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Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:40 - Updated Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:40

Institutionalisation of local Governance may run until 2021 - vice president

Luanda - The institutionalisation of the local authorities in Angola may take place until 2021, said Tuesday the Vice President Manuel Domingos Vicente.

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Vice president, Manuel Vicente, addressing the opening ceremony of the forum on Municipalities and Cities of Angola

Photo: Lino Guimarães

Manuel Domingos Vicente was speaking at the opening of the IV forum on Angola’s municipalities and cities.

He said that the programme of support for the preparation process of Local Governance also aims to create technical support tools.

According to him, the process include technical, human and financial resources as well as the integration of the Traditional Authorities in local governance.

The Vice President recalled that the commitments are based on the Constitution as part of a goal undertaken by the Executive in the light of National Development Programme.

Manuel Vicente noted that the development of the country also depends on what is being done locally in the economic, social and cultural fields.

The Vice president considered crucial the administrative decentralisation to our political and administrative action in order to reach the levels of harmonious development across the country.

On the other hand, the vice president welcomed the fact that the forum to address the National Strategic Plan for Territorial Administration (PLANEAT) aimed at securing better coordination and harmony among government, citizens, firms, families and communities to increasingly boost the public administration and improve the results of its activity.

He believes that the debate of ideas and confrontation of opinions can contribute to decide on model of administration needed for building and consolidating process of the nation and its identity, reconciling the national interests with those of local communities.

The official stated that in its 41 years Angola, as a Nation, is gradually moving from a centralised and hierarchical administration to a decentralized and heterogeneous administration.

He explained that the process requires the transfer and harmonization of competences, powers, responsibilities and resources from the Central Government to the local entities that represent the specific interests of the populations.

The decentralisation process represents strengthening of democracy and allows that the collective needs can be resolved more closely to the population, said Manuel Vicente, calling for the need to make efforts to provide the municipalities with real life, addressing that issues and meet the people's needs.

In order to achieve this goal, he added, it is necessary to allocate adequate and  proportionally the resources so that the local authorities properly exercise their powers.

Manuel Vicente also stressed the importance of dialogue aimed to identify the aspects related to the competences to be shared, the resources to be allocated and, above all, the way to make that expectation a reality.

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