Luanda — At least USD sixty million is the amount that the National Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics (INAMET) expects to spend in the first phase of its modernization and transformation, which has been ongoing for more than a year, said Thursday the minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José Carvalho da Rocha.
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Vice-president of Republic, Bornito de Sousa, visits INAMET
Luanda - At least USD sixty million is the amount that the National Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics (INAMET) expects to spend in the first phase of its modernization and transformation, which has been ongoing for more than a year, said Thursday the minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José Carvalho da Rocha.
According to the Minister Rocha, who was speaking to the press, at the end of a working visit of the Vice-President of the Republic, Bornito de Sousa, to INAMET, these amounts ??are being channeled, especially in the training of cadres, with the support of the Faculty of Sciences, of Agostinho Neto University, where the Geophysics Course was created, with a specialization in Meteorology.
Minister Rocha said that at the beginning of the first phase, a strategic plan was submitted to different governmental bodies, which made the money available and then a credible partner was found, in this case "Meteo France International", which has supported the process.
He explained that the institution's main objective is to be 100 percent fit to become a body that supports "effectively the country's development".
"This is our biggest goal, so we are working, training human resources at different levels and bringing the technology that will facilitate service delivery," he said.
Regarding the second and last phase, without giving any dates and funds, José Carvalho da Rocha said that at the end of the first phase a thorough assessment will be made and the process of recovery of the country's meteorological network, which in the past was about 300, will be carried out, but today it has only one third of this number, or one hundred.
In his working visit to INAMET for a few hours, the Vice-President of the Republic, who did not make any statements to the press, noted the institute's activity and readiness to forecast geophysical meteorological phenomena.
Bornito de Sousa got in touch with the works of future meteorological programming, meteorology and calibration emission centers, as well as visited the Weather and Aeronautics Center at 4 de Fevereiro International Airport.
INAMET, under the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, aims to contribute to the protection of lives and property and to support the sustainable development of the country through reliable meteorological and geophysical information.