Angola / by Alistair Galloway

A report written by Angolan journalist Rafael Marques, which has drawn attention to the way in which foreign consultants are being paid by the state oil company Sonangol, has been highly criticised in a statement issued by the company. Angolan authorities have reportedly ignored the fact that the Brazilian firm Odebrecht had admitted $50 million in bribes to secure contacts in Angola. Eight men accused of having sought to perform a military coup to topple Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos were sentenced to between four to ten years in prison. Angola has closed a border point with the DRC, following a deterioration of the security situation in the DRC’s Kasai Province. Approximately 200 protestors in Luanda took part in a protest against a draft law criminalising abortions. The protest remained peaceful. At least eleven people have been killed and thousands of people left homeless as a result of flooding. Angola remained the top oil producer in Africa during February 2017. According to the OPEC’s monthly report concerning the oil market, Angola remained the top oil producer in Africa during February 2017. Angola’s Oil Ministry will submit a proposal within 60 days to revise the country’s Oil Law. The Oil Law is to be drawn up by an ad hoc commission. Angola, represented by its Minister of Industry, Bernarda Martins, took part in the Global Summit on Manufacturing and Industrialisation in Abu Dhabi. According to China’s ambassador to Angola, Cui Aimin, China intends to invest in the agricultural and industrial sectors, as well as in the processing of products, in eastern Angola. Norway’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Tone Skogen, declared Angola the main economic partner of Norway in Africa. 

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