16 October 2012

Angola: International Cooperation Should Focus On Economic Sector - Minister

Luanda — The Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Tuesday in Luanda said that the international cooperation should focus mainly on the economic sector, with a view to more investments leading to the creation of jobs in the country.

The minister was addressing the ceremony of presentation of the new secretaries of State recently nominated by the head of State.

According to Georges Chikoti, the Foreign Ministry must be in a position to assist the country's economic sector in order to attract more investments in Angola.

He appealed to all workers of his sector to continue working with strength and thus raise the prestige gained over the years.

"We have many challenges ahead in the years to come and we need to reflect on the action of the Ministry, in order to fulfil the recommendations of the MPLA, winner of the general election of August 31. Entering a much active period, we have to attend to the Angolan communities abroad, particularly those wishing to return home," said the minister.

The minister also stressed the need for various projects of cooperation with other countries, in order for Angola to show to the world the progresses attained.

Georges Chikoti expressed the certainty that the nomination of the secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ângela Bragança, together with her colleague, Manuel Augusto, will reinforce the team of workers to carry out a worth mentioning job.

The minister mentioned that the community of Angolan citizens living abroad is a concern for the country and announced a seminar soon to seek ways to convince them into returning home and make a contribution to the national reconstruction.

"We have about 190,000 Angolans in neighbouring countries, a good part of whom would like to return in the ambit of the voluntary repatriation which we had to suspend due to the election of August 31," the minister also stated.

According to him, the Foreign Ministry is negotiating with the neighbouring countries for a moratoria for all Angolan citizens who lost the refugee status, thus enabling the Angolan authorities to organise conditions for their voluntary return.

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