Angola: Energy Minister Hails International Cooperation

Luanda — The institutional cooperation that the Ministry of Energy and Water (Minea) had in 2013 with countries and institutions was satisfactory and useful for the development of the sector, said on Tuesday, in Luanda the incumbent minister, João Baptista Borges.

Speaking to Angop, the government official highlighted the effects of the sector in 2013, adding that Minea signed various agreements of cooperation with several international institutions and countries, particularly with Portuguese-speaking Countries due to easy way of communication.

From this interchange, he stressed, Minea has benefited from exchange of experience, technical assistance and training and capacity building for its technicians.

"For example, with Cuba, we currently have broadened technical assistance in domain of energy and water sector. There are Cuban experts training our staff and developing tasks in technical area. We also have good cooperation with Brazil, Norway, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Russia" He said.

According to the minister, Minea intends to intensify the relations of cooperation with African countries, like Mozambique, Namibia and Cabo Verde, due to the experiences, and similar realities with Angola.

"It is also important to learn experiences and realities quite similar to ours. I am speaking about Mozambique, Cabo Verde and Namibia with whom we share water resources", he said.

The official said that the cooperation among African countries is also made through institutions that Angola makes part like Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Association of African Producers and Distributors of Energy, including EDEL and ENE.

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