According to Angola’s State Minister, who was speaking at the ceremony of passing of portfolios in the now Ministry of Public Works and Territory Planning, a result of the merger of the two ministerial departments (Construction and Public Works and Territory Planning and Housing), despite the strong financial restrictions that the country is experiencing, the main projects of construction and rehabilitation of roads, as well as public buildings, have followed their normal course.
“We will do everything we can to keep it that way, taking into account the importance of roads, especially secondary and tertiary roads in the process of increasing national production”, he stressed.
On the other hand, he stressed the importance of concluding the work that has already begun on the elaboration of the main instruments of territorial, urban and rural planning, at provincial and municipal level, particularly the master plans of the municipalities.
For the State Minister, it is necessary that each municipality in the country has its master plan, in perfect harmony with the National Development Plan. In this way, development will be faster, more effective and with economies of scale.
Likewise, he added, the National Urbanism and Housing Programme will be continued, with particular emphasis on the provision of infra-structured and legalized land for families who intend to build their own homes under a self-managed construction regime.
In his turn, the Minister of Public Works and Territory Planning, Manuel Tavares de Almeida, said that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the gross fall in the price of oil, will require an adaptation of the public investment programme, with priority for strategic projects.