15 November 2016

Angola: Parliament Speaker Emphasises Stability in Angola

Harare — The chairman of the SADC Parliamentary Forum and Speaker of the Angolan Parliament, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, said last Monday in Harare, Zimbabwe, that the situation in Angola is stable and there is an effort by the Angolan Executive to overcome the economic crisis in a secure and smooth manner.

Speaking at a meeting with the Angolan community in Harare, on the fringes of his participation in the 40th Plenary Assembly Session of the Southern Africa Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF), Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos said Angola cannot continue to depend exclusively on crude-oil.

He reminded that crude-oil is a non-renewable source of wealth, therefore, Angolan must prepare their future.

"We have been taking important steps towards the diversification of the economy with results already visible. We'll be happy if the price of oil goes up, but we are definitely sure that our future does not depend solely on crude-oil", he explained.

He went on to say that the country has water, arable land and many other riches in its soil, so its citizens have real reasons to be confident about the future.

Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos also explained the reason why he is in Harare, the topics and results of the forum he attended, which culminated with the election of Angola to the post of chair of the SADC Parliamentary Forum for the next two years.

He said the meeting discussed pertinent issues like the situation of stateless persons, the SADC Model Law on Premature Marriage, and the election of the SADC-PF chair.

"Our delegation did a great work of promotion and defence of our leadership proposal and, fortunately, we managed to get Angola elected by unanimity", he revealed.

He then stressed that "now we need to work", adding that Angolans are used to facing and overcoming challenges.

"We'll do all we can to honour the country and dignify our traditions", he assured.

Angola

President of Republic Leaves for Cabo Verde

The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, left early this morning to Sal Island, Cabo Verde to… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2016 Angola Press Agency. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.