Sunday 22 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/22/17)
After nearly 40 years under the rule of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, millions of Angolans are angry and frustrated -- and many seem determined to use Wednesday's elections to express their hunger for change. Few of them are signed-up members of any opposition party, but throughout the election campaign they have flocked in large numbers to rallies held by both the UNITA and Casa-CE parties. Among their ranks are youths whose education has been short cut, leaving them bereft of skills, graduates who can't find a job, and older men mired in long-term unemployment. With Dos Santos standing down after the election, the ruling MPLA party -- which has held power since 1975 -- is expected to win again...
(Bloomberg 08/22/17)
Around the horseshoe-shaped bay of Luanda, Angola’s capital, unfinished skyscrapers stand as a testament to the challenges facing Africa’s second-biggest oil producer as it prepares for its first leadership change in almost four decades. Before the oil slump, hundreds of container ships waited near the palm-tree lined waterfront to offload their goods at the port. Today, only a handful of vessels are visible. In the suburbs, gated communities built for foreign workers and a middle class that never materialized are standing practically empty. “Where did all the ships go?” said Matias Joaquim, who owns a small restaurant in the Sambizanga slum, a maze of huts on a hill overlooking the port of Luanda. “If the rich are already not doing...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/22/17)
An Angolan opposition party, CASA-CE, said on Monday it will use a computer program to minimize the chances of ballot-rigging in next Wednesday's election. The country's main two opposition parties, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola – Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), have complained of irregularities in the electoral process. The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), which has ruled Angola since independence from Portugal in 1975, is expected to win this week's election. CASA-CE's program, presented to media in Luanda on Monday, will calculate results based on data from delegates at polling stations. This will enable them to pick up potential discrepancies, such as between votes cast and...
(AfricaNews 08/22/17)
After suffering a huge blow following the fall in prices of petroleum products, Angola has turned to the agro-industry to recover from the current economic crisis. The country is the second biggest oil producer Africa, but revenues have gone down by at least a third over the past two years alone due to falling prices. So the country has embarked on a process of economic diversification, and at the forefront, is agriculture. In the 1970s Angola was the leading exporter of coffee, sisal, sugar cane and bananas. But all that was seriously damaged by its 27-year civil war that ended in 2002. While agriculture contributes only 10% of its GDP, the country which has 58 million hectares of arable land,...
(AfricaNews 08/22/17)
Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has congratulated retiring Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos for deciding to bow out as president. Chissano, who served the Portuguese-speaking country between 1986 to 2005, said the decision to retire was timely especially in an economically viable period. “He made the decision because he thought it was a good time for the Angolans. I also did the same when I was convinced it was time to retire,” he said on Monday in the Angolan capital Luanda after a meeting with the head of the electoral commission. “President José Eduardo dos Santos deserves all the praise, because he turned a country ruined by war into a prosperous nation, introducing, in time, the necessary reforms, especially...
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
African officials on Monday called for urgent infrastructural development and regional integration to boost the continent's economy. At the Infrastructure Africa 2017 in Johannesburg, Zambian Minister of Finance Felix Mutati encouraged Africans to speedily address infrastructural deficit. "We have to inject some sense of urgency in ourselves. If we remain captured by business as usual, we are headed for disaster," said Mutati at the opening ceremony of the two-day event. "Competitiveness in Africa is being constrained by infrastructure deficit. We need about 93 billion U.S. dollars every year to address the infrastructure gap in the continent. We need to urgently implement projects," he said. Mutati said Africa has to narrow focus to innovative financing and design, better use of existing...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
When Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos steps down and his successor is chosen in Wednesday's elections, it will bring to an end a 38-year reign dominated by his unrelenting authoritarian style. Though seldom seen in public, he has been a looming presence in daily life for as long as most Angolans can remember, maintaining fierce control over the country throughout its devastating civil war and recent oil boom. Now aged 74 and reportedly in poor health, Dos Santos became president in 1979, making him Africa's second-longest-serving leader -- one month shy of Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Until the 27-year civil war ended in 2002, Dos Santos presided over a country torn apart by conflict as his People's Movement...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Angola goes to the polls on Wednesday in a historic election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his party set to retain power despite the country's economic crisis. The MPLA (People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola), which has ruled the country since its 1975 independence from Portugal, is expected to defeat opposition parties that struggle under an authoritarian regime. Dos Santos's retirement - reportedly prompted by ill health - has triggered the biggest political transition in decades for Angola, a leading oil-exporter in Africa. However, his chosen successor, Defence Minister Joao Lourenco, is a loyalist who is predicted to avoid immediate change in a government often criticised for corruption and failure to tackle...
(Voice of America 08/21/17)
For the majority of Angola's 29 million people, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is the only leader they have ever known. Now, as he steps aside after nearly four decades, many Angolans are preparing to vote for the very first time. Until this year, Ana Maria Espirito Santos Monteiro never registered to vote. The 60-year-old saw no reason, because for the last 38 years Angola has been ruled by President dos Santos, who was accused of rigging elections in his favor. But with dos Santos not running for re-election this time, Monteiro said she is excited. Monteiro told VOA she is going to vote for the first time because she believes the electoral ruses will not be on such a...
