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Angola – Punga remembers Action Nigga: “Today is a day of reflection”

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The Angolan singer-songwriter and producer Punidor recalled on Thursday (02), one of the moments lived alongside friend and partner Action Nigga, at a time when they were still the national hip hop group ‘Genesis’.

 

To remember is to live, and as proof of this was the recent publication shared by the Angolan musician Punidor. On its Instagram page, it took fans and followers of the old group formed by the singer and the ill-fated Action Nigga to relive moments and sigh for longing.

“There are people who will be eternal in our lives, GENESIS, the FIRMES family (Action Nigga, Debora, Andreia and Puni), and the rest of the audience, today is a day of reflection, thinking about the people we love and who unfortunately are no longer here physically, rest in peace LUVUALU, until one day “.

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MPLA Parliamentary Group Assesses Drought in Huíla

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[ANGOP] Lubango -A delegation from the MPLA parliamentary group is assessing on Wednesday the consequences of the drought in the municipalities of Gambos and Chibia, province of Huíla.

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Tax On Health, Education Sectors May Disrupt Consumers’ Income

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[ANGOP] Luanda -The Value Added Tax (VAT) on the health and education sectors may lead to a higher tax burden for the final consumer, said Finance Minister Archer Mangueira.

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Angola and Poland Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

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[ANGOP] Luanda -The Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Angolan Communities, Domingos Vieira Lopes, received in an audience on Tuesday, in Luanda, the Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Macielj Lang.

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Producers Ask for Inspection On Oil Production

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[ANGOP] Luanda -Opec and non-OPEC members Tuesday requested the Joint Ministerial Meeting Committee (JMMC) to carefully monitor the implementation of the resolution on extending the cut-off date for oil production by March 2020, aiming at a balance between supply and demand and the prevailing uncertainties.

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Government Presents Luanda Biennial to Partners Alliance

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[ANGOP] Luanda -The Luanda Biennial Pan-African Forum for a Culture of Peace, to be held between September 18 and 22 in the country’s capital and in the coastal Benguela Province, was presented on Tuesday to the Alliance of Partners for Culture of Peace in Africa.

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Angola: Portuguese University Offers Scholarships to Angolans

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Luanda — The Lusofona University of Humanities and Technologies has 130 scholarships available for citizens of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) for the academic year 2019/2020, of which 25 are reserved for Angolans.

Those interested should submit their applications, initially, between 15 July and 16 August this year, and from 19 August to 31 October, at the Social Welfare Services of the Lusofona University in Lisbon.

The study grants, free of tuition fees, are part of the Cooperation Protocol signed between the Lusophone Group and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) on 8 June 2005 and the respective Addendum of 24 June 2006.

Angola and Brazil each receive 25 scholarships, followed by Cape Verde (20), Guinea Bissau (15), Equatorial Guinea (10), Macau (5), Mozambique (10), Portugal (own regulation), Sao Tome and Principe (15) and East Timor (5).

The Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies (ULHT) is the largest Portuguese private university, based in the city of Lisbon, recognized by Law-Decree nr. 92/98, of April 14.

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Angola: Cunene – Police Commander Assesses Security At Southern Border

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Ondjiva — The general commander of National Police (PN) Paulo de Almeida traveled on Wednesday to the southern Cunene province to assesses security levels on the southern border of Angola with the neighboring Republic of Namibia.

The police commander will visit the checkpoints 19, 22 and 30 and the sub-units of Cavalry and Cinotech of Police in Santa Clara.

The visit is part of the programme for assistance and control to the police, he told the press, upon his arrival in the region.

During his three-day stay, Paulo de Almeida will hold a courtesy meeting with the governor of Cunene, Vigilio Tyova and meet with members of the Consultative Council of the police in the province.

Cunene province shares 460 kilometers of border with Namibia, of which 340km of land and 120 km of river border.

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Namibia: Ombadja King in Angola Bemoans Immigration Glitches

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Okalongo — King Mário Shatipamba of Onaluheke Palace in Angola’s Cunene Province said the movement of people between his country and Namibia is too cumbersome and is gradually eroding kinship among Ovambadja people in both countries, who were divided by artificial borders set by colonisers in 1885.

