Angola, Spain review bilateral cooperation

  • President João Lourenço on two-day visit to Madrid, Spain
Madrid - Angolan Head of State João Lourenço and the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sanches meet on Tuesday in Madrid to assess the implementation of the cooperation agreements signed between the two countries.

Angola and the Kingdom of Spain have signed several cooperation agreements, mainly in the sectors of agriculture, fisheries, industry, commerce, tourism, defence and security and air transport.

President João Lourenço  has been in the Spanish capital since Sunday night, on an official visit, at the invitation of the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sanches.

Joao Lourenço meets prior with King Filipe VI of Spain in morning, who will offer a lunch to the visiting presidential entourage.

The meeting between the Angolan President and the King of Spain will take place at the Zarzuela Palace, in Madrid.

On Wednesday, the last day of work in Spain, João Lourenço will visit the headquarters of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), where he will sign the book of honour and unveil a plaque to mark the visit to the WTO headquarters in the Spanish capital.

WTO is a specialised agency of the United Nations and the main international organisation in the field of tourism, which serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and as a source of practical knowledge about tourism.

The WTO has 158 countries as members and seven terrotories.

On the same day, Wednesday, the Angolan Head of State visits the Isabel II water channel, a public company that is responsible for managing the entire water cycle, mainly in the community of Madrid.

Dynamic bilateral cooperation

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António, said Monday in Madrid that the visit of the President to the Kingdom of Spain will boost bilateral cooperation, which he considered dynamic.

"Bilateral cooperation is quite dynamic and what we have been doing since the visit of the President of the Spanish Government to Luanda is to align our priorities. Going to concrete actions and projects, as well as motivating more Spanish companies to invest in Angola", he pointed out.

He recalled that the visit of the Head of the Spanish Government to Luanda, in April this year, made it possible to increase the credit line that exists with Spain.

"This is already a concrete result. As you know, in Angola we have many structuring projects that need lines of credit", he underlined.

He noted that Angola cooperates with the Kingdom of Spain in almost all areas, "that is, in almost all sectors we have agreements with Spain, hence the composition of our delegation with ministers from various sectors".

In addition to the Foreign Affairs minister, the presidential delegation comprises ministers of Finance Vera Daves, Interior Eugénio César Laborinho, Trade and Industry Victor Fernandes, and Energy and Water Baptista Borges.

On the other hand, Téte António has announced plans for construction of ophthalmology hospital in Angola in the near future, as result of partnership with the Kingdom of Spain.

"It is in our interest to have an ophthalmology hospital in Angola, I think Spain is a right partner (...) to make this project concrete," he said.

He said that there are other comparative advantages of Spain that Angola would like to take advantage of.

Bilateral cooperation relations between Angola and the Kingdom of Spain are based on the General Cooperation Agreement signed on May 20, 1987, and the Complementary Agreement to the General Agreement signed in November 1987.

Cooperation between the two countries has intensified in the business sector with the presence of Spanish companies in Angola.

Spain currently has more than 60 companies operating in Angola in different sectors such as energy, banking, construction and agriculture.

Angola and the Kingdom of Spain have signed several cooperation agreements, mainly in the sectors of agriculture, fisheries, industry, commerce, tourism, defence and security and air transport.

President João Lourenço  has been in the Spanish capital since Sunday night, on an official visit, at the invitation of the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sanches.

Joao Lourenço meets prior with King Filipe VI of Spain in morning, who will offer a lunch to the visiting presidential entourage.

The meeting between the Angolan President and the King of Spain will take place at the Zarzuela Palace, in Madrid.

On Wednesday, the last day of work in Spain, João Lourenço will visit the headquarters of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), where he will sign the book of honour and unveil a plaque to mark the visit to the WTO headquarters in the Spanish capital.

WTO is a specialised agency of the United Nations and the main international organisation in the field of tourism, which serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and as a source of practical knowledge about tourism.

The WTO has 158 countries as members and seven terrotories.

On the same day, Wednesday, the Angolan Head of State visits the Isabel II water channel, a public company that is responsible for managing the entire water cycle, mainly in the community of Madrid.

Dynamic bilateral cooperation

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António, said Monday in Madrid that the visit of the President to the Kingdom of Spain will boost bilateral cooperation, which he considered dynamic.

"Bilateral cooperation is quite dynamic and what we have been doing since the visit of the President of the Spanish Government to Luanda is to align our priorities. Going to concrete actions and projects, as well as motivating more Spanish companies to invest in Angola", he pointed out.

He recalled that the visit of the Head of the Spanish Government to Luanda, in April this year, made it possible to increase the credit line that exists with Spain.

"This is already a concrete result. As you know, in Angola we have many structuring projects that need lines of credit", he underlined.

He noted that Angola cooperates with the Kingdom of Spain in almost all areas, "that is, in almost all sectors we have agreements with Spain, hence the composition of our delegation with ministers from various sectors".

In addition to the Foreign Affairs minister, the presidential delegation comprises ministers of Finance Vera Daves, Interior Eugénio César Laborinho, Trade and Industry Victor Fernandes, and Energy and Water Baptista Borges.

On the other hand, Téte António has announced plans for construction of ophthalmology hospital in Angola in the near future, as result of partnership with the Kingdom of Spain.

"It is in our interest to have an ophthalmology hospital in Angola, I think Spain is a right partner (...) to make this project concrete," he said.

He said that there are other comparative advantages of Spain that Angola would like to take advantage of.

Bilateral cooperation relations between Angola and the Kingdom of Spain are based on the General Cooperation Agreement signed on May 20, 1987, and the Complementary Agreement to the General Agreement signed in November 1987.

Cooperation between the two countries has intensified in the business sector with the presence of Spanish companies in Angola.

Spain currently has more than 60 companies operating in Angola in different sectors such as energy, banking, construction and agriculture.