded the fourth license to Angolan company Telstar.

The Angolan press reported that Telstar was incorporated on 26 January 2018, with a capital 200,000 kwanzas (US$625). Its shareholders are General Manuel João Carneiro (90%) and businessman António Cardoso Mateus (10%).

In a statement issued later, the Telstar management reported that the company was incorporated on 24 November 2017 with a paid-up capital of 30.76 million kwanzas (US$95,400). (Macauhub)