Shatipamba experienced first-hand the turtle-paced immigration process last Saturday, when he was delayed for hours at a border post as he tried to cross into Namibia to attend the coronation of Natanael Ndikwetepo as traditional head of Ondudu District in Okalongo.

The Angolan king apologised to those congregated at Ndikwetepo’s homestead at Olupito, saying he and his delegation spent hours at the Namibian-Angolan border, where proceedings were painfully slow.

Shatipamba did not call for the removal of the borders between the two countries, as is often suggested by some members of the Ovambadja and Ovakwanyama tribes, but hammered home the importance of smooth movement of people so as to enhance affinity among members of the two tribes who have relatives on both sides of the border fence.

The infamous ‘Scramble of Africa’, a rush by European colonialists into African territories as agreed at the so-called Berlin Conference which started in Germany in 1884, saw Portugal and Germany agreeing on borders between Angola and Namibia – their respective colonies at the time.

The new artificial border between the two countries cut the Ovambadja and Ovakwanyama tribal areas into halves, leaving inhabitants of the two tribal areas in Angola and others in Namibia.

Many members of the Ovambadja tribe who reside on the Angolan side of the border have Namibian identity documents and their children commute daily to attend school in Namibia and cross back into Angolan territory after school.

King Shatipamba, in his speech at Ndikwetepo’s coronation on Saturday, said: “Europeans divided us and now movement among ourselves as a people has become extremely difficult.”

He called on the governments of Angola and Namibia to ease movement of people between the borders.

“Let’s also research circumstances that divided us with a view to find a solution,” he said, to thunders of applause.

Ndikwetepo was officially sworn in as traditional leader of Ondudu District, which encompasses five villages of Olupito, Onaidjimba, Omatwadiva, Okafitu kaUvale and Ondudu.

Retired bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (Elcin) Kleopas Dumeni and Josaphat Shanghala, assisted by reverend of the Ewaneno Elcin congregation, Lukas Haindongo, presided over the religious swearing-in of Ndikwetepo.

Head of the Ombadja Traditional Authority in Namibia, Mathias Walaula, presided over the traditional swearing-in of Ndikwetepo, with whom he shared several tools of trade, including a book on the Namibian constitution.

“Lead your people with impartiality, fairness, kindness and, where allowed in law, forgiveness. May God bless your leadership journey,” Walaula told his new right hand man.

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Angola: DRC Reaffirms Excellent Relations With Angola

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Cabinda — The administrator of Muanda Village, in the province of Lower Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Roger Mbala Kupa, reaffirmed on Tuesday the excellence of relations between local authorities and the Angola Consular Post in that region.

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Cabinda: Instalações do Posto Consular de Angola na Vila de Muanda (RDC) – vandalizado

Speaking to ANGOP, in response to the act of vandalizing the building of the Angola Consular Post in that village, Roger Mbala Kupa confirmed the detention of some of those involved in what he considered a “sad episode”.

On 17 June, a group of local youths transported by truck and motorized vehicles crashed into Angola’s consular facilities in Muanda village, in the province of Lower Congo (DRC), having broken glass, a roof, placed near outside of the building.

The action was a “retaliation” to the Angolan authorities for the seizure of canoes, artifacts and fishing vessels of nationals of the neighboring country, who illegally engaged in fishing activity in Angolan territorial waters, leaving the mouth of the Congo River.

It was a sad situation, stressed the administrator of the Congolese village of Muanda, contacted through telephone by Angop.

According to Mbala Kupa, the defense and security authorities of Muanda Village will no longer allow such acts that tarnish good relations between Angola and the DRC.

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Angola: Contract for Refinery Site Signed

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Cabinda — The land rights contract for the construction site of the high-conversion crude oil refinery in Cabinda province was signed Tuesday in this city by the provincial governor of Cabinda, Eugénio Laborinho and the chairperson of the Sonaref executive board, Joaquim Kiteculo.

