Angola: Country Experiences Historic and Special Moment - President

The President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, said on Thursday in Luanda that Angola is experiencing a historic and special moment because it gathers essential conditions to develop and resolve the economic and social problems, thus turning the country into a reference in Africa and world.

The Angolan Head of State said so in his message presented in the year-end greeting ceremony.

"It's up to us, politicians, clerics, civic leaders, businesspeople and heads of cultural associations to channel the generous energy of all our people for the construction of a modern, democratic and prosperous Angola, basing the values of work, freedom, justice, peace, mutual respect and fraternity", said José Eduardo dos Santos.

In this regard, the Angolan Head of State recalled that it has already been submitted to the National Assembly the drafts of National Plan and State Budget for 2013, so as to comply with referred promises and resolution of the main national problems.

He reaffirmed the guideline so as to prioritize action that aims to obtain a rising betterment of the Angolans' living conditions, justifying for this effect that in the 2013 State Budget, the social sector will be entitled a third of the expected amount.

According to him, it was defined policies for training, capacity building and valorization of the capital human because a capital human of excellence is indispensable for leap that Angola wants to take.

The Angolan Statesman was initially greeted by the vice president, Manuel Vicente, followed by the speaker of the National Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

José Eduardo dos Santos, flanked by the first lady, Ana Paula dos Santos, was also greeted by the chiefs of Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and Audit Court Cristiano André, Rui Ferreira and Julião António, respectively.

MPs, ministers, members of the civil society, former combatants and magistrates and others also participated at the year-end greeting ceremony.

The agenda includes a speech to the Nation by the head of State, preceded by the vice president's speech, on behalf of the Angolan people.

The last part of the ceremony includes dinner, music and cultural show.

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