2019 to see the re-launch of Angola-Belgium Joint Commission

  • September 12, 2018

The Kingdom of Belgium will strengthen cooperation with the Angolan authorities in the diamond, defence and transport sectors, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders announced in Luanda on Tuesday.

The head of Belgian diplomacy was received by the Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, with whom he addressed issues of bilateral interest.

To the press, Didier Reynders said that his country will expand investments in Angolan territory and, in this sense, will happen in 2019, the re-launch of the Angola-Belgium Joint Commission.

As part of the reforms carried out by the Angolan executive, he said that Belgium intends to help the Angolan authorities in the marketing, control, management and production of diamonds.

Belgium, according to Didier Reynders, in the Antwerp area has developed a new technique for the control of pure and synthetic diamonds and therefore intends to monitor good management and transparency in the diamond trade.

Another issue that dominated the audience at the Presidential Palace was the current situation in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, at a time when Belgium is preparing to become a non-permanent member of the Council from January 2019 United Nations Security Council.

In Burundi, an African country in the Great Lakes Region, the situation is worrying because of a worsening humanitarian crisis, while the DRC is holding elections in December. The intention of the         Belgian Government is to help these countries achieve peace.

The Republic of Angola and the Kingdom of Belgium have been cooperating since 1976. On 26 April 1983 they signed an Agreement on Economic, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation which established the legal framework for the partnership and established the Joint Committee.

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