Angolan President opens the Polytechnic Institute of Fisheries

5 February 2020

The Polytechnic Institute of Fisheries (Cefopescas) of Angola, which had financing of US$98 million donated by Spain, was opened on Tuesday on the outskirts of Luanda by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, reported the Angolan press.

The training establishment has been set up in an area of five hectares and offers classrooms, labs, libraries and workshops for practical classes, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

With a capacity for 1,836 students in three shifts, its construction began in 2016 and it will train medium level staff, as coastal master fishermen and machine technicians, marine engines, naval installations, aquaculture, fish technology, marine biology and fisheries resources.

It will also teach basic courses for fishermen, foreman fisherman, practical driver, naval electricity assistant, cold storage electromechanical, processing, handling and conservation of fish auxiliary.

The complex, on the seafront, is made up of the main building with classrooms, three laboratories, a library, technical simulation workshops and an administrative area, with offices for teachers and on its rooftop terrace has a radio station and simulators of the global maritime distress and safety system.

The building for practical lessons has workshops for fishing and processing, naval carpentry, motors, welding and mechanisation, as well as a training boat.

Cefopescas also has cafeterias, buildings to accommodate 310 students and 24 homes for teachers and areas for sport and leisure.

The Minister of Fisheries and the Sea, Maria Antonieta Baptista, said Cefopescas in Belas, which replaces the one in Cacuaco municipality, whose facilities were destroyed by rain in 2007, would became a facility with national and international prestige. (macauhub)