TAAG, GOL sign a cargo transport agreement

Angola Airways and the Brazilian company GOL signed an agreement for the transport of cargo among the African, South American and European continents

In its press note, TAAG states that the agreement succeeds the codeshare protocol (passenger transport by connection between different companies), signed last April.

This agreement provides for the transportation of small and medium size cargo goods, express mail, among other orders, among Africa, Europe and Latin America, from Luanda (Angola) and São Paulo (Brazil).

Under the agreement, TAAG will cover destinations in Africa, such as Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé, Namibia, Nigeria and Kenya.

GOL will share TAAG cargo on the European continent, in countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and the Americas (Brazil and Cuba).

According to the document, one of TAAG’s objectives is to increase the volume of cargo transported annually, reinforcing the company’s attractiveness for attracting new customers and contracts.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola reports Kz 14.90 bln surplus in exports, imports

Angola’s trade balance recorded a surplus of Kz 14.90 billion in 2022, with an increase of 7.59% compared to 2021 results.

Final results of external trade calculated in 2022 indicate a positive annual rate of 9.91% for exports and 14.42% for imports, compared to the same period of the previous year.

The country put at 13. 8 billion kwanzas the balance in 2021.

According to the publication released by National Institute of Statistics (INE), Angola’s main partners in exports in 2022, were China (43.70%), India (10.24%), France (7.25%), the Netherlands (6.83%) and Spain (4.43%).

To those countries, Angola exported various products, with stress to mineral fuels (94.92%), pearls, stones and precious metals (3.97%).

In terms of imports, Angola bought goods and services from China (16.02%), Portugal (10.77%), South Korea (9.24%), the Netherlands (6.84%) and India (6.10%).

From those countries, Angola acquired various products such as mineral fuels (22.42%), machines and appliances (with 18.57%), food (with 12.24%), chemicals (9.35%), vehicles and other means of transport (9.03%).

In the African continent, the main export partners were South Africa (47.01%), Malawi (13.58%), DRC (12.75%), São Tomé and Príncipe (5. 04%) and Togo (4.39%).

The Imports occurred from South Africa (54.65%), Togo (12.82%), Namibia (7.17%), Morocco (6.43%) and Egypt (3.07%).

During the year 2022, according to the classification by major economic categories (CGCE), the goods that had the greatest share in total exports were fuels and lubricants (94.45%),

industrial supplies not specified in other categories (4.95%).

Meanwhile, in the total value of imports, the most outstanding were industrial supplies not specified in other categories (23.59%), fuels and lubricants (22.31%) capital goods, except transport equipment, accessories, food products and drinks.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Italy stresses Angola’s role in promotion of peace in Africa

Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella considered Angola “a promoter of peace and stability on the African continent”.

The Italian Head of State was speaking to the press on Wednesday in Rome, at the end of the meeting with the Angolan counterpart, João Lourenço.

The statesman underlined that there is a common will to cooperate against wars, within the UN framework.

“We are aware of your role in some peace initiatives”, said the Italian leader, Sergio Mattarella, who asked his Angolan counterpart João Lourenço to evaluate the situation in the Great Lakes region and in Sudan.

“It was very interesting, he went on, to listen to his indications. He also spoke of the need for increasing growing collaboration between Angola and the European Union.

On the occasion, the Italian statesman said that the private meeting was also under analysis of Italy’s commitment to exert pressure within the Union so that collaboration with Angola grows.

Flanked by his Angolan counterpart, President Sergio Mattarella stressed that the two States are against wars in the world and, in particular, the one of “Russia and Ukraine”.

He called for international collaboration, respect for all States, their independence, sovereignty and increasing collaboration under the banner of multilateralism.

The Angolan President, João Lourenço, arrived Tuesday in Rome, capital of Italy, for a two-day state visit.

Angolan Head of State is visiting Italy at the invitation of President Sergio Mattarella, who paid his official visit to Angola in February 2019.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola president highlights potential of cooperation with Italy

Angolan head of State João Lourenço acknowledged Wednesday in Rome, Italy, the existence of great potential for development of bilateral cooperation relations with Italy.

He expressed this to the press at the Presidential Palace in Rome, where he held a meeting with his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, as part of a two-day visit to the European country.

João Lourenço said there was still great potential to be explored, “there is still much to do”.

Angolan Statesman referred to the fact that the Italian presence in Angola today is restricted, above all, to the sectors of energy, agriculture as well as defence and security.

“We want that Italian investors join other sectors of the Angolan economy, such as ornamental stones, wood industries (furniture manufacturing), pharmaceuticals, among others”, he said.

The Statesman noted that the country’s doors are open to receive Italian investors.

On the conversation, the Angolan President added that the time was used to address not only bilateral issues of an economic nature, but also cultural cooperation between the two countries.

He added that Italy has one of the best universities in the world, where there is a certain number of Angolan students. But it is in the interest of the Angolan authorities that this number can increase.

During the statement, he reaffirmed the country’s support for the Italian capital (Rome) to host Expo Universal 2030.

