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The opinion of the italian ambassador in Angola

15 April 2010

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Angola is one of most African countries rich in raw materials: there are diamonds, oil, iron and copper, agriculture produces large quantities of coffee, sisal, sugar cane, palm oil, corn and cotton. However the pages of the book in its history have not been filled episodes "always happy". What happened after the peace accords reached in 2002?

"It is a country that has suffered much: a first slave exploitation and colonial rule lasted several centuries, then a war of independence and the establishment of a Marxist system, then a civil war that lasted thirty years even with foreign assistance (South Africa, Cuba). Generations of farmers, artisans, workers have been deleted while for almost twenty years the company has adopted all the rules of Marxism Africa more stringent. With the peace agreement of 2002 the country has practically had to start again weave the web of its development, but is faced with enormous tasks in health, transport, education, demining, the resettlement of former soldiers and displaced persons. "

The foreign trade is active mainly thanks to oil exports and many others. Luanda is the capital and largest city of Angola: thanks to its geographical location, being situated over the Atlantic Ocean, is also an important seaport. What are the methodologies used for trade facilitation?

"Statistics do not fully represent the reality in the sense that many things go well read and well understood. In shops and supermarkets in Luanda there is a significant presence of Italian products, but the trade statistics do not indicate exactly the volume of our exports because the trade channels are activated mainly through Portugal, so a large quantity of products exported by Italian figure ' Italy to Portugal and then re-exported from Angola. At the end of 2005, however our presence in the Angolan market has grown by 38% compared to 2004. Italy now holds 3.5% of the Angolan market that has great absorption capacity and this figure is encouraging. To facilitate trade would require the creation of a Joint Chamber of Commerce and strengthen the presence of the Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) which now covers Angola, with its office in Johannesburg, and to be present at Country in the annual fair of Luanda. Between the two countries also exists an agreement for the protection and promotion of investment that has been approved by the Angolan Government in December 2005. It now awaits parliamentary ratification (the Italian has already spoken) to become operational. "

The Angolan industry includes the production of food, beverages, textiles, cement and other materials. Luanda, as already stated, has an excellent natural harbor, which would create good trade. There has been an evolution of the economy in the country you represent, also in the wake of the development of multilateral relations?

"Angola is a country roughly four times larger than Italy with a population four times smaller, but  with not only huge mineral resources, but also agricultural and livestock. Through a proper agricultural and industrial policy could feed at least 50 million inhabitants, while at present 75% of the population still lives below the poverty line with an average income of two to three dollars a day. Obviously we need investment and especially the rehabilitation of the entire network infrastructure. Its economic growth in late 2005 has been between 16% and the forecast for 2006 is 27% under, above all, increased mining capacity (oil and diamonds) and the doubling of international oil prices. Its current production of 1 ½ million barrels of crude per day and 7 and a half million carats of diamonds a year makes it an economic power of respect. In the oil sector, in addition to French and American companies, ENI also plays an important role with an equity of nearly 14% of  the Angolan product, while in the diamond industry is flourishing relations with South Africa, Russia, Belgium and Israel. "

Angola offers exciting opportunities in every field under the framework outlined so far for those who can find them with seriousness and realism. Are there channels of information from which to draw for implementing a business?

"The ANIP (National Agency for Investment  in Angola), in collaboration with ICE and the Embassy of Angola in Italy, held in Milan (November 2005) a presentation of the country in Italian business circles concerned. It 'was a promotional event that was attended by dozens of our exporters and industrialists. The Italian Embassy in Luanda, for its part, has worked together through the publication of a guide to the Italian trader (including information and data on the economy as well as Angolan legislation): it is distributed free to those who request them (segreteria.luanda @ esteri.it) or by connecting to the website of the Embassy www.ambluanda.esteri.it/Ambasciata_Luanda.”

Are there bureaucratic facilities to invest in this country?

"This is perhaps the most delicate aspects of work that suffers from excessive bureaucracy and lack of local qualified personnel. But the Italians are great at finding a local adaptation of difficulties because they have a great human energy, a lively intelligence and a fruitful imagination. The advice should be stressed, however, is to not to indulge in practices that lack transparency in the long run end up being harmful as well as breaking the law. "

Can you introduce the reasons why a tourist should visit the Angola?

"This is a country that has the marine and forest scenery of incomparable beauty. Unfortunately, the shelters are completely inadequate and poor services rendered are not considered missing at all facilities for inland transport. Entrepreneurship Italian tourist, who played a decisive role in the development of the coasts of Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, etc.. Could here play a hitch. "

How would you describe the role of the Embassy in the activities of international cooperation?

"The role of the Embassy is to promote bilateral relations between the two countries and their institutions. Obviously today the excellent bilateral relations also pass through business. Once, at the time of the British Empire, it was said "trade FOLLOWS the flag" and today is exactly the reverse "flag follows the trade" in the sense that political relations are strengthened between countries that share a vision of growth ' economy and bilateral exchanges. The Embassy of Italy for many years represented in Luanda the role of leading the country in an effort of cooperation and development aid. Now it's time to open the partnership."

Excursus vitae

The stages of the career of Torquato Cardilli:

- Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples: 1966 degree in oriental languages and civilizations; 1967 graduate in political science for the East.

- 1967 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate-General for Political Affairs, Office III;

- Second Secretary in Khartoum 1969 - 1972 First Secretary in Damascus, Head of Protection of the interests of the United States of America;

- 1974 Counselor in Baghdad;

- 1976 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of the Ceremonial Secretariat;

- 1979 in Tripoli, First Counselor, Head of Service to protect the interests of Somalia;

- 1982 First Counselor in the Hague;

- 1987 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of the Centre for Information Technology;

- 1991 Ambassador in Tirana;

- 1993 Ambassador in Dar-Es-Salaam, also accredited in the Comoros;

- 1997 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reporting directly to the first General Secretary and then Secretary of the General Council of Italians abroad;

- 2000 Ambassador in Riyadh;

- 2003 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretary of the General Council of Italians abroad;

- 2005 Ambassador in Luanda, also accredited to Sao Tome and Principe.

Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic, 1992. Commander of the Order of Orange Nassau, 1997.

Knight Officer of the Order of Dannebrog, 1978. The Italian Embassy in Luanda is located in the center of the city of Ingombota (Rua Americo Boavida, 49/51), in an elegant building with two floors dedicated appliances attached to the Consular Section and Section of the Italian Cooperation (UTL ).

It was officially opened by Vice-Minister for Productive Activities Hon Adolfo Urso, during his visit of July 2004.

The garden of the Chancellery has received recognition by the city of Luanda (with plate) as the best garden in the city.


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