1 August 2013

Angola: Power Sector Restructuring Programme Underway

Cela — The Ministry of Energy and Water, (MINEA) is implementing a nationwide restructuring programme aiming at improving the quality of public services, Angop learned Thursday.

The information was released in Cela city, municipality of Waku Kungo, central Kwanza Sul province, by the incumbent minister, João Baptista Borges.

The minister was opening the 3rd MINEA Broad Consultative Council going until Friday in Waku Kungo.

On the occasion, the official stressed that the restructuring project is intended to improve the public service and thus contribute to the social wellbeing of the population and the country's sustainable economic development.

Minister João Borges recalled that on July 12 this year, the Cabinet Council approved the Electric Sector Transformation Programme (PTSE), designed to establish and implement a new institutional framework, through the merger and split of the current assets of the companies of the sector.

The programme, the minister said, envisages the creation of three new companies, each of which to deal in the production, transportation and distribution of electricity around the country and reinforcement of the capacity of the Electric Sector Regulating Institute (IRSE).

The minister explained that the third phase of the PTSE will start in 2014, going until late in the 2016, with the effective establishment of the companies around the country, with stress to the new distributor that is seen as a key element in sustaining the sector.

João Baptista Borges said the ongoing 3rd Consultative Council will review the activities planned by MINEA, create or strengthen the premises for the attainment of the goals set by the Executive, with a view to improving the public service, economic development and social wellbeing of the people.

The Broad Consultative Council of the Ministry of Energy and Water is being attended by the secretaries of State for Energy and Water, Joaquim Ventura and Luís Filipe da Silva, respectively, national directors and other senior officials of the sector.

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