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Wednesday, 14 April 2010 10:38

Diplomat Highlights Diversification Of Angolan Economy

Washington, April 13, (Angola Press) - The Angolan Ambassador to the United States of America, Josefina Pitra Diakitй, has highlighted the diversification of the country's economy as one of the government's priorities.


Speaking on the "African Connection" programme of the 900 AM WURD radio station, and the television channel "The African World", the diplomat said Angola has adopted a strategy of diversifying its economy beyond the oil sector and is scoring good results.


According to Josefina Diakitй, the government has set priorities, in line with the country's reality, with the purpose of meeting the most pressing needs of the Angolan people.


She mentioned the rehabilitation, construction and reconstruction of infrastructures like hospitals, health centres, schools, bridges, roads and highways all over the country. The diplomat also mentioned the government's plan to build one million houses, the projects in the transport sector, which includes the rehabilitation and modernisation of airports and landing fields.


The modernisation of the railways of Luanda, Moзвmedes and Benguela and the rehabilitation of the Lobito and Namibe ports, were also highlighted by the ambassador that also referred to the construction of the ports of Cabinda, Barra do Dande and Porto Amboнm.


The nterviews were part of the celebrations of the Peace and National Reconciliation Day, April 4.


Josefina Pitra briefly spoke of the benefits attained in the eight years of peace, of the approval of the new constitution, following a process widely debated about, involving political parties and the civil society, before promulgation by the Head of State, Josй Eduardo dos Santos.


The ambassador informed that the State-run Angola Airlines (TAAG) is no longer on the European Union airspace ban list, after it fully complied with the recommendations from concerned international organisations.


She also announced that within the framework of existing bilateral cooperation between Angola and the United State, an accord might soon be reached, enabling Delta Airlines to start flying to Angola, in exchange to TAAG flights into the US.


Josefina Diakitй also spoke of the establishment of a bilateral commission tasked with regulating the cooperation between the two countries, in the light of the recent visit to the United States of the Angolan Foreign minister, Assunзгo dos Anjos, and that of US secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to Angola.


The interview also focused on the participation of Angolan women in decision making organs, like the government and parliament, in response to the quota set by the United Nations Organisation (UNO).


Speaking on the Orange Africa Cup of Nations held in January this year in the country, the ambassador said the continental football showpiece is a motive of pride to all Angolans, despite the terrorist attack on the national team of Togo.



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