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Profile of the Construction and Public Works minister

Luanda - Manuel Tavares de Almeida, born in the city of N'Dalatando, Cuanza Norte province, on April 11, 1957, and with a degree in civil engineering, is the new Minister of Construction and Public Works.

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Minister of Construction and Public Works, Manuel Tavares de Almeida

Photo: Francisco Miudo

He did his primary studies in the Neves Bendinha neighborhood, in Luanda, until 1966.
He completed secondary education until 6th year, at the D. João I school and at the former Salvador Correia Liceu, in Luanda, until the end of 1973.

He served in the JMPLA in the city of Cabinda, from February 1974 to October 1975, when he joined the ranks of FAPLA, at Gika Base, in the 2nd Military Political Region, Cabinda province.

From 1977 to 1978, he took the course at the School of Inter-weapons Officials, Nicolau Gomes Spencer, in the city of Huambo.

During the same period, he resumed his studies and joined the Agostinho Neto University in Luanda. In 1981, he requested the then Minister of Defense, Pedro Maria Ntonha (Pedalé), to complete the civil engineering course at the António Agostinho University Grandson.

From 1981 to 1983 he was coordinator and professor of physics, assistant coordinator of the civil construction course and member of the trade union commission, at the Makarenko Polytechnic Institute in Luanda.

From 1983 to 1984 he worked at the company Hidroportos-UEE, as a senior engineering technician and from 1984 to 1985 he was head of structural department of the company Tecnoprojectos-UEE, having completed in that year the civil engineering course at the Faculty of Engineering of the António Agostinho Neto University.

In 1985, he was placed on a commission by the FAA in GAMEK to participate in the construction of the Capanda Hydroelectric Plant, having completed a three-month internship in Brazil in 1986 and been appointed Project Director of Capanda from 1987 to 2004.

In 2002, he was appointed Deputy Director General for Engineering and Planning, accumulating the functions of head of Technical Department of GAMEK. From 2004 to 2005 he was part of the Management Committee of GAMEK.

From 1994 to 1996, he successfully completed his master's degree course in Portugal, and defended his thesis "Contribution for the construction of dams in compacted concrete with roller".

He was an officer in the reserve from 1981 to 2002, working in the civil service on commission, and since 2002 has retired from the army with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. Since 2013 he is registered as a former combatant and veteran of the motherland with the case no. 41170.

From 1996 to 1999, he was an assistant professor of civil construction subjects I and II at the Faculty of Engineering of Agostinho Neto University in Luanda.

From 2006 to 2015, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Geotécnica-E.P. and in 2010 he was called to provide advice to the Civil House of the President of the Republic, functions he holds to this date.

In January 2016 he was appointed Director for the Baynes Project Office, Binational Hydroelectric Plant on the Cunene River in partnership with the Republic of Namibia.

During his professional activity as a civil engineer and manager, he participated in several courses in English, computer science and management, as well as in congresses, seminars, workshops and technical visits to international works related to dams and roads, and participated and presented technical topics on the Capanda AHE, topics that are written in the annals of the international conferences on dams.

As a liberal professional, he was the founder and organizer of engineering and construction companies, which carried out projects, provided inspection services and construction of more than 600 km of roads, buildings, Gove AHE in Huambo and AHE of Chiumbe-Dala.
Likewise, as an entrepreneur, he operates in real estate, commerce, catering, hospitality and industry.

Member of the Order of Engineers of Angola and registered in the Provincial Government of Luanda, to design and direct works, with numbers 843 and 914, respectively.

Political activity

Member of JMPLA (1974/1975);

First Secretary of the MPLA Capanda Action Committee (2001-2004);

Member of the MPLA Municipal Committee of Cacuso (2002-2008);

Member of the MPLA Malange Provincial Committee (2002-2008);

Delegate to the III MPLA National Conference;

Member of the MPLA Committee of Engineers;

Member of CAP 283, of Tank II, Ramiros-Belas in Luanda;

Member of the MPLA Central Committee since August 2016;

Member of the CAP 117 Talatona in Luanda.

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