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Ongoing restructuring programme at Angola’s Sonangol makes substantial savings. March 9th, 2017 Home Angola The ongoing restructuring programme at Angolan state oil company Sonangol has reduced the company’s logistics costs by half, the chair of the Board of Directors said in Houston, Texas on Wednesday.

Ongoing restructuring programme at Angola’s Sonangol makes substantial savings

Isabel dos Santos, after arguing that the businesses must re-focus on its core business of oil and natural gas exploration, said her board’s main objectives were to increase the State’s supervisory reach, as the main shareholder, increasing profit and efficiency as well as transparency, improving management and strengthening Angola’s competitive position. Driving home the idea of ​​returning to the company’s core activity, Santos cited examples of other major oil companies that are divesting in marginal areas to focus on the oil and natural gas business.

OPEC members and another 11 other oil producing countries agreed in 2016 to reduce production, leading to a 17% increase in prices in the US in the last five weeks of 2016. Related News: Iraq asks Angola firm to resume work at retaken oil fields. Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq's oil minister called Tuesday for Angolan energy firm Sonangol to resume work at fields south of Mosul where the Islamic State group had set wells alight, sparking months-long infernos.

Iraq asks Angola firm to resume work at retaken oil fields

Iraqi forces recaptured the Qayyarah and Najmah fields last year, but oil wells have burned long after IS was pushed back, blanketing areas for miles around in a haze of smoke. Angolan president sacks finance minister. LUANDA: Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos Monday sacked his finance minister Armando Manuel, the presidency announced, as the country battles an economic crisis caused by sinking oil prices.

Angolan president sacks finance minister

No reason was given for the dismissal of the 44-year-old London-educated minister who has held the post for three years. He has been replaced by Augusto Archer de Sousa Mangueira, 53, who was chairman of the country's Capital Markets Commission prior to the new appointment. The new minister takes over of struggling economy which has slumped mainly due to the steep drop in crude oil prices. GRANDE REPORTAGEM SOBRE LINHA FÉRREA CENTRO-NORTE DE MOÇAMBIQUE. Uk.businessinsider. Cabinda: The Tiny Oil-Rich Corner of Africa Everyone's Fighting Over. Getty/Lonely Planet Images.

Cabinda: The Tiny Oil-Rich Corner of Africa Everyone's Fighting Over

Angola's census shows population rises to 26 million. Angola Web News 14/01/2016. Angola Magazine - Zaire: Desenvolvimento do município do Soyo. Huambo: Desenvolvimento da Caála. Angola Magazine - Primeiro dia de 2016. Angola: EPAL to Install Over 800,000 Prepaid Water Meters in Luanda. Angola Magazine - Transformação da cidade capital. Angolan capital remains world's most expensive city for expats. So Mercer, the reputed global research body, released its 2015 Cost of Living Rankings which names the most (and least) expensive cities in the world for “expatriate employees”.

Angolan capital remains world's most expensive city for expats

This year, as in the previous two years, the Angolan capital city of Luanda has stubbornly held on to its somewhat paradoxical title of most expensive city. The research takes into account a wide selection of goods and services usually paid for by expats. What this means is that if you leave your home country to work in Luanda (with expat privileges – not migrant worker honours), you will most likely, break the bank to get access to decent housing, security, transport, burgers and jeans. It’s almost difficult to understand but it’s true. According to the findings, a cup of coffee would set you back around £3 ($4.80) – which is pretty tame, depending on where you decide to get your caffeine fix. Untitled. Angola at Peace Is Sub-Saharan Africa’s Top Defense Spender. Angola spent more on its military last year than any other sub-Saharan African nation even though it’s been at peace since a civil war ended more than a decade ago.

Angola at Peace Is Sub-Saharan Africa’s Top Defense Spender

The southwest African country, which is about twice the size of Texas, budgeted $6.8 billion on defense, second only to Algeria in continental Africa, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. It’s more than the combined amount of Nigeria and South Africa, the region’s biggest economies that together have a population 10 times larger. Angola's Geographic Challenge. The provinces spur economic diversification. Each province has its own strategy for improving the lives of its inhabitants, which ultimately in conjunction will lead to national growth.