The refinery to be built on the Malembo plain in an area of about 313 hectares will have a processing capacity of 60,000 barrels of oil per day for the production of gas oil, gasoline, full oil and Jet A1 and will provide one thousand direct jobs in a first phase. Speaking to the press, the Cabinda provincial governor, Eugénio Laborinho, said at the end of the signing of the contract, that it was a very important gesture because the people’s dream will become a reality. Eugenio Laborinho said that the refinery under this concession and special title granted to the company SONAREF, within the framework of a partnership to extend with United Shine company that will be the investing company.

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Angola: Head of State Visits Cuba

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Havana — The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, arrived on Sunday evening in Havana, Cuba, for an official three-day visit aimed at strengthening the bilateral co-operation relations.

The Head of State is being accompanied by the First Lady, Ana Dias Lourenço, and several of his Cabinet ministers.

The visit agenda distributed in Havana states that the Angolan statesman will go to the African Heroes Square, in Havana, to pay homage to the founder of the Angolan Nation, Dr António Agostinho Neto.

He is to place a wreath on the monument dedicated to the Cuban combatants that died in Angola. The monument is located in the Colón Cemetery, in the capital.

João Lourenço will also address a conference to be held in Havana University and afterwards he is to lead the Angolan delegation in the meeting with the Cuban authorities which will culminate with the signing of several co-operation accords.

The Angolan President is to visit some important socioeconomic and technological undertakings, such as the Genetics and Biotechnology Centre, known internationally for its advanced scientific research activities, such as in the area of cancer cure.

João Lourenço is also to have a meeting with the Angolan scholarship students in Cuba.

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Angola Wants Major Cuban Participation in Country’s Economic Endeavours

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Havana — The Foreign Affairs minister, Manuel Augusto, last Sunday in Havana said Angola wants to see Cuba more involved in the African country’s economic diversification efforts.

Manuel Augusto was speaking to the press in the ambit of the first state visit to Cuba of President João Lourenço, which is to last three days as of this Monday, aimed to reinforce the bilateral relations.

He said Cuba has advanced in many areas of knowledge, chiefly in the medical sciences and the pharmaceutical industry, which can help Angola to become self-sufficient and engaged in the production of basic products, including medicines.

He went on to say that several bilateral accords are to be signed during this visit, also with a view to harmonising the co-operation with the new paradigms of the co-operation relations.

He pointed out as probable new areas of co-operation the scientific research, small and medium industry, besides others of mutual interest and benefit.

The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, arrived on Sunday evening in Havana, Cuba, for an official three-day visit aimed at strengthening the bilateral co-operation relations.

The Head of State is being accompanied by the First Lady, Ana Dias Lourenço, and several of his Cabinet ministers.

The Angolan President is to visit some important socioeconomic and technological undertakings, such as the Genetics and Biotechnology Centre, known internationally for its advanced scientific research activities, such as in the area of cancer cure.

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Angola: At Leat 1,700 Angolans Attend Academic Training in Cuba

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Havana — At least 1,700 Angolan citizens are attending graduation, Master’s and Doctorate courses in the Republic of Cuba, the Angolan minister of Higher Education, Maria do Rosário Sambo, has said.

The minister, who is in Havana, has revealed that roughly 700 of the aforementioned number are doing medicine course or health sciences related courses.

The minister has also said that she has noted down some of the main concerns coming from the Angolan students in the Caribbean island.

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Angola and Usa to Sign Memo On Security, Public Order

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Luanda — The governments of Angola and the United States of America (USA) are to sign on Monday a memorandum of understanding in the area of security and public order.

The Angolan government is to be represented by the minister of the Interior, Ângelo de Barros Veiga Tavares, on behalf of the President of the Republic, while the ambassador Nina Maria Fite is to represent the USA.

The meeting is to take place in the premises of the Ministry of the Interior.

The USA is a strategic co-operation partner of Angola, mainly in the areas of crude-oil, energy, human rights, trade, investments, health, security and finance.

