26 February 2013

Angola: Minister Defends Densification of Territory Planning

Luanda — The Angolan minister of Urbanisation and Housing, José Silva, Monday in Luanda defended the densification of the country's territory planning in its various dimensions, natures and typologies.

The minister was speaking at the opening of the first seminar on upgrading on Urbanisation, Cartography, Geodesy and Horizontal Property.

On the occasion, minister José Silva admitted the urgent need for the densification of the territory planning and operationalisation of its implementation.

"We day by day feel the damaging effects of a timely absence of territory planning, especially translated in the disorderly occupation of urban expansions that have been noted, mainly in the coastal cities, with the emergence un-infrastructured house compounds," said the official.

He said that this aim of densification of the territory planning implies, the reinforcement of the technical upgrading of the public and private agents involved in the processes of elaboration, follow-up, approval and execution of the plans.

To him, the housing sector is concerned about the procedures of the general licensing, particularly with the appraisal of the legislation, implementation of current practices like the horisontal property and their registration, with a view to accelerating the process of regularisation of fractions of housing, commerce and services, with the ownership of the estate property representing a citizen's right.

The source added that during four days, the participants will focus on matters concerning the regulation in force in terms of housing in the perspective of the social equity, aiming at a fresh regulation.

The meeting is set to tackle such topics as urban legislation, instruments of arrangement and management of territory, national system of territory information and other matters that are currently a concern in the successful accomplishment of the Government programme concerning urbanisation and housing.

The event's opening ceremony was attended by the secretaries of State for Housing and urbanisation, Joaquim Silvestre and Clemente Júnior, respectively, national and provincial directors, deputy provincial governors and other technicians.

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