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U.K to support Angola in poverty reduction

26 February 2007,

Luanda:  The United Kingdom intends to co-operate with Angola in the area of agriculture, mainly to boost the private agricultural sector and food security, in the ambit of the government's strategy to reduce poverty, announced Thursday, in Luanda, the Angolan ambassador to the U.K, Ana Maria Teles Carreira.

Speaking to ANGOP, at the end of a meeting between the British/Angolan Forum (BAF) and the Chatham House International Affairs Institute, the Angolan diplomat also informed that the two countries also wish to co-operate in the training of human resources, management of the public sector, as well as in land policies and public services.

She also said that the most probable areas in which the two nations might co-operate are in education, health, demining, statistics, public sector management and immigration.

As regards the level of relations between both countries, Ana Maria Carreira revealed that in political terms there has been a great impulse, since Angola achieved peace.

In economic terms, she said, the relation is not yet the desired one, because of the shy interest that British entrepreneurs have to invest in Angola, due to the fact that some infrastructures in the country are destroyed.

On his turn, Chatham House programme director for Africa, Alex Vines, explained that the meeting is a step towards finding a more concrete dialogue between the United Kingdom and Angola.

He also informed that Chatham House intends to organise another workshop with the Angolan delegation, in Aberdeen, Scotland, on 29-30 March.

The United Kingdom, which has in Angola companies like British Petroleum and British Airways, exports to this African country mostly products and equipment for the oil industry.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Angolan Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Oil, Energy and Waters, Environment, as well as from the public companies Sonangol (oil) and EDEL (electricity).

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