16 November 2012

Angola: Ambassador Marcos Barrica Highlights 'Social Justice' Components

Luanda — The Angolan ambassador to Portugal, José Marcos Barrica, praised Thursday in Lisbon the "social justice" component of the governance programme of the Angolan executive, for "encompassing a strong motivation for social justice and human development".

Speaking at the official reception ceremony as part of the celebrations of Angola's 37th independence anniversary, Marcos Barrica said that the date "happens in a special year for the country, since it marked the end of a transition period, completing the first decade since achievement of peace and national reconciliation.

Before members of Parliament and members of the Portuguese government, as well as ambassadors and members of diplomatic corps accredited in Portugal, Marcos Barrica pointed priorities of the government programme, which aims at "maintaining political stability through the promotion, defence and consolidation of peace and strengthening of democracy. "

In the economic domain, Marcos Barrica also praised the strategy of diversification of the national production base, focusing on the non-oil sector.

Speaking about the creation of more jobs, especially for young people, and the increase of household incomes, the ambassador stressed policies fostering and encouraging micro, small and medium enterprises, justified by the fact that the" Angolan market offers huge opportunities. "

From the government programme, the diplomat also stressed the strengthening of dialogue with civil society, "with the purpose of their collaboration with the development of all national development policies and strategies for their implementation."

In foreign policy, he mentioned the purpose of the Angolan government to "continue to promote the country and the African continent to a position of sovereign equality in the international sphere".

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