Tone Skogen, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Norway / Photo: António Escrivão
Angola is Norway’s main economic partner in Africa, because of the partnerships established in the oil and trade sector, said in Luanda on Wednesday, Tone Skogen, Norway’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
Tone Skogen, who had a meeting with the Angolan Minister of Economy, Abrahão Gourgel, during her two-day working visit to Angola, said that the current partnership could be expanded to other economic areas, such as fisheries and renewable energy, particularly, to the hydropower sector. Angola is one of the importers of Norwegian cod.
Although optimistic about the possibility of further strengthening the economic partnership with Angola, Tone Skogen pointed out that there are some challenges that need to be resolved to expand the cooperation between the two countries.
Some of these challenges, according to Tone Skogen, are related to the access to foreign exchange, international wire transfers and current regulations that hinder the development of business in a timely manner. The issue of visas for businessmen is another aspect pointed out by Norway’s Secretary of State. Nevertheless, Tone Skogen assured that her country will continue to help Angola in the development of the oil sector.
The members of the Norwegian delegation will also hold separate meetings with the Ministers of Petroleum, José Botelho de Vasconcelos and the Minister of Fisheries Minister, Victória de Barros Neto.