Angolan Trade Minister, Fiel Domingos Constatino, has appealed to development partners and the United Nations Agencies to continue supporting Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the progress of upgrading their status.

The minister was delivering a speech at the ministerial meeting of LDCs, which took place here in preparation of the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, which ends July 22.

The minister reminded that last February, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution A/70/L.31 relating to the upgrading process of Angola from the LDC list.

The mentioned resolution has given five years for Angola to prepare itself, until 2021, before such upgrade process can take place.

“Throughout this period, Angola must prepare, with the support of UN Agencies and programmes, bilateral and multilateral partners, a national strategy for smooth transition, which will enable the country to change its status in a gradual manner, without destabilising its structural and sustainable transformation in the economic and social domains”, he emphasised.

In this context, he explained that “Angola deems it necessary that development and trade partners consider the broadening of the upgrade method on a bilateral basis, their commercial preferences in relation to the LDCs or that they place gradual limitations”.

On the other hand, he defended that it is still crucial that the commitments made in terms of official assistance to development be honoured.

The LDC category was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1971 to enable the identification of ways to assist least developed countries.

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The strengthening of bilateral relations between Angola and Guinea-Bissau dominated the audience that President of Guinea Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz, granted to the Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti, on the sidelines of the 27th Summit of the African Union taking place since Sunday here.

He told journalists at the end of the meeting, reiterating the strengthening of bilateral relations with the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

The two interlocutors reviewed the political situation prevailing in that country and discussed on international interest issues in general and, in particular, related to the African continent.

In another meeting with the US under Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas, the Minister said that they addressed issues related to the situation in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

However, on the situation in South Sudan he said it is an international concern the return of hostilities, a fact that will lead the Security Council to apply sanctions and having to reinforce the contingent of a neutral force to be able to guarantee security to President Salva Kir.

The Foreign Minister is representing the head of State, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, at the 27th African Union Summit.

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