(African Review 08/21/17)
Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos, has inaugurated the Unidade Operativa flyover, aiming to improve the dormant traffic condition on Deolinda Rodrigues Avenue AngolaThe flyover is expected to improve the traffic situation in the Southern African nation. The new flyover will help in reducing the heavy traffic flow in the section from BCA (Grafanil-Viana) to the Unidade Operativa, both directions, and from Senado da Camara road to Tourada. The Unidade Operativa flyover is 5.5m high, 510m long and 20m wide. The flyover consists of four lanes, two for each direction, with 14m wide and 3.5m for each lane. Prior to the inauguration of the flyover, the president received technical explanations from Artur Fortunato, construction minister, and Rosária Kiala, engineer responsible...
(The Guardian 08/21/17)
José Eduardo dos Santos steps down after elections this week. But an oil price crash and high inflation have loosened his MPLA party’s grip on power. It is a contest that will be familiar to many – not just in Angola but in every country across Africa where anyone remembers the cold war. It pits the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the political party that has ruled the southern African country for more than four decades, against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita), which has been battling to gain control for more than 50 years. The two are no longer warring over trenches, airstrips and dusty roads through scrubby forests, but fighting for...
(African Review 08/21/17)
Grupo Sun Ocean Lda is a project in Angola’s beverage sector with capacity to produce, package and distribute juice, water and wine with significant capacity to contribute to positive economic and social impacts in Angola. Grupo Sun Ocean Lda formed by Sun Ocean Holdings Ltd., a local partner with extensive experience in the Angolan market, Embasa (Equatorial Guinea) and QG African Infrastructure 1 LP has received formal approval from UTIP in Angola. Grupo Sun Ocean Lda is a project in Angola’s beverage sector with capacity to produce, package and distribute juice, water and wine with significant capacity to contribute to positive economic and social impacts in Angola. UTIP, whose function is to receive, analyse and manage private investment, took into...
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
GreenWish Partners, a renewable energy company run by a former Morgan Stanley executive, is planning to invest $800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers across Africa. The project could fuel economic growth by providing power for essential services. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest rates of energy access in the world and is home to about half of the world’s 1.2 billion people without reliable electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. The problem extends to businesses as well as households, cutting into productivity and growth. “We reduce the total cost of power by 30 percent,” said Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian, the founder and chief executive officer of GreenWish, who was formerly a managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. “Smaller towers can run...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
Angolan ruler Jose Eduardo dos Santos will keep his grip on power if his party wins elections this month, even as he steps down as president after 38 years in office, according to the country’s main opposition leader. The ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola has picked 63-year-old Defense Minister Joao Lourenco as its presidential candidate for the Aug. 23 vote. Dos Santos will remain the party’s chairman and has appointees in the security services that will probably stay in their posts under a new law passed by parliament last month. After decades as president, Dos Santos is now set to direct the government from behind the scenes, according to Isaias Samakuva, head of the opposition National Union...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(Angola Press(En) 08/08/17)
The Angolan mining and geology sector is as from now more competitive than other African countries with the inauguration of the Laúca Dam in northern Malanje province. This was said Sunday in Cacuso, Malanje, by the minister of Geology and Mining, Francisco Queiroz. According to the minister, the construction of the Laúca Dam has an extraordinary value as the power it will generated will favor the emergence of great projects in the mining sector. The increase in the production of electricity through the creation of new projects is crucial to the rise in new business since the transformation of mining products requires a lot of power. "We have been observing the diversification of the mining sector, but this suffers a...
(Angola Press(En) 08/08/17)
The opposition UNITA presidential candidate Isaias Samakuva Monday in eastern Lunda Sul province conveyed his political strategy guidelines to ensure the victory in the general elections of 23 August. The politician, who arrived in Lunda Sul on Sunday to stage his party's election campaign, toured the "Candembe" and "14" Markets in the province's capital, Saurimo city. In his direct contact with the vendors, the president of the main opposition party spoke of his strategy to promote entrepreneurship. Samakuva learnt of the main plights the vendors face and encouraged them to consult their names on the electoral rolls posted at polling stations. He also visited the Maternal and Child Center of Txizainga's Provincial Hospital. The politician, who is expected to end...
(Macauhub 08/08/17)
The Angolan company Aenergia, established in 2012 and a partner of the American General Electric group, has been contracted by the Angolan government to supply solar power equipment for use in remote areas of the country, per the terms of a presidential authorisation. The US$114.2 million deal covers the supply and installation of industrial generators, home generators and photovoltaic generation kits, as well as technical assistance. The contract with the Energy and Water Ministry includes the supply of equipment to set up distribution networks involving power systems isolated from national coverage. Lusa news agency has reported that the May 2014 population census concluded that only 1.7 million dwellings (31.9 percent of the total) had guaranteed access to the electric power...

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