Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:23 - Updated Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:22
Ministry of Culture signs agreement with Total E&P
Luanda - The Angolan Ministry of Culture, the French embassy and Total E&P Angola signed Friday, 18 October, a financing agreement regarding the implementation for the Management Plan of the Historic Center of Mbanza Congo, classified as a World Heritage Site in 2017, by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
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The Mbanza Congo agreement has a two-year term of execution and establishes the rules of the funding to be provided by French embassy and Total E&P Angola, defined actions in the management plan of the historic site to be developed in collaboration with Angolan Ministry of Culture (MINCULT).
The working program includes the rehabilitation of the King's House, the support for the development of local and traditional handicrafts, the rehabilitation of the club room and the installation of an audiovisual system, as well as the support of the municipal library, whose execution will be under the French Alliance of Luanda.
Therefore, the Iron Palace agreement is valid for 12 months, aiming to structure the functional framework and necessary conditions for future cooperation between each institution to develop actions, as well as initiatives for their preservation and sustainability of the perimeter.
The first agreement was signed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Dr Aguinaldo Cristóvão, the French embassy counselor, Thierry Valentin, and Total's managing director, Olivier Jouny.
However, the second one, was signed by the general director of the National Institute of Cultural Heritage, Cecilia Gourgel, and the general director of Total, Olivier Jouny.
The agreements signing ceremony was attended by the Minister of Culture, Maria da Piedade de Jesus, and by the French Ambassador, Sylvan Itté.
The minister of culture stated that the partnership for the revitalization of the Iron Palace emerges from the need to reconcile the cultural development, functionality and dynamics of a privileged space within the “heart” of the city and with a great historical symbolism.
In his turn, Sylvan Itté, the French ambassador, praised the cooperation, once his country closely followed the proposal to raise up Mbanza Congo as a World Heritage Site.
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