Africa-Press – Angola. The Long-Term Strategy- Angola 2050 considers the private sector as the “engine” of the country’s economic growth and development, unlike the previous one, 2020/2025, which reserved this role for the State.
This statement was made by the Secretary of State for the Economy, Ivan Emanuel Marques dos Santos, made this Friday, in Mbanza Kongo, province of Zaire, at the opening of the public hearing and consultation act on this programmatic document.
It considered Angola 2050 as a central instrument of the National Planning System, with a vision of development and long-term economic growth, as a result of the revision of the previous one, Angola 2025.
He pointed out five axes that were at the base of the elaboration of the new strategy, namely investment in human capital, in infrastructures in the areas of energy, roads, telecommunications and others, as well as the diversification of the national economy.
The rational use of the country’s natural resources, in order to serve future generations, the right to equal opportunities complement the aforementioned axes that guided the elaboration of the long-term strategy, according to the official.
In order to guarantee its full and successful implementation, the Secretary of State for the economy listed three principles that were observed in its preparation, namely easy monitoring, the search for economic and financial coherence, as well as the need for greater articulation between the intervening ministerial sectors.
On the occasion, he appealed to the participants to contribute to the enrichment of this instrument, regardless of their political party convictions.
In turn, the vice-governor of Zaire for the political, social and economic sector, Afonso Nzolameso, considered the consultation act as a sovereign opportunity for them to outline the future together, defining priority actions according to needs and specific conditions of each province.
He said that it is difficult to define development priorities for a province like Zaire, rich in natural and mineral resources, with abundant arable land and a river basin conducive to the practice of intensive agriculture.
In the view of the vice-governor, training staff is, in fact, a priority for the region, with emphasis on the social sciences and humanities, such as History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology and other related subjects, to meet local needs.
The construction of communication routes to connect the different locations in the province, from the Luvo border market, in Mbanza Kongo, with a view to increasing tax revenue, are also among the priorities for Zaire, according to Afonso Nzolameso.
He referred that the Government of Zaire continues to call for private investment in the region, in order to explore the existing potential, generate jobs and create income and wealth for the local population.
He wished those present a debate that would allow to contribute to the document valuable suggestions, opinions and ideas that reflect the current reality of the province and the vision of what is expected for the next 27 years, within the scope of the implementation of this Angola 2050 strategy, in the country.
Members of the Provincial Government, municipal administrators, academics, representatives of civil society organizations, political parties with seats in the National Assembly, religious and traditional entities, among others, took part in the public consultation.