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Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:26 - Updated Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:26

Institute of International Relations gains new facilities

Luanda - Nine three-storey buildings, built on an area of four hectares, are the new facilities of the Higher Institute of International Relations that until then functioned in three rooms in the former building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in António Jacinto, Luanda.

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With 28 classrooms to accommodate 30 students each, the fully equipped infrastructure will have an annual capacity of 1,800 trainees in the three periods as opposed to nearly two hundred current ones.

The work, which was budgeted at US $ 25 million, was executed in 30 months and is a donation from the Chinese government to the Angolan Government, handed over Thursday in the framework of diplomatic cooperation between the two countries.

The infrastructure comprises buildings for administrative area, classrooms, auditorium, dormitories for teachers and students, cafeteria and related structures.

According to the Chinese ambassador to Angola, Cui Aimim, who made the formal delivery of the facilities, this is the first cooperation project in the diplomatic area, predicting that it will be the cradle of training more diplomats to work ahead of economic diplomacy.

In his turn, the director of the Higher Institute of International Relations, Alfredo Dombe, said that the institution could progress to Diplomatic Academy in the next two years.

To this end, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should work with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation to create all the conditions for the institute to be elevated to the Diplomatic Academy.

With this change, the institution will provide postgraduate, master's and doctoral training. He added that the facilities are already in operation this academic year, when it will be inaugurated.

The institution, created in 1998, trains staff in two strands: a university course and several professional courses directed to attachés and consular officials.

The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agostinho Van-Dúnem, made the reception of the facilities, located in the Centrality of Kilamba, who reiterated his commitment to continue the partnership between the two States in several areas

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