South African Ambassador to Angola, Godfrey Nhlanhla Ngwenya, on Monday in Luanda urged business people from his country to invest with trust and go into partnership with Angolans to help cement bilateral ties between the two countries.
Ngwenya made the call at a reception held for his country’s business delegation, stressing that South Africa needed Angola undoubtedly and that the initiative would influence good economic ties between both countries, as well as with others from the SADC region.
The South African diplomat described Angola and his country as strategic partners due to the developments in various sectors, including mining, construction, oil, gas, banking and hotels and tourism, which are important for the country’s economic growth.
He promised that the South African Embassy would help companies to engage in the development process of Angola to improve ties with the government and the population, through the organisation of various promotional activities in 18 provinces of the country.
In a related development, the Angolan Ambassador to South Africa, Josefina Pitra Diakité, also here on Monday called for higher interaction between both countries in the cultural sector, to facilitate business partnerships in other areas of mutual interest.
In an interview with newsmen at the reception for the South African delegation which is in Angola on a two-day (27-28 Sept.) business forum, the Angolan diplomat said that lack of cultural ties sometimes undermined investments.
Diakité stressed that South Africa, as one of Africa’s most developed nations, was an important country, noting that success of investment in Angola depended on responsible and professional implementation of agreements already between both governments.
The Angolan ambassador stressed the growing interest of South African businessmen to invest in Angola, adding that all countries, particularly those in Africa, always have space to make a contribution to the development of his country.
According to the ambassador, Angola requires the assistance of South Africans in the development of the education, industry and sports sectors, being the best developed sectors and are constantly improving in that country.
Expected back home 29 September, the delegation is made up of officials from 83 firms from sectors such as commerce and industry, geology and mining, oil, gas, energy, finance, banking, agriculture and rural development, transport, construction and housing, hotel and tourism, telecommunication and information technology