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Angola: Unita’s Female Wing Postpones 4th Congress

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Luanda — The fourth congress of LIMA, the female wing of the country’s largest opposition party UNITA, which was initially scheduled to happen last Thursday, was postponed with a new date yet to be announced.

The information comes on the final communiqué of the fourth ordinary meeting of the National Committee of the Angolan Women’s League (LIMA).

In the document, LIMA highlights the current social, political and economic situation of women, which it considers to be affected by the “high indexes of poverty, misery and exclusion”.

The note states that, on the other hand, it has been confirmed that domestic violence is a universal problem that affects thousands of people in a silent and dissimulated manner.

Thus, LIMA proposes the implementation of awareness programmes, with a view to reducing the cases and the devastating consequences.

The meeting was held under the motto “47 Years of struggle for the valorisation and dignifying of Angolan women” and was attended by 251 delegates.

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Angola: Divisive Tax Latest Twist to Plummeting Angolan Economy

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Luanda — THE controversial introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), a move government is pushing through to boost tax collection from consumption amid decreasing revenues of oil, is the latest turn to a freefalling Angolan economy.

Initially set for July 1, the imposition of the tax has been postponed to October following resistance from some sectors over what goods and services are exempt.

The VAT Code, which revokes the previous Consumption Tax, provides for a single rate of 14 percent for all imports of goods and for all large taxpayers with income above Kz15 million (US$44 000) and large public enterprises as well as banking institutions.

As opposed to the current tax regime, where only specified services are subject to tax, under the new system, all services will be subject to VAT

The Industrial Association of Angola (AIA) decried the implementation of VAT in education and health.

“VAT application will be harmful to parents and patients,” José Severino, AIA head, told media.

Angola, Africa’s fifth-largest economy by gross domestic product (GDP – US$124,2 billion) is the only country in the 16-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) region yet to introduce VAT.

Portugal, the former colonial power, is providing technical assistance by training over 20 officials from Angola in Tax Administration.

Angola and Portugal last year sealed the 2018/2022 Strategic Cooperation Programme and an agreement on “mutual administrative assistance in tax matters.”

José Leiria, the director of the General Tax Administration, said the postponement followed concerns by industries and the public.

“The memorandum (on the flexibility of VAT) reflects the main concerns raised by businesspeople and civil society,” Leiria said.

President João Lourenço stressed the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) considered VAT as the world’s “fairest” tax.

“The possible rise in prices blamed on VAT is groundless,” he said in the capital Luanda during the party’s recent Extraordinary Congress.

Anxiety over the tax regime points to a prolonged period of uncertainty for Angola, sub-Saharan Africa’s second-largest oil producer.

The country is battling decreasing revenues from the commodity while the weakening Kwanza currency is declining.

The declining revenues are attributed to falling exports, with figures indicating a decrease of 12,4 percent year-on-year to $13,2 billion from January to May this year. During the period, the average export price fell by $3,70 to $62,70.

The volume of barrels exported by the Southern African country dropped by more than 7 percent.

Nonetheless, the Ministry of Finance has disclosed that Angola’s revenues from oil were at their highest levels, in May, for the year at $2,9 billion.

Despite embarking on some structural reforms in the sector, Angola is still suffering the effects of lower oil prices and production levels, with an estimated GDP contraction around 1,5 percent in 2018, according to the World Bank.

The prospects look bleak for Angola (second to Nigeria in production) as the oil sector still accounts for one-third of GDP and more than 90 percent of exports.

“Economic growth is expected to remain subdued in 2019 because of a lower oil price forecast and the oil production cap set by the OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) agreement,” the World Bank stated.

There is some glimmer of hope nonetheless with firming oil prices and announcements by a petroleum firm to expand operations.

In December, major oil producers reached a deal to cut oil production and boost the market.

The sector would welcome the price of a barrel of oil sold by OPEC increasing by over 22 percent, from 2017, the average price of a barrel of oil to $64,15 over the first five months of 2019.

