ANGOP - Angola Press News AgencyANGOP - Angola Press News Agency

Go to homepage
Luanda

Max:

Min:

Home » News » Economy

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:57 - Updated Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:57

Namibia reaffirms interest in connecting to Angola by rail

Lubango - The Namibian ambassador to Angola, Patrick Nandango, reaffirmed last Thursday in Lubango City, southern Huila Province, the interest to expand the rail links of both countries through Tchamutete, Municipality of Jamba (Huila) to the Santa Clara border, with a view to boosting commercial exchange.

Send by email

To share this news by email, fill out the information below and click Send

Correct

To report errors in the texts of articles published, fill out the information below and click Send

Namibian ambassador to angola, Patrick Nandago

Photo: José Filipe

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting held with the governor of the Province of Huila, Luís Nunes, the Namibian diplomat said that his country's railway reaches Santa Clara, so Angola needs to make efforts to make its railway go up to the border.

He said that several products from Namibia arrive in Angola by road and this has often been one of the factors contributing to poor road maintenance, so rail should be the main route for transporting products, plus the alternative roads.

He said every effort is being made to finalize the project, so in the coming days the Namibian minister of Transport is to make a visit to his Angolan counterpart to discuss the finalization of the extension of the Tchamutete railway line to Santa Clara.

The ambassador also expressed his country's interest in exporting to Angola reproduction cattle and meat, adding that a Namibian team was in the country to finalize the agreement and help Angolan breeders to increase their livestock capacity.

Patrick Nandago also pointed out that they have a cooperation agreement between both ministries of education, which includes sending Angolan teachers to Namibia to teach Portuguese, as their country has Portuguese as a second language.

He noted that there are close to 40 cooperation agreements signed between the two countries in the sectors of agriculture, industry, trade, education, health, tourism, among others, some are active and others pending, awaiting a reactivation.

Namibian entrepreneurs, he said, are ready to come to invest with financial capital and know-how, especially in the agricultural sector, hence the need to create an environment for business to flow.

On his turn, the governor of Huila Province, Luís Nunes, stressed that his executive is working to attract private investment, both domestic and foreign, aimed to solve the problem of unemployment in the province, hence the holding of the “Invest Huila” fair.

"We know there is a strong desire from the Namibian business class to invest in Angola, particularly in Huila. We are counting on that," he added.

The two states share a land border of 1,376 kilometres and, since 2007, the movement of citizens of both countries in this area has been partially free of barriers.

Read also
  • 09/10/2019 19:16:19

    Minister encourages valorisation of tourism resources

    Lubango - The Angolan Tourism Minister, Angela Bragança, encouraged on Wednesday, in Lubango, tour operators to create means to enhance the existing tourism potential in the province.

  • 07/10/2019 12:46:43

    Huila: Okavango administration bets on land borders

    Lubango: In partnership with the Migration and Foreigners Service (SME), the administration of the touristic zone of Okavango will officially announce the implementation of land borders in the areas of Dirico, Mucusso, Buabuata and Bico, in order to boost economic diversification and tourism growth in the region.

  • 01/10/2019 08:32:25

    Huila Province prepares first tourism fair

    Lubango - The southern Huila Province is preparing to organise for the first time a tourism fair, set to happen on 16 to 20 October this year, as part of a local programme aimed at attracting investments, dubbed "Invest Huíla".