The provinces spur economic diversification

Indeed, it is the sum of the parts that counts Angola’s rich natural resources are rightly renowned around the world, specifically when it comes to its mammoth oil reserves. Yet while the country’s famous “black gold” is largely found in fields out at sea, much less is universally known about the massive natural wealth held by its plentiful land pastures. Such ignorance is not all that surprising, however, considering Angola today imports around 90% of its food. It wasn’t always this way though. Diversifying from oil: Angolan sovereign wealth fund eyes hotel investments. The Angolan sovereign wealth fund, Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA), was officially launched in October 2012 with US$5bn in initial capital, and reportedly receives a $3.5bn injection a year from Angolan oil proceeds.

Diversifying from oil: Angolan sovereign wealth fund eyes hotel investments

“The main goals of the fund are to preserve state reserves but also to create additional sources of revenue,” said FSDEA’s chairman, José Filomeno dos Santos. By the end of 2014, two years after its launch, the fund announced two key investments: $1.1bn in an infrastructure fund (focused on investments in energy, transport and large industrial developments) and $500m into a ‘hospitality’ development fund. Angola - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The U.S. government and American companies are eager to make up the ground lost to China in Africa during recent years.

Angola - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Angola Monitor - Investment in Angola has exceeded 4 billion dollars. Private investment contracted with the National Agency for Private Investment (ANIP, in Portuguese) of Angola as already surpassed the target of 4 billion dollars, which had been set by the Government.

Angola Monitor - Investment in Angola has exceeded 4 billion dollars

Maria Luísa Abrantes, president of ANIP, believes that the amount represents a satisfactory value, "given that the country is in a recovery phase and construction of new infrastructure". The official also added that the government institution does not focus only on large investments, but also promotes projects of micro, small and medium enterprises that create jobs for the entire population. Last Thursday, ANIP signed 15 new investment contracts with Angolan and foreign companies in the agro-industrial, services, construction and manufacturing sectors.

These new contracts include investments valued at 112.5 million dollars. Source: Macauhub. Angola seeks bigger role as regional peacemaker. LUANDA — A decade ago, Angola was emerging from a civil war that laid waste to much of the country. Now, fuelled by Africa’s second-biggest oil industry, it aims to become a regional power, with a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council and President José Eduardo dos Santos’s government helping to broker disarmament talks in Democratic Republic of Congo. Former colonial ruler Portugal, as well as Spain and China are among countries that added $2.2bn in investment by September 30 to boost agricultural output and help rebuild after the 27-year civil war that ended in 2002. 36% of Angolans live below poverty line - By Nirit Ben-Ari Angola has one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Its economy grew by 5.1% in 2013. As major public infrastructure investments in energy and transport kick in, its growth is projected to reach 7.9% in 2014 and 8.8% in 2015.

Yet, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reports that around 36% of Angolans live below the poverty line and one in every four people is unemployed. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Angola is a “post conflict country that produces a lot of oil and faces the challenges of both.” Angola hikes fuel prices by 25% - International. Johannesburg - Angola, Africa's second largest oil producer, has increased fuel prices by an average of 25 percent to reduce subsidies and boost government spending, the finance ministry has said.

The ministry said in a statement on its website this week that the price of petrol would rise to 75 kwanza (R8.57), while diesel would go up by the same margin to 50 kwanza. “When these fixed prices are adjusted, the government creates fiscal space by reducing subsidies, allowing the opportunity for other spending on social and economic sectors,” it said. Angola is the only country in Africa that makes more foreign investments than it receives. The large size of Angolan investments abroad, namely in Portugal, is already reflected in the country’s statistics, which showed that in 2013 Angola was the only country in Africa that made more investments than those it received from abroad. Figures from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), cited by financial news agency Bloomberg, put Angola, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe amongst the African countries that attracted most foreign investment last year.