Recently, BP Angola announced it would begin drilling wells in the Platina field in deep waters of Block 18 by the middle of 2020. The project will be the first new development by BP Angola since the beginning of production at Block 31 in 2013, where it produces 110 000 barrels of oil per day.

BP Angola intends to produce 137 000 barrels per day.

Meanwhile, the Kwanza currency has been trading at its lowest value ever against the Dollar ($1/ Kz341,9) and Euro (€1/Kz389,5). The local currency has depreciated by over 51 percent from the beginning of 2018.

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Angola National Bank Validates Micro-Credit Management App

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Luanda — The National Bank of Angola (BNA) validated an applicative for real-time micro-credit management lines (eMICRED) created by a local firm Tsofts.

The eMICRED, which has been created meet the demand of the people, who buy expensive software of this kind abroad, enables to make credit simulations and analysis of viability and risks management.

Operating since 2010, Tsoft firm is also developing an accounting programme that fits in eMICRED software, which is expected to be exported to Mozambique.

The firm has already created several progammes such as for unemployment, urban and sale management and software for health sector.

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Angola: Cuban Physicians Encouraged to Work On Preventive Diseases – Official

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Luanda — The Secretary of State for Hospital Affairs, Leonardo Europeu Inocêncio, encouraged on Saturday in Luanda, Cuban physicians in Angola to focus their actions in the prevention of maternal, childhood and contagious diseases.

The official, who was speaking to ANGOP, urged Cuban physicians during the second medical scientific meetings run under the motto “clinic by excellence, today and forever”, an initiative of Meditex clinic in partnership with Health Ministry.

In the meantime, the official underscored that Angola – Cuba cooperation is currently at its peak, citing as an example the incentive for good practices of humanization in health services, which has been given by the physicians of that Caribbean country.

The one-day scientific meeting discussed the treatment of chronic contagious and non contagious illness and surgeries.

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Angola and Vatican Prepare Cooperation Agreement

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Luanda — Angola and the Vatican are preparing for this year the signing of a Framework Agreement aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation, said Friday in Luanda, nuncio of Angola and São Tomé e Príncipe, Petar Rajic.

The representative of the Holy See announced the fact to the press at the end of a meeting with the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, to whom he presented his farewell greetings as part of the end of his four-year mission to Angola.

“We can talk of a few days into the agreement. This final phase is a moment of great happiness for the parties,” said Archbishop Petar Rajic, who acknowledged the existence of excellent cooperative relations with the Angolan authorities.

The agreement includes the recognition of the legal personality of the Catholic Church in Angola and the ownership of its real estate, including schools and health centers scattered throughout the country.

In March 2018, President João Lourenço created an interministerial commission for negotiations on the Framework Agreement to be concluded with the Holy See.

In the Order, the Angolan Head of State appointed the Minister of State and head of the Civil House of the President of the Republic, Frederico Cardoso, to coordinate the commission, which includes the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Human Rights, as well as Culture .

The secretaries of the President of the Republic for Diplomatic Affairs and International Cooperation, Judicial and Legal Affairs and Social Affairs shall complete the commission.

Relations between Angola and the Vatican State are considered good. The Angolan Government has authorized the expansion of Radio Ecclésia’s signal to the entire Angolan territory, an issue that was pending for many years.

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Angola: Luanda’s Airport Facelift Budgeted At U.S.$300 Million

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Luanda — At least USD 300 million is the budget for the facelift and expansion of Luanda’s 04 de Feveiro International Airport to be carried out in 2020, revealed on Thursday the Transports minister, Ricardo de Abreu.

The project, which is expected to last 18 to 24 months, was discussed on Thursday by the Cabinet Council, a meeting chaired by President joão Lourenço.

The works will include the expansion of the terminal, the check-in area, waiting lounge, offices, improvement of parking place and security.

In the meantime, added the minister, after the facelift is concluded the airport is expected to surpass its capacity to accommodate passengers from the current 1.5 million to 4 million passengers.

However, the minister explained that during the works the air traffic will continue as usual and will not be affected by the repair works.

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