Toyota group opens training centre for mechanics in Angola

3 September 2019

The Toyota group will open a training centre for Angolan mechanics next October, the ambassador of Japan, Hironori Sawada, announced on Monday in Luanda, following a hearing with President João Lourenço.

Hideki Yanase, vice president of the Toyota Tsusho Corp group, said on Friday in Tokyo that the necessary funding to set up a Toyota car assembly line in Angola was estimated at US$200 million.

The ambassador said he had an audience with the Angolan president to address “aspects of common interest” at a time when both countries are working to deepen cooperation.

This meeting took place one day after Lourenço’s return to Angola, after attending the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), held from 28 to 30 August in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

The Angolan head of state was invited by the Japanese authorities to return to Japan in the first quarter of 2020 for an official visit, according to the Angop news agency.

Over the past decade, Japan has become one of Angola’s strategic partners by financing projects in key sectors of the economy, such as the rehabilitation and expansion of the port of Namibe, the rehabilitation of three textile factories and the laying of fiber optic cables. (Macauhub)