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A leap into the future
The Angola Press Agency ANGOP) enters the year 2013 with a technological and human framework in permanent transformation and updating, in line with the modernity of the telecommunication and communication means, which are factor that help fulfill its huge challenge and dream, that of becoming a great multimedia company.
The company was established in July 1975 under the name of “Agência Nacional Angola Press (ANAP). At the time, its items were distributed in the form of printed bulletin. In October the same year, ANGOP adopted the current designation, Agência Angola Press, following a proposal from the then President of the Republic, António Agostinho Neto, and released on July 30 its first dispatch under the new acronym.
Three years later, on 2nd February 1978, the agency was transformed into a State-owned social communication organ, following the printing of the Presidential Decree 11/78, of 2nd February, in the State Gazette. Ever since, the bases for its development were laid, recording flourishing moments in the 1980’s. On those days, ANGOP already employed about 300 workers, mostly journalists, working 24 running hours a day in the country’s 18 provinces and abroad, with five delegations (Portugal, Brazil, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and Congo).
This production quality led the main international agencies into using ANGOP as a source of information or establishing partnership with it. Among the various agencies with which ANGOP worked during all those years are Reuters, AP, AFP, EFE, ANSA, TANJUG, IPS, Prensa Latina, Xinhua, Tass, AIM (Mozambique), ST-Press (São Tomé), ANG (Guinea-Bissau), VNA (Vietnam), BTA (Bulgária), ADN (from the then eastern Germany), CTK (ex-Czecoslovakia), PAP (Poland), MTI (Hungary, Romania Press (Romania), ATCC (North Korea), ANN (Nicaragua), APS (Algeria), AZAP (ex-Zaíre), ABP (Burundi) and ACI (Congo Brazzaville).
A member of the pool of the Non-Aligned news agencies since its foundation, ANGOP held the presidency of that organ with much success from 1989 to 1992. This pool includes over a hundred countries from five continents.
ANGOP is also a member of the Alliance of the News Agencies of the Portuguese Speaking Countries (ALP) and of the Portuguese Speaking Community (CPLP).
As a recognition of its great work throughout the years, ANGOP had its efforts praised for the first time in 1990 and second in 1992, with the award of the International Gold Star Quality Prize, given by the Business Initiative Directions, and also in 1996 with the World Quality Commitment Award, given by the JX BAN IMAGEM ARTE, both companies based in Madrid. In 2009, the company was awarded the Maboque Journalism Award in the category of Organ of the Year, for the excellence of its journalistic work.
In the same year, the company was also awarded the "Gold Lion” prize for its journalistic coverage of the 26th edition of the Luanda International Fair.
The agency was again awarded the “Gold Lion” prize in the category of “Print Press” at the end of the 30th edition of the Luanda International Fair, held from 16th to 21st of July 2013.
With the war, the Agency had its development projects cut short, mainly that concerning its expansion abroad, as well as an ambitious programme of training of staff that would lead to the implementation of the peace process in the country. This process was aggravated by the destruction of some of its infrastructures and the death of some workers as a result of the conflict.
The effort to keep the national and international public opinion informed continued, despite the consequences of a fratricidal war. In the year it turned 25 years, the agency moved into a new phase, in pursuit of modernisation, both internal and external, and mainly in the search for a closer and easier contact with the whole planet through its Internet website.
From June of 2006, it experienced a process of modernisation that introduced relevant technological advances that transformed its website into an Internet portal that, in addition to offering a permanently actual multimedia news service, offers to the Angolan public and publicises the economic and tourist attractions of Angola.