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2 02 MAGAZINE OF THE EMBASSY OF ANGOLA N. 06 Eng. José Eduardo dos Santos, Angolan Republic President Angola celebrates 11 years of effective peace On 4 April, the Republic of Angola celebrated the eleven years of peace experienced since the end of the civil war that devastated the country, just over a decade that has transformed the former Portuguese colony into one of the countries with the highest growth rate in Africa. The date was made a national holiday and has become for Angolans an important historical milestone in the people s struggle, marking a decisive turning point in the political process and Angola s development. It is also one of the Angolan people s greatest gains after national independence on 11 November Today, eleven years later, there is a climate of just and definitive peace in the country. This is an important time in its history such as has never before been experienced by the Angolan people, not even in the distant past or since the birth of Angola as an independent and sovereign state. Peace is the result of the efforts of Angolans, who understood the need to end hostilities and start the process of completing the pending items of the Lusaka Protocol. It is the wish of Angolans to build a united, staunch and mature country guided by the values of national unity, democracy, social justice and respect for human rights. Today the Angolan people face new challenges, since it has become Director: Embaixador Miguel Neto Editor & Proofreading: António Nascimento Photography: Quim Mbaya Translation: Marga Holness WEZA 06 - Mar/Apr 2013 Graphic Design: Kassim Design Copies: 2000 exemplares Printer: Capital Printers Graphic Execution: Press Office of the Embassy Cover image: Website: Address: 22 Dorset Street London W1U 6QY United Kingdom Tel: Fax:

3 03 imperative to continue efforts to strengthen those principles by furthering action to combat hunger and poverty. The Angolan government has promoted tolerance and respect for differences of opinion and party affiliations, while encouraging patriotic feelings in the population, especially among children and young people, and strengthening the institutions of the democratic state based on the rule of law, as an indispensable premise for taking new firm steps to achieve the harmonious growth of the country. According to the President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, anyone who really loves peace has to be able to forgive and reconcile themselves with their neighbour, thus contributing to genuine and sound unity among Angolans, without affecting differences that one or the other may express Generals Armando da Cruz Neto (FAA) and Abreu Muengo Kamorteiro (UNITA), at the ceremony of the peace agreement in Angola

4 04 MAGAZINE OF THE EMBASSY OF ANGOLA N. 06 AMBASSADOR MIGUEL GASPAR FERNANDES NETO, The new Chief of the Diplomatic Mission, non resident, in Ireland The Angolan diplomat Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto presented his credentials as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Angola to the Republic of Ireland to Michael Higgins, President of Ireland, on 26 March. Angola and Ireland strengthen their friendship and bilateral cooperation In the course of the ceremony they welcomed the excellent relations between the two countries and expressed their determination to further strengthen ties of bilateral cooperation. During the meeting, which was attended by Alex White, Minister of State for Health, the Irish President said he had followed the political situation in Angola, the economic developments and the steps taken to establish multiparty democracy, as well as the important role played by Angola in bringing peace to that part of Africa. During the presentation of his Letters figured to Joe Brennan, Deputy Chief of Protocol in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto spoke of the current situation in Angola with regard to economic and social development, as well as the excellent and active role played by the country in regional and international organisations. He stressed Angola s work in the Southern African Development Community and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, which had contributed to the solution of regional and world issues. In addition to the ceremonies, the new Ambassador, accompanied by his wife, Emília Moreno Neto, and the Minister Counsellor, Eduardo Neto Sangueve, had separate working meetings with the dean of

