24 February 2013

Angola: Territorial Administration Minister Says There Is Still Much to Be Done

Wako Kungo — The Angolan minister of Territory Administration, Bornito de Sousa, acknowledged (Saturday) in the city of Wako Kungo, Kwanza Sul province, that despite the integrated programs to combat poverty are yielding results, much remains to be do.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the fourth national meeting of assessment and planning of programs to fight hunger and poverty, Bornito de Sousa considered it necessary to develop the municipalities so there is improvement in the living quality of people, especially in rural areas.

"Life takes place in the districts, so each manager must be the driver of its location, presenting programs that will reflect on the lives of communities," he said.

He added that the fight against hunger and the reduction and eradication of poverty are one of the biggest challenges facing the Angolan state, which is key factor for building a prosperous society and social justice.

He noted that these two problems are being addressed in the implementation of macroeconomic policy and under a stronger administrative decentralization and specifically linked to the sites where they are concentrated pockets of poverty.

To this, he added, it is necessary that the country achieves overall stability in various fields that contribute to socioeconomic development.

The minister said that local governments should promote the diversification of the economy, as the country cannot depend only on oil.

"We have to increase production in the field of agro-industry and other products that can facilitate the collection of revenue for the state coffers," said Bornito de Sousa.

Attending the event were minister of Family and Women Promotion, Filomena Delgado, Minister of Health, José Van-Dúnem, Secretaries of State for Health, José Masseca, for Education, Ana Paula Inês and Agriculture, Amaro Tati, national directors, vice-governors for the economic area, district administrators and directors of GEPE and guests.

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