Angola: Development Challenges in the Country Addressed With UN Envoy

Luanda — The vice president, Manuel Domingos Vicente, Friday discussed with the resident coordinator of the UN system, Maria Valle Ribeiro, issues of partnership for development challenges, particularly human in Angola.

The UN official was speaking at the end of an audience granted to him at Cidade Alta.

The representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that she was ensured the priorities of the Executive such as poverty reduction, strengthening the economy in order to benefit small and medium enterprises, improving conditions in rural areas and reduce disparities between locations.

In the social sector, they spoke of the enhancement of quality of service and monitoring of development programme in Angola, which contemplates, at the medium term, a sustainable set of answers to the issues of poverty.

She stressed that the human development index shows improvements compared to 10 and 15 years, with the increase in life expectancy to 51 years, and was a high rate of education, and reducing child mortality, although this area still deserves some attention.

Concerning the millennium development goals, she said Angola is in some aspects in the right way, and others will have sustained improvements.

She believes that the new government program that is being defined will take into account the need to accelerate efforts in relation to maternal health, reducing child mortality and improving nutritional institute.

She still expects the ongoing effort in relation to HIV/AIDS, keeping the low prevalence rate, and there can be eliminated the transmission of this disease from mother to children.

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