5 05 the diplomatic corps in Ireland and the deputy director for international cooperation in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. In his long diplomatic career, Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto, who is 62 years old, has been Angola s Ambassador to many countries in the world, including Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda, Lesotho, South Africa and Mauritius. He has been Angolan representative to the African Union and to the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto is also head of Angola s diplomatic mission in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, where he is resident. As a diplomat, he has also been Director for Africa and the Middle East in Angola s Ministry of External Relations. The Republic of Ireland is a European country in the northwest of the continent. It covers an area of 70,284 square kilometres and has about 4.5 million inhabitants. The country has notable social and economic achievements, since it has the fifth highest per capita income in the world and the fifth highest Human Development Index (HDI) ranking, with a good quality of life. The island of Ireland divided into the Republic of Ireland (which occupies most of territory) and Northern Ireland. The country became independent of the United Kingdom on 24 April 1916 and was recognised on 6 December It joined the European Union on 1 January With a per capita income of $47,168, life expectancy in Ireland is 78.6, illiteracy is 99,9%, most people are religious and the currency is the euro. Ireland has a small and modern economy based on trade. It had an average growth rate of 6 percent between 1995 and 2007 and an average of 9 percent between 1995 and 2001, becoming the developed country with the greatest GDP growth 1st Brigade of Artilhary of the Presidential Regiment Collins Barracks Cork

6 06 MAGAZINE OF THE EMBASSY OF ANGOLA N. 06 Angola to have four new state higher education institutes by 2017 By 2017, Angola will have another four state higher education institutes that are being built in Luanda, Malanje, Kwanza Sul and Namibe. This was announced in Soyo by Manuel Domingos Vicente, Vice-President of the Republic of Angola, who also said that the Angolan university population would increase by 200,000 students in the next five years. The government five-year programme for forecasts the enrolment of 200,000 new higher education students. It is to this end that work has started on the construction of the Higher Institute of Information and Communication in Luanda, the Higher Petroleum Institute in Kwanza Sul, the Agro-Food Technology School in Malanje and the Higher Fisheries Institute in Namibe. Eng. Manuel Domingos Vicente, Vice-President of the Republic of Angola

7 07 Angolan Ambassador talks about cultural diplomacy in the British parliament Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto, Angola s Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, said in London that Angola is a country whose people comprise many ethnic groups and historical-cultural communities that possess a rich and diversified cultural heritage, which is developing and within which they interact. He was speaking in the House of Lords on the subject Angola, state multiculturalism, dialogue of cultures in the presence of Members of Parliament, Academics, Ambassadors from Africa, Europe and the Middle East accredited in Britain and students from different universities in the United Kingdom. The Ambassador said that Angola has its own identity, which must be preserved the enriched, in order to strengthen a firm feeling of identity, pride and national unity, constituting a revitalising force in the process of cultural development. He stressed that Angola s culture is expressed in its material and spiritual values, which constitute the Angolan people s cultural heritage. Miguel Neto also spoke of the Angolan cultural identity and its ethno-linguistic process, calling on those present to study and value the country s culture, which is expressed through its traditions, beliefs, art, dance, literature, gastronomy, films and, especially, through its national languages of Bantu origin. In his lengthy address, the Ambassador also referred to the process of globalisation, the ideologies of which bring foreign elements that both enrich and weaken the cultural values and norms of any country. In this respect, the Ambassador explained that the Angolan government has adopted a policy of cultural development that makes it possible for cultural institutions to be able and capable of dealing with the consequences of this, so as to preserve identity without resorting to action contrary to human rights or essential values that could harm the nation. For three days, the participants in the conference on cultural diplomacy also discussed subjects related to the multicultural state: inter-disciplinary analysis of political, economic and cultural dimensions, the cultural and environmental component in the study of the common cause in the Middle East, the role of sport in building cultural bridges, case study of 2012 Olymipic Games and commercial roots like a big orchestra for unity in the diaspora, through music. They also discussed immigration, integration and cultural identity, opera as a vehicle of cultural diplomacy to sustain multiculturalism, Islamophobia in the west, the prevalence of multiculturalism in the United Kingdom and drama: a means of revitalising historical understanding Participants at the Cultural Diplomacy Conference in London, United Kingdom

