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Government works on immediate implementation of PAPE

Luanda – The Angolan Government is working to implement immediately the Action Plan for Promotion of Employability (PAPE), said last Monday, in Luanda, the minister of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, Teresa Rodrigues Dias.

The minister referred that the PAPE, defined and approved by the President of the Republic, is being realigned according to the financial availability of the General State Budget (OGE), in order to function properly in the shortest time.

Speaking to the press, at the end of a working and assessment  visit to the provincial services of the National Institute of Employment and Professional Training of Luanda (Inefop) and the Business Incubator, Teresa Dias stressed the existence of financial and material constraints, which should be exceeded with the resources of the Employability Program.

She said that the sector will bet on improving the training centers that the structures need for proper alignment with the needs of the entrepreneurs.

“To see whether or not our centers are able to carry out the program, we also visited the business incubator, where the projects are aligned and worked on so that we can then create more jobs,”she said.

The Minister added that the objective is to have direct contact with the physical structures, to know the constraints and difficulties of the administrative agents, in order to realign and correspond to the expectations with regard to employability.

She also stressed that the Government ‘s bet, in recent years, has been to increase the number of employees. ”However, we had a condition that has led us to lose jobs. Even so, we cannot cross our arms ”, said Teresa Rodrigues Dias.

The official visited the provincial services of Inefop, the General Labor Inspectorate, the Business Incubator, the Multipurpose Professional Training Center and the Training Center for Trainers.

PAPE’s objective is to increase the institutional capacity of vocational and employment training centers, both public and private, to improve their organization and functioning and the quality of the training offer, as well as the extension of the network of training and employment units.

PAPE emerged to foster and support the entrepreneurial spirit of initiative, fundamentally, of young people and women, to value the exercise of professions, through the attribution of professional portfolios and to give trainees the opportunity to graduate.

It is a program that aims to reduce the unemployment rate, fight poverty and vulnerability, as well as grow the economy, making Angola a better country and with a more hopeful future.

The project, valued at 21 billion Kwanzas, was created to create more than 250 thousand jobs by 2021, promoting the formalization of small businesses, converting the informal economy and contributing to the increase of family income and the reduction of poverty in the country .

 

 

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency

 

 

Productive capacity must be efficient – minister

Luanda – The increase in national productive capacity implies an efficient and more intensive application of capital in the essential sectors of transport and logistics, both in distribution and storage, considered the minister of Industry and Commerce, Victor Fernandes.

According to the minister – who was speaking in Luanda, at the meeting of the Steering Committee of the ACOM Project (Support for Trade) – this is currently one of the biggest challenges faced by national producers and industries that must be fed by locally produced goods.

He said that the ACOM Project supports Angola’s efforts to diversify the economy, mainly with technical assistance and specialized studies to strengthen the country’s endeavour to adequately participate in the regional and continental economic integration process and promote non-oil exports.

The referred project, signed in 2014 under the Financing Convention between Angola and the European Union to support the trade sector and launched in 2016, has a time-span of four years and funds amounting to 12 million euros, he explained.

The minister recalled that the Executive has launched a vast programme of political, economic and social reforms to improve the business environment, simplify and reduce bureaucracy in procedures related to imports and exports, as well as to attract private investment.

He noted that, with the approval of these new laws, the government intends to quickly boost trade and development in the country through the initiative and leadership of the private sector.

Angola and EU

Angola and the European Union (EU) are preparing to start negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement taking into account the economic and trade relations between the two partners, revealed minister Victor Fernandes.

This process will allow greater integration between the national Small and Medium Enterprises, with the large regional conglomerates, accessing a vibrant and competitive market from their integration in value chains, within the scope of the SADC industrialization process.

On the other hand, the EU ambassador to Angola, Tomas Ulicny, said that ACOM represents one of the supports of the European Bloc in the development of national capacities and in carrying out specialized studies in the trade sector.

The diplomat pointed out the promotion of investment, commercial diplomacy, the promotion of the private sector, commercial logistics, commercial defence and electronic commerce and their regulation as essential areas within the project.

Finally, he reiterated the European Commission’s willingness to contribute to the construction of an inter-sector, multilateral dialogue that involves several sectors, with emphasis on the private sector, the academicians and the civil society.

 

 

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency

 

 

UNITA urges greater attention to education

Luanda – Angola’s main opposition party (UNITA) Wednesday called on the government for the need to continue investing in the education sector, as well as to strengthen the allocation of the funds from General State Budget (GSB) to that sector.

According to the party’s MP, Raul Danda, who was speaking at a press conference to address the state of Education in Angola, the education sector is “the main pillar for any progress.

Raul Danda said that the ruling MPLA has conceived good plans in the field of Education and Teaching, “but fails to implement”.

He stated as an example, that the “constant forecasts in the different State Budgets place Angola among the African countries that allocate the lowest budget to Education and Health.

Danda argued that Southern African Development Community recommends allocating 20% of the State Budget to Education, but in the case of Angola, only 3.42% were allocated in 2018, 6.46% in 2019 and 4.52% in 2020.

“Let’s see how far we are from the 20% recommended”, expressed the MP, to whom the Health sector has also had low budgets.

The politician also addressed the issue of the return to school, saying that his party is in favour of reopening schools.

Meanwhile, he said that in UNITA’s view, such a step (reopening of classrooms) can only be taken if there is strict compliance with biosecurity measures and monitoring by the government.

UNITA is the largest opposition party in Angola, having been the main opponent of the ruling party in the 1992, 2008, 2012 and 2017 elections, all of which won by the ruling MPLA.

 

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency

 

Ethiopia: Angola, US discuss Covid-19 impact

Addis-Ababa- Angolan Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU) Francisco da Cruz, and the United States ambassador to the African Union Jessica Lapenn analysed Monday the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world and mainly in Africa.

Francisco da Cruz and Jessica discussed the African Union efforts to halt the pandemic, under the coordination of the Africa Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

They analysed  mainly the AU effort focused on mobilising the international assistance to support the State Members in Covid-19 combat.

Attended by the Angola Defence Attaché, Carlos dos Santos, and the Military Advisor to the United States Embassy at the African Union, Kack Kruse, the meeting also approached the situation related to peace and security in Africa.

The interlocutors expressed concern that the social and economic problems caused by Covid-19 pandemic increase terrorism in the continent, thus endangering African Union’s goals to silence the guns in Africa.

The African Union Summit held on February proposed by Angola Head of State João Lourenço, decided to organise an extraordinary summit to approach the challenges of terrorism and violent extremism, with a view to urgently taking the necessary measures to support countries facing the serious effects of terrorism.

On the occasion, the event requested the African Union Commission, which in coordination with the AU President, make necessary consultations to pave the way for the Extraordinary Assembly in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, or in another Member State.”

Francisco da Cruz, who is also Angolan ambassador to Ethiopia, and the US diplomat also spoke of the issues related to bilateral interest.

They discussed the AU institutional reform process and on the elections of the new African Union Commission, scheduled for February 2021.

Under the requested by the US ambassador, the meeting follows another one held in November 2019, in which the Angola Permanent Representative of Angola to the African Union assured that the Angolan Executive always supported the Peace and Security in Africa.

Angola presided the African Union Peace and Security Council in December 2019, whose the two-year term ended in March this year.

 

 

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency