The Herald (Harare)

Angola: Neto - Angola Supports Regional Integration

Angolan Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Pedro Hendrik Vaal Neto, has stressed his country's commitment to integration in the Sadc region through increased investment in transport and communication. Ambassador Neto said this at a ceremony to mark his country's 37th independence anniversary held in Harare last Friday.

"Angola is willing to participate in the integration of the Sadc region with the construction of thousands of bridges and roads. One can now travel by tarred road from Harare to Luanda from Johannesburg to other remote parts in our country," he said.

"There are now air links between Luanda, Johannesburg, Maputo, Lusaka, Windhoek and Harare.

"This means we are building new communication links that will bring the Atlantic and Indian Ocean closer together and facilitate movement of not only people but also goods and services."

The Angolan ambassador also commended President Mugabe for his support to the Angolan people in rebuilding their country.

Ambassador Neto said Angola was pursuing programmes to uplift its people as espoused in a blueprint -- Angola 2025 -- adopted by political parties and civic groups in the country in 2008.

"This programme has been successfully implemented since 2008 when a multi-party conference where all Angolans were represented agreed on the national agenda," he said.

Ambassador Neto said Angola was committed to democracy and the rule of law as shown by the conduct of a free and fair election this year where the incumbent President Jose Eduardo dos Santos won with a landslide.

Angola won its independence from Portugal in 1975 from Portugal and had to battle Western supported insurgents led by Unita's Jonas Savimbi until their defeat in 2002.

Since then Angola has become one of Africa's fastest growing economies.

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