LUANDA– Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister Manuel Augusto has announced the adoption of regional coverage mostly in line with national objectives and interests and capable of ensuring the promotion of a positive image of Angola and increasing the prestige gained in the international area.

Addressing the VIIth Consultative Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here Monday, he also disclosed that the Ministry would carry out a process of redistribution of certain diplomatic and consular missions, based on objective analyses, to correct the current geopolitical and geo-strategic imbalances.

According to the Minister, despite the financial difficulties Angola is currently experiencing, it is necessary to make an effort to achieve the national goals for external relations.

The success of Angolan economic diplomacy will depend to a large extent on the internal creation of conditions in the areas of energy and water, basic sanitation, de-bureaucratization in the public administration, improvement in the justice sector, banking and finance, as well as the repatriation of capital and dividends from abroad.

Guaranteeing these conditions, among others, will allow the country to attract foreign investments that will contribute to the process of diversification and development of the economy, having as its strategic objective the industrialization of Angola, he added.

He said in the specific issue of reducing bureaucracy, the internal reform process should pay more attention to the issue of staff training, the abolition and facilitation of visas for businessmen, and the granting of tourism visas to foreigners to visit Angola.

The two-day meeting will see senior Angolan officials discussing issues such as Angola’s economic diplomacy, geopolitics and regional coverage, reform plan and a new vision for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others.

Meanwhile, the Minister also announced that Angola will close four of its embassies — in Mexico, Greece, Canada and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries, which is located in Portugal — as well as the consulates in Durban (South Africa), Frankfurt (Germany) California (US), in Faro (Portugal).

He also disclosed that Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa would visit Angola next week to discuss bilateral co-operation.