Angola: Parliament Identifies New Areas for Cooperation With Japan

Luanda – Angola and Japan have over the last few days worked on the identification of new areas in which to reinforce existing bilateral cooperation.

This was said Saturday in Luanda by the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament) speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

The head of the Angolan Parliament was speaking to journalists at “4 de Fevereiro” International Airport on arrival from Japan, following a five-day official visit.

During his visit, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos met with the heads of the Chamber of Representatives and of the Chamber of Councillors.

“We analysed the state of our cooperation and decided to work to achieve a formal inter-parliamentary written cooperation accord and I have formally invited the head of the Chamber of Representatives to visit our country soon,” said Fernando Dias dos Santos.

According to Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, a Japanese parliamentary delegation and another of businesspeople are expected soon in Angola to identify new areas for cooperation.

The Angolan speaker mentioned education, health, industry, agriculture, energy, manufacturing and extractive industries as the top areas to be considered.

He announced that Angolan MPs will be visiting Japan in coming days, while Japanese colleagues will be coming to Angola.

While in Japan, the National Assembly speaker met with the local prime minister, Shinzo Abe, with whom he discussed the state of bilateral cooperation.

He was also received by the Japan emperor, Akihito, met with local businesspeople and visited sites of social, economic and historical interests in the Asian country.

Angola and Japan enjoy diplomatic relations since 1976, but exchange of high level visits only started late in the 1980’s.

Source :All Africa