Angola and Portugal are identifying priority areas for cooperation in the agricultural sector, with a view to signing a two-year cooperation agreement, Portugal’s minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development said in Luanda.
Minister Luis Manuel Capoula Santos said at the end of a meeting on Monday with his counterpart in Angola, Afonso Pedro Canga, that priority projects were being identified as part of the institutional and business plan.
Capoula Santos said there will be two levels of institutional cooperation, one of which between ministries and a second between governments, and that the cooperation plans are expected to be fostered by providing scientific data, training and on a business level.
In the meeting with Canga, the Portuguese minister expressed Portugal’s readiness to hand over to Angola the bibliographic and scientific archive from the colonial period.
The archive includes technical, scientific and cartographic information on agricultural production and Angolan potential collected until 1975, during the Portuguese colonial period.
“Portugal has the largest scientific collection on Angola in terms of agriculture, so there is mutual benefit in collaborating with Portugal,” said Angola’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.