EU advocates more information about the benefits of the Lobito Corridor

EU advocates more information about the benefits of the Lobito Corridor
EU advocates more information about the benefits of the Lobito Corridor

Africa-Press – Angola. The European Union (EU) delegation in Angola appealed, this Tuesday, in Huambo, to journalists to disseminate more information about the commercial advantages of the Lobito Corridor.

According to the deputy head of cooperation at the EU Delegation in the country, Isabel Emerson, Angolan citizens, the main beneficiaries of the corridor, need to know more about what trade will be like with neighboring countries, in addition to getting involved in debates about its advantages economic benefits in the regional integration of Africa and Europe.

The person in charge was speaking on the sidelines of the training on “Techniques and Principles of Citizen Journalism”, which runs until Thursday, in the city of Huambo, with the participation of 50 journalists from public and private bodies, as well as directors of Social Communication offices from the provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Huíla, Luanda and Malange, which runs until Thursday, in the city of Huambo.

“In the Lobito Corridor, as a vector of national and regional development, an important master plan is being developed, from which citizens need to have the opportunity to know their economic benefits, their priorities, from warehouses, railway lines, roads, logistics centers, among other gains” he highlighted.

Isabel Emerson stated that the population needs, with this initiative, to boost family and commercial agriculture and the fishing sector, through the sale of products produced, ease of importing inputs and its value chain, in addition to boosting local business..

He said that a memorandum of understanding had been signed at European Union level between the governments of Angola, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States of America, which aims to support the development of the corridor, with the aim of promoting national and regional development..

He added that it will be a challenge to increase national production and improve its quality, which must be done with technical-professional training and the implementation of phytosanitary standards laboratories with international certification for exports from Angola.

The training of journalists, which takes place at the Journalist Training Center (CEFOJOR-Huambo), is an initiative of the Support for Civil Society and Local Administration in Angola (PASCAL) project.

Participants are being trained in subjects related to the “Principles and Ethics of Citizen Journalism”, “Reporting and Collaborative Interviewing Techniques”, “Use of Digital Technologies and Social Networks”, “Critical Analysis and Content Production” and “Studies of Case and Field Practices”.

Lobito Corridor

The Lobito Corridor covers the Port of Lobito, the Mineral Terminal and the Benguela Railway, whose line is 1,344 kilometers to the eastern border of Angola (Luau).

It crosses Southern Africa and is one of the main axes for the circulation of raw materials, products and merchandise, not only within the countries themselves, but, above all, due to the connection it establishes with the world market.

While the Port of Lobito ensures a high percentage of the volume of international trade in the sub-region, the Railway connects the provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Bié and Moxico, in the town of Luau, where it connects with the railway network from DRC and Zambia.

Among CFB’s targeted traffic, such as the transport of containers, fuels, construction materials, among others, minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Katanga region, and Zambia, in the Copperbelt, stand out.

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