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Angola Seeking German Technology in Energy Sector

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Angolan Head of State João Lourenço has expressed the country’s interest in receiving funding and technology from Germany to support for hydroelectric power stations in Caculo-Cabaça and Zenzo in northern Cuanza Norte province, as well as the construction and modernisation of electricity substations and distribution networks in south-west Namibe province.

João Lourenço was speaking Wednesday at the Angola – Germany Business Forum taking place in Berlin, as part of the first official visit to Germany since Tuesday (21).

According to the statesman, there is a growing interest by German companies to participate in the areas of construction, energy and water, inspection of works and equipment supply.

He said this interest is evident in the successful participation of German companies in production projects of energy in Angola.

As example, the president mentioned the supply of electromechanical equipment to the Cambambe dam (Cuanza Norte) and the monitoring of Lauca dam ( Malanje).
João Lourenço referred to the various legal instruments as having been signed, aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

The agreements include those of Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments, the Joint Declaration of Intentions, the constitution of the Angola-Germany Bilateral Commission, the Angolan-German Consultative Group on economic issues.

Debate are focused on Convention for the Prevention of Double Taxation and Fiscal Evasion.

This include agreements and memoranda in the areas of health, finance, air transport, visa waiver in diplomatic and service passports, agriculture and forestry.

João Lourenço ends his official visit to Germany Thursday (23).

Angola and Germany established diplomatic relations in 1979, with highlight to the official visit of the former Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos to Germany in 2009, at the head of a high profile ministerial delegation.

In turn, the Chancellor Angela Merkel reciprocated the visit to Angola in 2011.

The visit allowed the two countries to sign a Memorandum of Understanding providing for the deepening of bilateral dialogue and the creation of the Angola – Germany Bilateral Commission.

The countries held two sessions of the Bilateral Commission, with the first in 2012 in Berlin and the second in 2016 in Luanda.

Cooperation relations between Angola and Germany gained a new momentum at the 1st session of the bilateral commission held in 2012, in Berlin, Germany.

The event was co-chaired by the Secretary of State for Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs Emily Haber, and then Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Manuel Augusto.

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