Angola and Norway Revitalise Co-Operation in Blue Economy Domain

Luanda — Angola intends to establish a solid partnership with the Norwegian government with a view to creating a national strategy for the exploration of marine products, announced last Monday, in Luanda, the Angolan Fisheries and Sea minister, Victória de Barros Neto.

The co-operation with Norway is fundamental to Angola, since the Nordic country has a vast experience in the sectors of fisheries and crude-oil exploration, emphasised the minister on the fringes of the meeting she had with the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg.

Victória de Barros Neto seized the occasion to announce that a vessel for marine research activities, built in Holland, is to arrive in the country in the next few weeks.

In 2007, the Angolan authorities received a vessel from Norway, named Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, whose crew carried out a research activity on the Angolan coast from September to November that year.

"We're going to explore the maritime coast with responsibility, so that the coming generations can make good use of its resources, with a view to developing, in a sustainable manner, the Blue Economy", said the Angolan minister.

She then assured that Angola and Norway will continue to strengthen the co-operation in this domain, so that in 2019 a new project in the area of fisheries research and management can be placed on the agenda.

Besides fisheries, the two countries have co-operation agreements in the sectors of crude-oil, renewable energies and human rights.

Angola is Norway's main economic partner in Africa, as confirmed by the Norwegian Prime Minister during her 24-hour visit to Angola.

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