He said that the meeting also reviewed the world issues, like those of various armed conflicts that, “unfortunately, still exist in Africa”.

He mentioned, as example, the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as the tense situation in the countries of the so-called Sahel region, which include Mali, Borkina Faso, Guinea, Nigeria and Sudan.

As of the armed conflict in Sudan, the Angolan statesman said it has so far

claimed many lives and internally displaced and refugees, as well as the

destruction of property.

The meeting also addressed the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which makes the world to be in the grips of the worst humanitarian, food and energy crisis, never experienced since the World War II, ended in 1945.

President João Lourenço also reiterated the common positions of Angola and Italy in condemning the invasion, occupation and annexation of part of the Ukrainian territory by Russia.

Therefore, they called for an immediate end to the conflict, as well as for a cease-fire to be reached quickly.

However, the parties defended the resumption of negotiations to guarantee peace and security, not only for Ukraine, for Europe, but the world.

He warned that should the peace fails the world risk to face a nuclear conflict, which is regrettable for the whole world.

Angolan president visit to Rome comes to reciprocate the visit of the Italian Statesman, Sergio Mattarella, to Angola, in 2019, in this case, the first Italian Head of State to visit the country.

The two countries formalised diplomatic and cooperation relations on June 4, 1976 and on August 3, 1977 they signed the Technical Cooperation Agreement, as well as the Memorandum of Intents, through which the Angola/Italy Joint Commission was created.

Both States signed the first legal instrument called the Air Transport Agreement on April 10, 1976.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Namibian asylum seekers in UK still a concern: Moore

The Namibian and United Kingdom (UK) governments are trying to find reasons for the increasing number of young Namibians going to the UK to claim asylum, British High Commissioner to Namibia, Charles Moore, has said.

Speaking to the media during a courtesy visit to State House on Tuesday, Moore said a large number of Namibians are still going to the UK to claim asylum, which remains a concern for the UK government.

In September 2022, Moore raised concern over the many young Namibians turning up in the UK claiming asylum to secure job opportunities, stressing that asylum is not for people looking for employment in the UK and that Namibians are abusing the system.

He noted that at one point in 2022, Namibia had the highest number of people seeking asylum in the UK.

Moore said Namibians are claiming asylum with various reasons, however, after assessment a vast number of cases have no grounds to claim asylum, noting that most people actually see a potential for a better life and economic enhancement in the UK.

“We still see a large number of Namibians claiming asylum in the UK, it has not decreased. We are still working on how we might address this and we have been talking to the Namibian government as well as trying to find reasons for it and see the ways to decrease it. No decision has been taken just yet… but we are still quite concerned about the numbers,” he noted.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

SADC to review progress on disaster risk management programmes

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Committee of Ministers Responsible for Disaster Risk Management will meet in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday to review the region’s preparedness to address disaster risks and mitigate disaster impacts.

A statement issued by the SADC Secretariat on Wednesday said the meeting, taking place in Kinshasa, will assess progress on the implementation of SADC programmes aimed at strengthening the region’s readiness to deal with disaster risks and minimising the impact of disasters.

The ministers will also sign an Intergovernmental Memorandum of Agreement among SADC Member States to establish the SADC Humanitarian and Emergency Operations Centre.

The statement said the meeting will receive updates on the implementation of disaster risk management programmes and the status of the implementation of decisions made by the SADC Summit of Heads of State and SADC Council of Ministers.

The meeting will be chaired by Peter Kazadi Kankolongo, DRC’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Security, in his capacity as the chairperson of the Committee of SADC Ministers Responsible for Disaster Risk Management.

He will be assisted by Angèle Makombo N’tumba, the SADC Deputy Executive Secretary in charge of Regional Integration, who will be speaking on behalf of the Executive Secretary of SADC.

The ministers will discuss a number of issues, including the development and implementation of the regional disaster risk financing facility and the operationalisation of the SADC Humanitarian and Emergency Operations Centre.

The centre is based in Mozambique and is intended to coordinate humanitarian and emergency support for member states affected by disasters.

The ministers will also consider the Regional Multi-Hazard Planning Framework 2022-2030, the SADC Regional Multi-Hazard Contingency Plan 2022-2023, and the proposed SADC Disaster Risk Management Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2030.

In addition, they will review the status of the activities of the regional vulnerability assessment and analysis programme.

The meeting of the SADC Senior Officials Responsible for Disaster Risk Management is preceded by the meeting of the Committee of SADC Ministers Responsible for Disaster Risk Management held on Wednesday and Thursday.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Sixteen Namibian youth selected for Mandela Washington Fellowship programme

The United States (US) Embassy has announced the selection of 16 participants from eight regions in Namibia for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The six-week professional development programme, hosted by college and university campuses across the United States, will help fellows develop their leadership skills through academic study, workshops, mentoring, networking with US leaders, and collaboration with local community members.

The embassy in a press release on Tuesday said the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which was established in 2014, is the flagship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and reflects the United States’ commitment to investing in Africa’s future.

