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Recuperating Angola to connet Zambia with bullet train railway, says Membe

21st November 2012
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Every state in Africa must develop infrastructure before other things so as to attract investments and trade within their respective countries, it has been learnt.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Bernard Membe made the remarks on Friday in Dar es Salaam at the occasion to mark the 37th anniversary of the independence of Angola.

“Failure to develop infrastructure, you cannot attract investment and trade,” he said, noting “just look at where is Angola right now. It is not the same and will not be the same in the coming years. The country’s economic growth is very high.”

“As Tanzanian leaders, we need to learn from Angola, visit the country and talk to our colleagues, see what they have, observe how they work, and the kind of expertise they hire from other countries like Portugal,” he noted.
Angola is the only country out of the 54 Africa states which has highest economic rate.

At the moment is working to construct bullet train services across southern African countries from Lobito to Luanda and Zambia so that Tanzania and other businessmen from those countries can use it to transport their commodities as well as enabling the movement of people.

“Angola is now engaging in construction of a rural transportation system and I have witnessed what they have done in this sector,” he said.

“As Angolans celebrate the 37th national independence anniversary, they have a reason to smile with what they are doing, what has changed in terms of transport, education, housing development and investments,” he
“This is a country that is showing the way, transforming the society from where they are to prosperous position. It is a country whose leadership needs to be congratulated for what they have done and it is a country that has moved forward,” he said.

“Due to this development, China has opened up daily flights from Beijing to Angola and the majority of Angolan businessmen now go to China to look for business opportunities,” he added.

For his part, Ambrósio Lukoki, Angola Ambassador in Tanzania added that at the moment his country has defined the maintenance of political stability as a priority through promotion, defence and consolidation of peace.

In the past five years the Angola has registered an average growth rate of 9.2 percent, being that the non-oil sector grew at the average rate of 12 percent.

“These levels of growth result from the effectiveness of measures undertaken by the government for stability of macroeconomic indicators of fiscal, monetary and exchange nature which allowed the economy to be reanimated,” he said.

On the other hand, ambitions and objectives of the governance programme have a strong motivation of social justice and human development in Angola.

According to the ambassador, the priorities will be centered on the non-oil sectors, giving a more relevant role to the mineral and housing sectors, agriculture, processing industry, distribution networks, circulation of merchandise, provision of quality services and business competitiveness.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN