Angola

Angola by Alistair Galloway

Refuges continue to enter Angola daily from the DRC, leading to overcrowding in refugee camps. The Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos has returned from Spain, following medical check-ups. According to a United National Children’s Fund report, over 1.4 million people have been affected by chronic drought in Angola. On 24 May, Angolan Defence Minister announced Angola’s commitment to regional peacemaking. The Defence Minister, João Lourenço signed a memorandum of understanding with the USA to strengthen US-Angolan relations. The Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister announced on 31 May that economic diplomacy would be a government priority. Angola’s private investment technical unit has signed a contract to build a telecommunications hub worth US$19.5 million. Angolan Secretary of State for Geology and Mines, Miguel Bondo announced plans to significantly increase diamond production. 

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Angola by Alistair Galloway

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has signed a decree that has set 23 August as the date for this year’s general election in Angola. A spike of violence in the Kasai Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now forced over 11,000 refugees to seek safety in Angola. Angola’s Ambassador to Belarus Joaquim Augusto de Lemos met with Belarussian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei. Seven Angolan opposition activists have been sentenced to 45 days in prison and fined 65,000 kwanzas (appeox. $390 USD) over a protest calling for greater transparency and fairness in the upcoming election. World Health Organisation (WHO) survelliance officer Jean Marie Kipela reaffirmed the WHO’s commitment to work with the Angolan government in an effort to eradicate malaria in the country. According to the World Bank, Angola, Nigeria and South Africa remain the largest economics of Africa. The United Nations migration agency has provided emergency funding of $100,000 to kick-start relief operations in Angola for Congolese refugees displaced by fighting in the DRC’s Kasai region. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos stated that state economic policy is focused upon controlling consumer price inflation and diversifying revenue sources. Tens of thousands of Chinese have reportedly left Angola as a result of the current oil slump. Angola has become the latest country affected by the fall armyworm. Angolan Minister of External Relations Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti met with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully to dicuss trade between the two countries. Angolan Minister of External Relations Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti met with Indonesian Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto on 12 April to discuss ways to boost the Angolan and Indonesian economies through trade and investment. Angolan Minister of External Relations Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti met Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Bình Minh. The pair agreed to continue seeking measures to improve ties in certain areas and expand cooperation in particularly promising fields.

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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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