In fact Mozambique was the Portuguese-speaking country that received most investment, considering the country’s population – the equivalent of US$248 per capita, only behind Gabon (US$550), the Republic of Congo (US$496), Namibia (US$321), Mauritania (US$320) and Liberia (US$268). Most of the analyses available point to a continued high inflow of foreign investments to Mozambique, given the size of natural gas projects and related infrastructure support, as well as other ongoing mining projects. Angola: Towards Supremacy In Sub-Saharan Africa? - Analysis - Eurasia Review.

By IPRIS By Gustavo Plácido dos Santos Headed since independence by the Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA), the Angolan government has pursued domestic goals, such as internal security and stability. During the Cold War, the government in Luanda allocated disproportionate resources to its foreign relations in a way to engage external allies in its favor and help Angola overcome the challenges across the volatile borders. Support from Cuba and the Soviet Union proved crucial for MPLA survival.

On the other hand, support by the United States, Namibia and South Africa to the rebel União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA), posed a serious challenge to the MPLA regime. Chinese company restores Benguela railway. Angola.pdf. Diapositivo 1 - sessao_6.pdf. In 2017, Angola will put its satellite into orbit. Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:36. Angola Investe aprova 252 projectos para financiamento - Portal de Angola. Portugal indebted to Angola after economic reversal of fortune. Angola: bright new Luanda - Revisited. Angola Invests away from Oil. ANGOLA IS RISING. Over 9,000 companies certified in Angola in 2012 and 2013.

April 28th, 2014 News Angola’s National Institute to Support Small and Medium-sized Companies over the last two years has certified over 9,000 companies, the director of the Consulting and Technical Assistance Department, Graça Ngombo said Friday in Luanda. ZREport_Angola-Property-Market-2013-EN.pdf. Angolan government to implement master plan for the road sector.

January 29th, 2014 News The Angolan government plans to implement the master plan for the road sector in order to ensure the comfort and safety of the population, the country’s vice president, Manuel Domingos Vicente said Tuesday in Luanda. At the opening ceremony of the First National Conference on Road Prevention, the vice president said that the plan was based on five pillars – training, increasing and improving road infrastructure, boosting public transport, improving the quality of the systems to assist victims of road traffic accidents and improving police response capacity. Vicente noted that execution of the master plan was intended to make roads safer for users and that one of its strategies was to equip roads with warning systems, which would allow professionals to provide assistance to victims and transport them to the closest healthcare facility.

Related News: Pólo Industrial do Lucala vai impulsionar industrialização da província - ANGONOTÍCIAS. Angolan Second City Huambo Starts to Rise From Ashes of War (1) Number of millionaires in Angola up 68% from 2007 to 2013. December 12th, 2013. Angola plans laying undersea cable to Brazil. ANGOLA’s planned undersea cable to South America will cut data transmission times between stock markets in Brazil and Hong Kong and open a new route between Africa and the US, the head of state-owned Angola Cables has said. Angola Magazine - Reabilitações na cidade do Mbanza Kongo (Zaire) O Mundo Segundo os Brasileiros. Angola Magazine - Angola está prevista até 2018 a ser um país com rendimento médio. CABINDA EN TRANSFORMATION.mp4.

Africa's richest woman goes into retail. Angola’s--and Africa's-- richest woman, Isabel Dos Santos, is partnering with Sonae, Portugal’s largest retailer, to launch five new food hypermarkets in the southern Africa country, Reuters reported. Sonae is Portugal’s dominant retailer with more than 400 retail stores across the country, and is majority owned and chaired by Portuguese billionaire Belmiro de Azevedo. It operates in the food and non-food retail sectors, selling everything from sports goods and apparel to consumer electronics and appliances. Sonae is publicly traded on the Euronext and has over 40,000 employees in more than 20 countries. Untitled. Economics - Government to privatise inoperative firms. 4013-developing-angolas-infrastructure.pdf. Invest Africa Episode 19: Angola.