Interview with Ana Dias Lourenco, Minister of Planning, Angola
This interview was held in Tunis on the occasion of her official mission to the African Development Bank (AfDB), 16 – 17 July 2009
"The partnership between Angola and the African Development Bank has suffered a bit with what we think are the effects of the political and military instability that the country experienced for some years. ... When at peace, we have re-launched this cooperation and we believe it is time to make presence AfDB presence more visible in our country."- Minister of Planning of Angola and AfDB Governor, Ana Dias Lourenço
Question: What significance has the environment project that you have signed with AfDB on and what are the gains that Angola expects from it?
Answer: The project that we signed on July 16 2009 with Vice President Zeinab El-Bakri, of the African Development Bank (AfDB), is a project that was developed and negotiated with the Angolan environment specialists from the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture. The project will favor capacity building on management and control of natural and environmental resources. We believe that we will achieve good results in biodiversity management for our country.
Question: How do you characterize the relations between Angola and AfDB?
Answer: The relationship between Angola and the African Development Bank has suffered from the effects of the political and military instability that the country experienced for a number of years. During the years preceding the war, we had a large package of projects with the African Development Bank, but with the occurrence of the war, we had to reduce this portfolio. Many projects have been suspended and not ended. When at peace, we have re-launched this cooperation and we believe it is time to make the AfDB presence more visible in our country. We believe we should give a further impetus to this relationship ... a dynamic that is in line with the political stability that the country is living, resulting in significant growth.
Question: What is your overall appreciation of your mission to Tunis?
Answer: It is positive. We came to AfDB following President Kaberuka’ invitation and aimed to revive our partnership. We had the opportunity to discuss with vice-presidents representing various activities. We have discussed concrete issues and the meeting we had with President Donald Kaberuka closed the meeting sessions. We have agreed that we should continue the dialogue and work together. Both of our staff will continue to work jointly on the issues we have identified as important to us. We consider urgent opening an AfDB’ office in Angola, as well as conducting meetings with the private sector. Later this year, we want to organize a meeting on business opportunities in Luanda, as well as other activities that will certainly respond to what we expect from this cooperation.