Lilongwe – Angolan President João Lourenço and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez this week sealed an agreement to co-operate in fishing, agriculture and industry.
The agreement comes at a time Angola is diversifying its economy away from oil and Spain is seeking ways to cushion itself from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a signing ceremony in Luanda, President Lourenço said, “We have here a trade of millions of consumers from across the continent who can absorb the goods that are produced here in Angola as a result of the partnership between our two states, the partnership between Spanish and Angolan businesspeople.”
In his remarks, PM Sanchez hailed Angola as an important regional actor.
“Its commitment to peace and stability are important assets that have given Angola weight, respect and influence in achieving peaceful, dialogue-based solutions to the conflicts in the region.
“We welcomed President Lourenço’s commitment to mediation and the search for dialogue-based solutions to the conflicts in the three major regions of Sub-Saharan Africa: the Gulf of Guinea, the Great Lakes and Southern Africa,” he said.
Bilateral ties between Angola and Spain have grown in recent years, with an increased number of companies from the European country doing business in the Southern African nation.