8 08 MAGAZINE OF THE EMBASSY OF ANGOLA N. 06 British Minister encourages private investment in Angola Mark Simonds, the Foreign Office Minister for Africa, told British business people in London that Angola offered great business opportunities and advised them to invest in the country. Speaking at the opening of an economic forum to discuss the possibilities of triangular commercial partnerships between Angola, the United Kingdom and Portugal, he gave the business people assurances about the political stability, peace and development now established in Angola after many years of conflict. The British Minister said that Angola had great economic potential and sufficient natural resources to become an important partner for the international community and the United Kingdom in particular. Stating that a lack of knowledge of the legal and administrative system in Angola and of the Portuguese language as a means of communication was a big hindrance for British business people, he said the United Kingdom was working in close cooperation with renowned Portuguese companies that know the Angolan market and operate in it, with a view to overcoming these difficulties. The British government, he said, wanted United Kingdom companies to be more aggressive in business with Angola, exploring all the investment areas made available by the Angolan authorities, especially in respect of education, vocational training, financial services and infrastructure development. The National Agency for Private Investment (ANIP), approved 35 investment projects from the United Kingdom between 2008 and 2012 Mark Simonds, the Foreign Office Minister for Africa

9 09 and the same number from South Africa, while the biggest investors were Portugal, with 739 projects, and China, with 181. ANIP has approved private foreign funding amounting to approximately 10 billion kwanzas. The Angolan government has implemented policies to attract private investment in different sectors of the economy, revising and modernising its procedures, in order to ensure regional and international efficiency and competitiveness. The main purpose of the forum was to make British business people aware of the advantages of increased investment in Angola, in view of the many business opportunities the country offers in the areas of minerals, oil, agriculture, services, infrastructure development, road building, bridges, railways, electricity, water and sanitation. New opportunities are also arising in respect of natural resources, including the exploration of gas and hydrocarbons. The forum was attended by officials and the representatives of 65 British companies and 15 Portuguese ones, as well as business people from Angola, Portugal and Mozambique, with special mention of the presence of Álvaro Santos Pereira, Portugal s Minister of the Economy and Employment. Angola was represented by diplomats from its Embassy in the United Kingdom and a senior ANIP representative, who spoke of the Angolan government s policies as reflected in the new Law on Private Investment. One of the speakers was Carlos dos Santos, the Mozambican High Commissioner in London, who gave a brief outline of the business opportunities and economic potential of his country. The participants decided to hold a similar seminar in Lisbon, on 10 and 11 April, to discuss Portugal s contribution as an essential aspect of re-launching British investment in Angola The British Minister said that Angola had great economic potential and sufficient natural resources to become an important partner for the international community and the United Kingdom in particular. Participants of the triangular economic fórum Angola, United Kingdom and Portugal, held in London

10 10 MAGAZINE OF THE EMBASSY OF ANGOLA N. 06 Importance of Angola s national symbols stressed in Manchester The Angolan Embassy in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland presented the booklet Know Angola s national symbols to the Angolan community resident in Manchester. Minister-Counsellor, Eduardo Neto Sangueve, with the Angolan children of Holy Name, primary school in the Diocese of Salford, Manchester

11 11 The ceremony took place at the Holy Name primary school in the diocese of Salford, where there are more than 32 primary and secondary Angolan students, an initiative of the Angolan Association in Greater Manchester (AAGM) in cooperation with the children s parents. Minister Counsellor Eduardo Neto Sangueve, representing Ambassador Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto, spoke of the importance of Angola s national symbols, their historical context and the attitude every citizen should have towards them. The Angolan diplomat described the national flag and its colours, the insignia and the national anthem of the Republic of Angola, while speaking of the need to encourage children to respect the national symbols, imbuing them with principles that give rise to patriotism. The name of the President of the Republic of Angola was not unknown to most of the Angolan children, because when the Minister Counsellor was about to mention it, the youngsters shouted José Eduardo dos Santos. Others did not know the complete name, but said dos Santos. The knowledge of the young students surprised the management of the school who, in addition to praising the diplomatic mission, encouraged it to have more such activities. Eduardo Sangueve explained that Angola s national flag should be seen as synthesising the historical process leading to independence. He said the national symbols represented the Angolan people s bravery and their integrity, identity and national sovereignty. The booklet is a practical educational guide for children and adolescents aimed at contributing to a greater knowledge and understanding of and respect for the symbols. In a guided visit of the Holy Name primary school in the Salford diocese, Eduardo Sangueve was told that the Angolan students had done outstanding work in class, with excellent marks and a sound knowledge of universal general culture The knowledge of the young students surprised the management of the school who, in addition to praising the diplomatic mission, encouraged it to have more such activities.

