31 January 2012

Angola: President of Sao Tome Optimistic About Angola's Development

Luanda — The president of Sao Tome and Principe, Manuel Pinto da Costa, stressed Tuesday in Luanda the remarkable progress that Angola has been experiencing in the path of prosperity for all citizens.

Addressing a solemn session of the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament), the head of State of Sao Tome said that the Angolan people, who have achieved peace against all types of hindrances, will achieve development.

He recalled that the relations between Angola and Sao Tome date back to the period prior to the independences and forged both people in the same culture, principles and values that make both peoples friends and brothers.

Speaking of the world economic and financial crisis, the president noted that there are countries that were doing their homework in a consistent and structured manner.

He said that the world is now a multi-polar reality and the human, technological and financial potentials are increasingly based on areas so far less reported.

"It is necessary to adapt the international community to this new reality, we join all those who strive for a reform of the United Nations system which reflects the new order dictated according to the emergence of a set of countries, which judging by the political and economic influence they enjoy, must have a more resounding voice at the UN Security Council," said the Statesman.

In his view, this crisis allows to have a perception that all international aid system should be thought over again in order to break the hell cycle of dependence, which creates debt without development, caused by the imbalances still existing in the system of international exchange.

To this purpose, Manuel Pinto da Costa said each State, and in particular the least developed, should get organised internally in order to efficiently manage the existing resources.

Manuel Pinto da Costa started Monday a three-day visit to Angola in the framework of the effort to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

According to his programme, the president of Sao Tome visited Tuesday morning the Kilamba town, before attending a solemn session of the National Assembly where he delivered a speech.

Tuesday's programme includes meeting with the president of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, at Luanda's Presidential Palace, where the two delegations will start official talks, followed by a lunch.

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