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Belarus can rely on Angola in Africa, President Lukashenko says

Belarus is interested in expanding cooperation with the countries of Africa. One of the points of growth is Angola, a state in the southern part of the continent.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko discussed cooperation with Angola on June 26 with the foreign minister of that country.

One of the options is to create a plant to assemble Belarusian equipment in the vicinity of Luanda.

Against the backdrop of falling oil prices and following the path of economic reforms Angola is now open to proposals.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
We, of course, still do not know Africa well enough. But we would very much like to work on this promising continent of the future. Like any other state, especially such as Belarus, still a very young state, we choose those countries that we could rely on. Angola is one of those countries.

Maybe you are the first on the first list. It is also because after gaining statehood in 1975, we actively supported Angola and helped it. The main contingent of military advisers in Angola was represented by the Belarusian military district, and there were many Belarusians there. If you do not mind, Belarus could start the 'exploration' of Africa from Angola.

Therefore, Minister, there are absolutely no forbidden topics for cooperation. We are ready to assist you on all issues that are of interest to you. You should stay in Belarus, visit the enterprises that interest you, and see for yourself how we can be of use to you.

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Food security is among the promising topics.

The agricultural sector employs more than 80% of the economically active population of Angola.

At the same time 80% of consumed food is imported. The country intends to create effective agriculture. This is the problem that was solved in Belarus long time ago.

Georges Rebelo Chicoti, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Angola:
I am glad to note that since the accreditation of the Belarusian Ambassador to Angola, after we met at the audience with the President of our country, we finally realized what great potential we have and what we lack.

Therefore, we are seriously aiming to intensify cooperation with your country.

Among the pilot projects could be the assembly of MTZ tractors in southern Africa.

In the future, the country could become a platform for the export of agricultural machinery to neighboring states. Angola itself is a huge market of 30 million people.

Vladimir Andreichenko, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
Today, we have no problematic issues in terms of expanding our cooperation in all areas that are of mutual interest. I also mean political contacts, and trade and economic cooperation, cooperation in the field of education and medicine. 

In addition to oil, Angola is known for its diamonds. During the talks with Alexander Lukashenko it turned out that Belarus could assist Angola by supplying equipment for the development of precious stones.

Ore mining is another potential area of ​​cooperation. In 2016, a memorandum on the supply of 22 BelAZ trucks to Angola was signed.

Local miners note the good price-quality ratio of Belarusian vehicles.

During the four months of 2017, Belarusian trucks and electronics worth $31 million have already been delivered to Angola.

Georges Rebelo Chicoti:
We understand that in order to fulfill the task of diversifying the economy, Angola could use the potential of Belarus to a very high degree. Within the framework of the visit, we assessed the capabilities of your machine-building and agro-industrial complex. They have great potential for cooperation.

The negotiations showed that Belarus and Angola are equally looking at the prospects for cooperation. Now our economies are mutually complementary.

Knowledge, technologies and finished products of Belarus are needed by the industry of Angola.

Among other possible areas of cooperation are the military-technical sphere, construction of housing and social facilities.

Belarus can rely on Angola in Africa, President Lukashenko says