12 12 MAGAZINE OF THE EMBASSY OF ANGOLA N. 06 Sheffield University students informed about Angola s economic potential More than a hundred students at Britain s Sheffield University have learnt that Angola s economic potential is great and diversified and that it has earned the special attention of both national and foreign entrepreneurs. The information was given during a meeting organised by the university on the real economic potential of Angola and Nigeria, the major oil producers in Africa. Students of the University of Sheffield at the economic forum

13 13 The MA students were told that Angola has the biggest reserves of oil, liquefied natural gas and diamonds in Africa, as well as other mineral resources. Its maritime coast extends for 1,650 kilometres and there are important fish and crustacean species in its waters. The diplomat Eduardo Sangueve, who gave an account of Angola s economic potential, explained that in addition to oil, Angola has vast areas of fertile soil, an estimated 3.5 nillion hectares, and its climate is suitable for a large variety of tropical and semi-tropical crops. Its many water courses provide excellent irrigation possibilities and have a notable hydroelectric potential for extension also to the Southern African power grid. During his talk, the Minister Counsellor at the Angolan Embassy in London also referred to Angola s forestry resources and the eco-environmental and landscape features favouring tourism in Angola. According to the diplomat, all these factors are sufficiently attractive to awaken the interest of anyone wishing to contribute to its sustained development. In conclusion, he spoke of the growing capacity for hydroelectric energy in Angola, which could increase with the use of liquefied gas to produce derivatives and thermal energy. The building of the Capanda Dam in partnership with Brazilian and Russian operators, reflects the Angolan government s new policy. In this respect, the Sheffield University students were told that the Capanda Dam is part of a system of nine dams, including Cambambe, producing surplus power that could be exported to Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and other SADC countries, enabling Angola to become the hub of the Southern African power grid. By the end, the students received documentation about Angolan economy as well as ANIP information. It was also provided DVD s relating the economic and social development of the country Angola is one of the biggest oil producer in the African continent Partial view of Sheffield town, United Kingdom

14 14 Angola attends 110 th international meeting on coffee in London Participants of the 110th meeting of the International Coffee Conference

15 15 An Angolan delegation headed by João Ferreira, director-general of the National Coffee Institute, attended the 110th meeting of the International Coffee Council held in London from 4 to 8 March to review work done by the organisation in 2012 and prospects for steps to be taken in the next two years. During the four-day meeting the delegates discussed an International Coffee Organisation(ICO) report on the admission of new members, a report on accounts and the situation on the world coffee market. Participants focussed attention on the participation of member states in the 2007 International Coffee Agreement, the promotion and development of the world coffee market and the programme of activities for ICO statistics published in the monthly report on the coffee market in January 2013 indicate that exports of coffee beans amounted to 9.7 million sacks, 19.5 percent more than total exports last year. According to the ICO, the total output of exporting countries rose to 37.9 million sacks in the first four months of the coffee year, an increase of 15 percent over the same period the previous year. It further reports that there was a slight increase in production in the African continent, from 15.8 million sacks in 2010 to 16.1 million in Ethiopia and Uganda were the biggest African coffee producers. Ethiopian production amounted to 46.5 percent and Ugandan to 20.4 percent. The Republic of Angola has paid great attention to developing and re-launching coffee production in traditional cultivation areas, improving technical assistance to farmers and reviving marketing networks by establishing rural markets for the purchase and sale of coffee. The aim of the programme is to provide technical and institutional support for producers, so as to enable them, in the short run, to develop and re-launch coffee production, processing, marketing and exports. The Angolan delegation at this 110th meeting of the ICO included Embassy officials Diogo José Cristiano, First Secretary, and António Nascimento, Press Attaché, as well as the delegates from Cafangol E.P. and the National Coffee Institute coming under Angola s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development 1st Secretary, Diogo José Cristiano and João Cassule, of the Angolan National Coffee Institute

