8 February 2013

Angola: Swiss Minister Manifests Interest in Economic Co-Operation

Saurimo — The Swiss minister of Justice and Police, Simoneta Summaruga, last Wednesday in Saurimo City, eastern Lunda-Sul Province, her country's interest in having an economic co-operation with Angola in the diamonds sector.

The Swiss official gave this information after a meeting with the province's governor, Cândida Narciso.

Simoneta Summaruga said that she went to Lunda Sul to learn on the spot of the potential of the Catoca mining company and check whether her country can set up in this province firms that can contribute to the region's socioeconomic development.

She stressed that on the basis of the partnership that has been recently signed with Angola, her country can keep a close collaboration with the province, in actions like fight against immigration and illegal exploration of diamonds by foreigners.

In the meeting with the local executive, the Swiss government official was informed, by the provincial governor, about the socioeconomic and cultural situation of Lunda-Sul and the diamonds exploration activity.

On the visit that she paid to Catoca, Simoneta Summaruga checked the mine field, the high technology used in the exploration activity and the results being obtained by the company.

In the end of the visit, the governor offered the minister some craft items that identify the Lunda-Tchokwe culture.

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