Angola counts on Mozambican experience to join SADC Free Trade Zone

Ernesto Max Elias Tonela - Minister of Industry and Trade of Mozambique Ernesto Max Elias Tonela - Minister of Industry and Trade of Mozambique

The intention was expressed Thursday in Luanda by the Angolan Trade minister, Fiel Constantino, at the end of a meeting with his Mozambican counterpart, Ernesto Tonela.

Fiel Constantino said that Mozambique is a case study that can serve to prepare the effective entry of Angola in the SADC free trade zone area, as well as it has experience to share with the country so as to join SADC free trade zone since 2000.

“We have a common history and almost a similar economy from the point of view of growth and development with Mozambique. It was nice to exchange some views on the advantages and disadvantages of joining SADC free trade zone”, said the minister.

Fiel Constantino - Angolan Trade Minister
Fiel Constantino – Angolan Trade Minister

During the meeting, the two leaders also discussed issues related to the three-year memorandum of cooperation between the two ministries signed in 2013, related to the methodological consultation, organization and staff training.

As the validity of the memo has expired, said the Angolan official, it is expected in the near future to update the document to review the terms of cooperation between the two ministries.

On his turn, the Minister of Industry and Trade of Mozambique, Ernesto Tonela, said the meeting was fruitful for allowing addressing issues that will help to increase trade between the two countries.

Ernesto Tonela is paying a working visit to Luanda since Wednesday, aimed to strengthen the cooperation between the both states.

Source: Angop