16 16 MAGAZINE OF THE EMBASSY OF ANGOLA N March International Women s Day

17 17 International Women s Day on 8 March symbolises the search for gender equality, political rights and empowerment for women. The establishment of International Women s Day was proposed by the German Clara Zetkin in 1910 at the 2nd International Congress of Socialist Women. After 1970, the date was associated with a fire in New York in which dozens of striking women were killed. It was also associated with a strike of women textile workers in Russia in 1917, which many regard as an inaugural event in the Soviet revolution. It was celebrated for the first time on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The day has been commemorated since then in many countries in the world, in recognition of the importance and contribution of women in society. A further aim of the day is to remind women s gains in the struggle against prejudice, whether racial, sexual, political, cultural, linguistic or economical. It is usual on that day to send women messages of encouragement and appreciation and paying tribute to them, as well as sending little surprises like flowers and other gifts. In addition to this important date, Angola also celebrates Angolan Women s Day in March. Indeed, 2nd March is the day dedicated to Angolan women and the celebrations takes place all over the country. The extent of illiteracy, the lack of equal employment opportunities and domestic violence are some of the problems Angolan women still face. Meanwhile, the Angolan government has been carrying out policies aimed at solving these issues Angolan women s commemorated the Angolan Women s Day as well as the International Women s Day, in London

18 18 MAGAZINE OF THE EMBASSY OF ANGOLA N. 06 The importance of the consulate in the life of the Angolan community abroad The consulate in any country plays a substantial role in the life of its citizens in the diaspora and, therefore, in the overall work of the diplomatic mission, owing to the specific nature of its activity, which is fundamentally geared to nationals abroad. In the United Kingdom, the Consular Sector of the Angolan Embassy is headed by First Secretary Delta Cadete, who replaces the diplomat Adriano João da Silva. The new head of the Consular Sector describes her new job as an interesting experience and a great responsibility, in view of the complexity and number of the Angolan community in the United Kingdom and Ireland, an estimated 25,000. According to the new official, the challenge in this new post is to respond efficiently to all the requests from people seeking consular services and complying with standards and rules established 1st Secretary, Delta Cadete, the new head of the consular sector

19 19 for the consulate. She said relations with the resident Angolan community were good and she wanted ever greater interaction. Apart from other duties, the Consular Sector of the Angolan Embassy in London has issued consular cards, registered births, provided notary services and carried out marriages. The weekly number of visas issued and other services varies between 200 and 300. Delta Cadete said she plans to strengthen ties with all members of the Angolan community living in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, so as to ensure that they are aware of the changes of every kind taking place in Angola Consular sector issued consular cards, births certificate, provided notary services and carried out marriages Apart from other duties, the Consular Sector of the Angolan Embassy in London has issued consular cards, registered births, provided notary services and carried out marriages. The weekly number of visas issued and other services varies between 200 and 300. Staff of the consular sector of the Embassy of Angola in London, United Kingdom

20 Comunidade Angola prepared to hold large sports events Angola is prepared to host international sports events like those of the African Handball Confederation (CAHB) and the International Handball Federation (IHF). This was stated by Mustafa Hassan, president of the IHF, during a recent visit to Angola. He said that owing to Angola s constant presence in the Olympic Games and world championships, the IHF will support the country through a programme that it will soon provide. The Angolan government aims to develop sport all over the country from 2017 to Angola has one of the best Handball National Team in Africa

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