Angola: Minister of State, UNDP Address Social Programmes

Luanda — Minister of State for the Social Area Carolina Cerqueira discussed Wednesday with the representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Edo Stock, the support of that United Nations institution to ongoing social actions in the country in the current context of Covid-19.

In addition to the National Development Programme (PDN 2018-2020), the two entities, who discussed via video conference the mapping of ongoing social programmes, multidimensional poverty, the women empowerment and the informality of the economy.

The also analysed the state of preparation of the Angola report on the application of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which should reflect the progress in the field of socio-economic development, with stressed to human development.

Regarding the informal sector, the head of UNDP provided the institution's support to help improve the professional skills of women in the informal sector, taking into account their role as agents of community development.

As for gender-sensitive budget, one of the actions included in the women's empowerment programme, Carolina Cerqueira said that the Revised OGE 2020 had a considerable increase for social sector programmes, especially in the maternal and child domain and in the education of minors as well as for social assistance programs for at-risk and vulnerable populations.

According to the minister, in this area, the Revised State Budget also takes into account the actions of assistance to the most vulnerable groups, proof of the Executive's action in favor of the most needy populations, in combating inequalities and regional asymmetries, most evident in the current situation of Pandemic that the country faces.

Regarding the informality of the economy and the transformation of rural products, the minister stressed that the organisation of markets, the improvement of basic sanitation and the value chain in the transformation and trade of agricultural products can constitute a basis for the economic and social sustainability of families and contribute to poverty reduction in rural and suburban communities, as well as the need to increase adult literacy.

The resumption of classes was also addressed, taking into account the recent appeal by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on the need for governments to create the ideal conditions for the return of students to schools.

In this regard, the minister clarified that the Executive is sensitive to the concerns of families and the expectations of children to resume school, ensuring that efforts continue to be made so that the conditions of biosafety and protection allow the resumption as quickly as possible of the academic year.

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