Sunday 10 December 2017
(The Citizen 09/25/17)
Angola held it’s national legislative elections on August 23, with the ruling Popular Liberation Movement of Angola (MPLA) securing the majority of the vote. President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend the inauguration of Angolan president-elect, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, the Presidency said on Monday. “South Africa and the Republic of Angola share a common history of the struggle against Apartheid, and strong multi-faceted bilateral ties exist between the two countries. This is not only evidenced through the fraternal political relationship, but also through the growing socio-economic and trade and investment relationship between the two countries,” the Presidency said. “Angola is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners on the continent of Africa with numerous South African companies involved in...
(Xinhuanet 09/25/17)
Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy Chen Yuan will attend the inauguration ceremony of Angolan President Joao Lourenco in Luanda on Sept. 26. Chen is vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang made the announcement here on Monday at a daily press briefing.
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(Xinhuanet 09/22/17)
Four Angola opposition parties decided on Thursday to take their seats in the National Assembly to play the democratic game. It was announced in a joint statement by the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), Social Renewal Party (PRS) and National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA). Angola's opposition had previously challenged results of the August 23 elections, in which the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) won 61 percent of the votes. According to the FNLA president, Lucas Ngonda, who read the joint statement regarding the outcome of the electoral process, the parties recognized the good performance of the voters...
(Angola Press(En) 09/22/17)
Pope Francis sent on Wednesday a message to the Angolan President-elect, João Lourenço, congratulating him on his election and hoping that the new Head of State will have success and prosperity in the destiny of the Angola. According to the message, the Holy Father also wishes to strengthen ties of fraternal coexistence, a future of peace and blessings. As President-elect, João Lourenço has already been congratulated, among others, by the US State Department, the presidents of Russia, China, Portugal, France, Brazil, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Botswana and Togo. He also received congratulatory messages from the Angolan embassies in Mexico, Ghana, China, Canada and the Pan-African Parliament. João Lourenço will be inaugurated on September 23.
(Sudan News Agency 09/22/17)
The President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer al-Bashir has sent a congratulatory message to his Angolan counterpart, Mr. Joao Lorenzo, the President of the Republic of Angola, on his election as President of his country. The President of the Republic expressed his sincere congratulations to President Lorenzo, and his wished him success and for the Angolan people for further progress and prosperity. He expressed aspiration for further joint work to promote bilateral relations in all fields.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(Macauhub 09/21/17)
Angola LNG has signed a multi-year agreement with London-based Glencore Energy UK Limited for the sale of natural gas shipments to be placed around the world, according to a joint statement released on Wednesday. This is the third contract of the kind signed by Angola LNG this month, after the supply agreements signed with the Vitol energy products companies in Switzerland and with RWE Supply & Trading, based in Germany and with a strong presence in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Angola LNG is an integrated project for use of natural gas, with a processing unit, a maritime terminal and loading facilities, as well as the possibility of developing non-associated gas. The shareholders of Angola LNG Limited are Angola...
(Angola Press(En) 09/21/17)
Luanda - The constituent meeting of the Angolan Parliament's fourth legislature, for the period 2017/2022, will take place on September 28 and will be marked by the inauguration oaths of the newly elected MPs. This was said to the press on Wednesday by the spokesperson of the meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly (AN), Raul Lima. He added that on the same occasion, the speaker and vice speakers of the National Assembly, as well as the secretaries of the assembly, will be elected, following the speech of the speaker-elect, who will mark the opening of the IV legislature 2017/2022. During the meeting on Wednesday, the parliament speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, wished that the IV...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Captured by militia and accused of being married to a Congolese government official, Kimpanga Caro could smell the fire she was told would be used to burn her decapitated head to ash. Caro, whose husband is a pastor not an official, was freed when one of the militiamen recognized her. She raced back home to find her husband in their ransacked village. They fled south, on foot with their five children, towards a country they heard was safe: Angola. Thirty thousand of her compatriots have made the same journey so far, among 1.4 million people driven from their homes in a year of violence in the central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are signs that the...
