Angola, a country in progress

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Within the African continent, Angola can boast of being one of the richest countries in natural resources. Yet still dependent on imports for food, the country of Angola is making progress. Several projects, in particular those concerning the education system, housing and transport, have already been successful. But it’s far from over!

 

The country relies on its human capital

Angola is counting on its human potential to give a new boost to its economy. The government’s emphasis is on knowledge: Angola’s workforce must be able to support the country’s development. To achieve this goal, the government wants to invest in education, school infrastructures and teachers.

To develop, the country is betting on the potential of its human capital in order to diversify its national activities and move away from its dependence on oil. Several initiatives have already been launched and are bearing fruit. The government’s “Angolanization” policy requires oil and gas companies to replace their expatriate workers, thereby increasing job opportunities for skilled Angolans. Competitiveness increases wages and tends to encourage skilled Angolan workers to stay in their country.

The numbers are encouraging. In 2002, there were 40,000 students in higher education, by 2014 there are more than 220,000. Until 2008, there was only one state university, whereas in 2009 alone, six new universities were created. So there is hope in education.

 

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Projects in the housing and infrastructure sector

In September 2015, the country celebrated 40 years of independence from Portugal. During these years, Angola has shown real strengths and has come a long way. Especially regarding the evolution of its infrastructures.

The war has left its mark on the country’s infrastructure. Little by little, Angolans are restoring their roads to create a reliable network to support the movement of people and goods. According to Celso Rofrigues de Lemos Rosa, president of a railway company:

“Our longer-term strategy is to link the three major railways to north-south development corridors to create a nationally accessible network.” 

The country aspires to become a regional and global economic power.

In Angola, the people attach great importance to family and owning their own home, but often lack the necessary credit to purchase it. Many real estate projects were then born, with the objective of providing the inhabitants with housing adapted to their needs and at affordable prices. Thus, for example, the Nova Vida project, “new life” in Portuguese, aimed at providing housing for over 30,000 people in the capital, was a success! Other projects in several cities across the country have also been completed.

 

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A country full of riches!

Angola is the second largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa, the fourth largest diamond producer in the world, not to mention its agricultural and marine diversity and its forests in the distance.

The effects of the efforts made on Angola’s transport networks, infrastructure, housing and education system are taking shape. These improvements are already revolutionizing the way Angolans live, study, communicate, trade and connect with their neighbouring countries.

 


 

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