The forty-sixth anniversary of National Independence of the Republic of Angola was celebrated virtually this Wednesday (17/11), in Singapore and in other countries under the jurisdiction of the Embassy, in an act presided by His Excellency Ambassador Daniel António Rosa.
The virtual event was also attended by His Excellency the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and for Culture, Community and Youth, Alvin Tan, representing the local Government.
In his speech, His Excellency Ambassador Daniel António Rosa thanked the friendship, fraternity and solidarity that the Peoples of the world have given to the Angolan People, a gesture confirmed by this honourable virtual presence in this commemorative act which takes place under the theme “United, let us build a prosperous Angola”. Prosperity based on the goals and objectives that the country defined within the framework of the National Development Plan (PDN 2018-2022) and the Long-Term Development Strategy, “Angola 2050”, complemented with the 2030 Agenda on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063 “Africa We Want” on the Common Strategic Framework for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development’.
“This Plan, the Development Strategy and the Agendas, which are being implemented, constitute the basis of the remarkable progress that Angola has been recording in recent years, both in the political, economic and financial spheres, as well as in the social and cultural domains”, said the Ambassador.
In this sense, he continued, “the consolidation of a democratic, free and participatory society; the promotion of national unity and cohesion; the promotion of human development and well-being by raising the educational and health level of the population; the promotion of sustainable development; the diversification of the national economy and macroeconomic stabilization; the mitigation of social and regional asymmetries; the promotion and competitive insertion of the country in the world economy, particularly in Africa and the commitment to economic diplomacy capable of attracting foreign private investment, are essential objectives that constitute the “flag” by which His Excellency the President of the Republic, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço , its Government and other institutions put a lot of efforts, capacities and intelligence”.
He said that the Angolan reality registers evident facts that confirm that Angola is walking sustainably in the path traced for its development.
“We are aware that the road ahead is long and it is not, and could not be free from difficulties, including skepticism, states of anxiety and impatience on the part of some, which result in certain demonstrations of citizens who demand from State institutions and entities and burn steps, and more accelerated steps so that the social needs felt on a daily basis are met, in a “blink of an eye”.
“These are natural and normal behaviours in a free, tolerant, inclusive and democratic society that we are building and consolidating, so the Government, in addition to the dynamics it undertakes with the objective of gradually satisfying the legitimate aspirations and expectations of citizens, understands that it is in the permanent social dialogue that existing problems must be clarified and overcome”.
“Governing in a national situation still characterized by varied and complex problems, and their own weaknesses, and in a global context of economic and financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and political and social disturbances, imposes the duty of prudence and serenity on those who conducts the process, in this case the Government, under the risk of jeopardizing all the achievements accomplished over several decades of struggle and sacrifice”, he argued.
“Based on the governance motto “Improving what is good and correcting what is wrong”, the Angolan Government has focused its action on improving mechanisms that generate efficiency and effectiveness in government, incessantly combating the dangerous factors of development, namely economic crime, corruption and impunity that unfortunately have taken root in society, putting into question the greater interest of the Nation”, he referred.
He also said that Angola’s macroeconomic forests point to an economic growth of 2.4% for the year 2022. This growth recovery track is expected to reduce unemployment levels, improve the well-being of citizens and the business environment.
The Head of Mission reported on voting abroad for Angolan communities residing in Singapore, the Philippines and other countries under the jurisdiction of the Embassy, whose unofficial electoral registration is expected to begin in January 2022.
In the context of foreign policy, he recalled that the Republic of Angola maintains its position as an international strategic partner; promoter of peace, stability and harmonious and sustainable development of People, above all in Africa.
According to the Ambassador, “Angola will continue to strengthen its cooperation with the Republic of Singapore and with the other countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of diplomatic coverage of the Embassy.
In relation to Singapore, he added that the “combination of comparative advantages, such as the financial and technological conditions that this country has and the wealth of natural and mineral resources and business opportunities that Angola has, can increase financial flows to our country, thus contributing to the process of socio-economic development, particularly in the construction of infrastructure, manufacturing industry, among other priority sectors.
“At the same time that we register the presence of Singaporean companies in Angola and of the countries of under its jurisdiction, we would like to see Singapore also explore the economic value of these resources in our country, generating and creating more jobs, more infrastructures, training more Angolan staff, and all of this on the basis of technology and knowledge transfer, as these technological, financial and qualified human resources could bring other advantages in economic and financial cooperation, with mutually advantageous results and benefits,” he said.
On climate, he said that the Republic of Angola is strongly committed to the cause of climate change.
Ambassador Daniel António Rosa expressed his desire to see concluded the legal instruments of cooperation that are being negotiated following the signing on 17 August of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Private Investment and Export Promotion Agency (AIPEX) and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, which in his view “contributed inexorably to strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation existing between our two countries and peoples”.
In his turn, the Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and for Culture, Community and Youth, His Excellency Alvin Tan, pointed out that Angola has made great progress since the conquest of its independence in 1975. “It is inspiring to see the progress of your country, despite the challenges of the past, and its commitment to peace and stability, especially in the Great Lakes region.” He expressed the desire to intensify trade between Angola and Singapore, and said he wanted to see more Angolan companies operating in Singapore, besides Sonangol.
Also as part of the National Day celebrations, the Embassy’s Institutional Communication and Digital Marketing Strategy was approved, to follow up economic diplomacy in the 17 countries covered by the Diplomatic Mission. The action aims to fill the information gap that exists about Angola in these countries, as well as to disseminate credible and up-to-date information about the African country’s government. The strategy includes the Digital Diplomatic Newspaper, the Portal, and the increase and use of social networks, through the Embassy’s platforms, such as Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and Facebook, already created. The Gallery of Honour of the Presidents, Ministers of External Relations and Ambassadors of the Republic of Angola was inaugurated. The ceremony was attended virtually by politicians, diplomats, business people, the Angolan community living in Singapore and in the countries under the jurisdiction of the Embassy, and other members of civil society. A similar event took place in Manila, Philippines, where the Embassy has an Office.