(Angola Press(En) 09/21/17)
Luanda - At least USD 44 million is the positive net result obtained by the Sovereign Development Fund of Angola (FSDEA) in the last fiscal year 2016. According to a press release from FSDEA that ANGOP had access to Wednesday, with this result, the institution reaches profitability for the first time in less than four years since its operations began in October 2012. The Sovereign Fund also states that the profits made are the result of a prudent investment policy and the positive return on investments in agriculture and infrastructure. The document also states that during the review period the Angolan Sovereign Fund also recorded a reduction in operating expenses of 40 percent compared to 2015. Until December 31, 2016,...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Trading house Glencore is to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from Angola LNG over a multi-year period, adding to similar recent deals between the producer and traders including Vitol. Angola LNG on Wednesday said the deal was another step toward building its sales book with the most important players in the LNG market. Last month it sold LNG to Vitol over a multi-year period and also entered a sales deal with the trading arm of Germany's RWE. Until recently, Angola has been selling all of its LNG via competitive tenders in the spot market, partly because a previous plan to ship LNG to the US fell through
(Angola Press(En) 09/20/17)
Luanda - Foreign currency sales dropped by 62 percent last week after the National Bank of Angola (BNA) has sold EUR 52.7 million ($ 58.9 million) to cover various operations. This is according to the BNA data delivered to Angop. The financial institution put at EUR 85.9 million the drop compared to the previous week. Of the amount available, EUR 17.3 million was earmarked for Letters of Credit to coverage operations of industry and food sectors. On the other hand, the banking institution mentioned EUR 13.4 million as having covered operations of various Sectors. Other sectors include healthcare with EUR 11.2 million, industry sector benefitted from EUR 10.6 million and EUR 134.3 thousand for operations of Ministries and State-owned institutions...
(Angola Press(En) 09/20/17)
Luanda - The Standing Committee of the National Assembly will on Wednesday hold a meeting in Luanda to prepare and approve the programme of institutional integration of the MPs of the IV Legislature of the 2017/2022 National Assembly, elected afterwards in the general elections of last August 23. Summoned by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, the meeting will alsodiscuss and approve the proposal of the constitutive meeting of the said legislature. The 2017-2022 Legislature, whose solemn opening session will take place on 15 October, will be comprised of 150 MPLA MPs, 51 UNITA MPs, 16 CASA-CE Coalition MPs, two PRS MPs and one FNLA, in a total of 220 parliamentarians.
(Angola Press(En) 09/20/17)
Luanda - The President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, returned Tuesday afternoon to the country's capital, after paying a working visit to the south-eastern Cuando Cubango province, where he inaugurated the Memorial to the Victory of the Cuito Cuanavale Battle. At Luanda’s “4 de Fevereiro” International Airport, the Angolan Head of State was welcomed by the Vice-president of the Republic, Manuel Vicente, provincial governor of Luanda, Higino Carneiro and distinguished members of the Executive. built in honor of the fighters who fought and defended this locality against the occupation of the then apartheid regime, the memorial symbolises the heroic resistance of the Angolan combatants against the South African armed forces invasion, at the time of the apartheid regime...
(Macauhub 09/19/17)
Angolan company Lisa Pulsares will start producing mobile phones in a factory due to be inaugurated in 2018 that will have the capacity to manufacture 6 million units per year under an investment contract signed in Luanda on Friday, Angolan news agency Angop reported. The project approved by the Technical Unit for Private Investment (UTIP) involves an investment of US$8.5 million, and the mobile phones will be produced in the Luanda plant from components partially assembled in Hong Kong and finished in Angola. The company’s managers intend, in a second phase, to start producing tablets, according to the investment contract signed with the UTIP, which grants the company a number of tax benefits. On Friday the UTIP signed six contracts...
(Macauhub 09/19/17)
Chinese state-owned company RSI Su, Lda is building 200 tilapia tanks in the Barra do Dande district of Angola’s Bengo province, the company’s spokesperson told Angolan news agency Angop. Pedro Panzo also said that this project represents an investment of US$1 million and the production will be sold both in the province and in other parts of Angola. The spokesman said that the company had already purchased enough fish food to launch the business, which requires tank construction to be completed, but it plans to produce fish food locally at a later date. Tilapia is the name given to various species of freshwater fish, which are naturally occuring in Africa and are now produced in many places in South America...
(Angola Press(En) 09/19/17)
President José Eduardo dos Santos left Tuesday morning for the south-eastern Cuando Cubango Province, where he will inaugurate the memorial that honours the bravery of those that fought in the renowned 1988 Cuito Cuanavale Battle against the then apartheid forces of South Africa. The Head of State was bid farewell by several members of his Executive, with highlight on the Vice President of the Republic, Manuel Domingos Vicente. The Cuito Cuanavale Battle was a decisive turning point in the war that was going on for many years. The reference date in the military confrontation between the then People's Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola (FAPLA) and the invading South African forces is 23 March, 1988. The FAPLA, supported by...
(Macauhub 09/19/17)
The Sovereign Fund of Angola has so far invested US$4.2 million of an initial estimate of US$20 million in the Pedras Negras Farm, said the public relations director of Quantum Global Group, the management company of the farm located in the municipality of Cacuso, Malanje province. Reginalda Pedro also said that the investment of the Sovereign Fund began in 2016, and the funds were used to buy equipment and production factors, “which will contribute to the production and processing of grains, such as sorghum (known as mapira in Mozambique), soy and corn into flour and animal feed.” The company’s public relations director reported that 3,500 hectares are currently being prepared for maize sowing, 900 hectares for sorghum and 500 hectares...

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