YALI was founded in 2010 to assist young Africans in promoting economic growth and prosperity, strengthening democratic governance, and enhancing peace and security across Africa, according to the statement.

“The Mandela Washington Fellowship has brought together approximately 6 000 young leaders from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2014,” it said.

It added that in June, 28 educational institutions in 20 states and the District of Columbia will host Leadership Institutes for about 700 Mandela Washington Fellows.

To date, the US Embassy in Namibia has sent over 140 young leaders to the US to engage in the programme.

The participants selected for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship are Eunice Shapange from the Oshana Region; Ngundambiriko Katire (Otjozondjupa Region); Kina Indongo (Khomas); Joseph Ndondi (Ohangwena); Nelao Immanuel (Khomas); Fredrick Shipipa (Kavango East); Beatrice Schultz (Erongo); Rosalia Joseph (Otjozondjupa); Ellen Nanyeni (Khomas); Ruben Ndatitangi Angala (Khomas); Beverlyn Ganes (Kunene); Romanus Kanyanga (Hardap ); Fillemon Aupokolo (Khomas); Shange-Ndamona Mungoba (Oshana); Mose Ndjarakana (Khomas) and Laina Ndeshitila (Omusati).

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

The embassy in a press release yesterday said the Mandela Washington Fellowship

The United States (US) Embassy has announced the selection of 16 participants from eight regions in Namibia for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The six-week professional development programme, hosted by college and university campuses across the United States, will help fellows develop their leadership skills through academic study, workshops, mentoring, networking with US leaders, and collaboration with local community members.

The embassy in a press release yesterday said the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which was established in 2014, is the flagship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and reflects the United States’ commitment to investing in Africa’s future.

YALI was founded in 2010 to assist young Africans in promoting economic growth and prosperity, strengthening democratic governance, and enhancing peace and security across Africa, according to the statement.

“The Mandela Washington Fellowship has brought together approximately 6 000 young leaders from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2014,” it said.

In June, 28 educational institutions in 20 states and the District of Columbia will host Leadership Institutes for about 700 Mandela Washington Fellows.

To date, the US Embassy in Namibia has sent over 140 young leaders to the US to engage in the programme.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Beef exports below 2022 levels in April: Meat Board

Namibia’s beef exports decreased from 958 221 kilogrammes (kg) in April 2022 to 881 535kg in April 2023, representing an 8.0 per cent decrease.

This is according to the Meat Board of Namibia’s latest monthly report, which was availed to this agency on Wednesday.

According to the report, local beef uptake improved due to better domestic margins (expressed by the difference between local retail prices and producer carcass prices), resulting in Namibia reducing beef exports.

Local beef retail prices in April 2023 averaged N.dollars 96.30/kg.

It also said the livestock and meat industry experienced mixed results in April 2023, with positive growth in the cattle and sheep sectors offset by reductions in the goat and pig sectors. Beef and sheep producer prices rose month-on-month in April 2023 compared to March 2023 levels, while livestock producer prices fell at auctions.

Despite more meat being produced by export-approved abattoirs in April 2023, beef exports fell as more exportable meat was diverted to the domestic market. Mutton exports, on the other hand, surged in April 2023 as a result of higher volumes exported to South Africa and Norway by the two export-approved abattoirs.

Year-to-date beef exports stood at 2 533 748 kg by the end of April 2023, down from 3 001 904 kg in the same period in 2022. Because of increasing local availability of beef offal, which has traditionally dominated the import basket, beef imports have remained below 2022 levels.

Beef imports were 47.8 per cent lower year-on-year than during the same period in 2022, while year-to-date imports were similarly 49.6 per cent lower than during the same period in 2022.

The report further said as a result of improved sheep slaughter activity, mutton exports increased by 136.7 per cent during April 2023 compared to April 2022. South Africa remains the dominant export destination for Namibian lamb and mutton, taking up 57.3 per cent of all exports, whereas the remaining 42.7 per cent of exports went to Norway.

It noted that the Norwegian market is a lucrative destination for boneless lamb and supports value addition in the sheep sector resulting in better sheep producer prices.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Local beef retail prices in April 2023 averaged N.dollars 96.30/kg.

Namibia’s beef exports decreased from 958 221 kilogrammes (kg) in April 2022 to 881 535kg in April 2023, representing an 8.0 per cent decrease.

This is according to the Meat Board of Namibia’s latest monthly report, which was availed to this agency today.

According to the report, local beef uptake improved due to better domestic margins (expressed by the difference between local retail prices and producer carcass prices), resulting in Namibia reducing beef exports.

Local beef retail prices in April 2023 averaged N.dollars 96.30/kg.

It also said the livestock and meat industry experienced mixed results in April 2023, with positive growth in the cattle and sheep sectors offset by reductions in the goat and pig sectors.

Beef and sheep producer prices rose month-on-month in April 2023 compared to March 2023 levels, while livestock producer prices fell at auctions.

Despite more meat being produced by export-approved abattoirs in April 2023, beef exports fell as more exportable meat was diverted to the domestic market.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency