Angola creates a National Council of Public Works for large state enterprises

17 September 2018

The Angolan government has approved the creation of a National Council of Public Works (CNOP) to coordinate major state works, replacing other existing structures under Presidential Decree No. 202/18, which came into force on 31 August.

The decree sets out that the CNOP is the advisory support body responsible for planning, supervising and monitoring the implementation of relevant public works projects of great technical complexity and with significant economic, social or environmental implications, according to the Regional Coordination of Legis-PALOP+TL.

It is also the responsibility of the CNOP to monitor private investments with direct and immediate impact on public infrastructure or significant social implications that will preventively ensure their harmonisation with a view to safeguarding their efficiency and effectiveness and technical and urban adequacy.

With the new law, the Technical Office for Coordination and Monitoring of Projects of the City of Luanda and the Higher Council for Public Works have been closed and their respective legislation repealed.

The CNOP governs its activity through a working plan submitted annually for approval by the President of the Republic, and must also send quarterly reports of activities, the Regional Coordination of Legis-PALOP+TL said.

The decree also sets out that bodies involved in project implementation processes should coordinate with the CNOP, providing information and conditions for monitoring, evaluation and inspection of public works contracts.

In the last decade China has taken over as the main public works financier in Angola and, on the sidelines of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit, Minister Archer Mangueira announced that Angola’s debt to China totals US$23 billion.

After travelling to Beijing to attend the third FOCAC summit, Angolan President João Lourenço, will visit China on 12 October to sign the opening of a new line of credit in the amount of US$11 billion for Angola, according to the Africa Monitor newsletter.

A substantial part of the new credit line, which is guaranteed by oil, is intended to finance 78 development projects, most of which are in the infrastructure sector, according to Africa Monitor. (macauhub)