18 July 2012

Angola: Official Announces Construction of About 12,000 Km of Asphalt Roads

Luanda — The ruling MPLA party, under its governance programme has repaired and built so far about 12,000 km of asphalt roads, aimed at facilitating the free movement of people and goods..

This was announced Wednesday in Luanda by the party's Politburo secretary for economic affairs, Manuel Nunes Júnior at the meeting aimed at presenting the Governance Programme for the 2012-2017 period and its Election Manifesto, presided over by the President José Eduardo dos Santos.

Manuel Nunes Júnior stressed that over 80 percent of the capitals of the provinces are self-connected through the roads.

"The movement of people has become so much easier, more efficient, faster and above all safer," said the official.

In his speech, the official explained that with these achievements, the transaction costs related to the economic activity in the country tend to fall, with positive implications at the levels of productivity and competitiveness of national economy.

On the other hand, he spoke of the conclusion of Luanda railway, as well as Lobito-Bié section of Benguela railway, expected to operate this year until to Moxico.

Manuel Nunes Júnior said the ruling party also focussed on rehabilitation and modernisation of airports in Luanda, Cabinda, Catumbela, Malanje, Ondjiva, Lubango, Huambo, Benguela and Ndalatando.

Rehabilitation of railways of Saurimo, Luena and Kuito, was also stressed by the MPLA official, while the repair of others like those in Soyo, Dundo, Saurimo and Luena are in progress.

He also announced the inauguration this year of the first phase of the new international airport of Luanda.

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