20 November 2012

Angola: Technical, Vocational Training Is Government's Top Priority - Minister

Luanda — The Angolan minister of Geology and Mining, Francisco Monteiro Queiroz, Tuesday reaffirmed the Government's commitment to technical and vocational training to better exploit the country's resources.

The minister said this to the press on the sidelines of the XI Geochemistry Congress of the Portuguese Speaking Countries, held in Luanda.

According to him, the country's resources will be of no use without human capital to extract them from the soil.

He added that "if man is not prepared to conveniently explore the land the consequences could be disastrous for the future generations."

Speaking on the Geochemistry Congress, the official considered it of the utmost importance to the interest of sustainable mining.

He said that the meeting comes at a time "we are preparing ourselves to conduct a geophysical survey across the country."

The minister added that the documents produced here will help treat and better understand the impact of this task.

This survey, he said, will start in the first quarter of 2013, through an aerial and ground process, in order to identify abnormalities and conduct studies to determine the chemical composition of the resources.

The event is being attended by delegations from Angola, Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde and Italy.

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