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Country Report Angola

  • ID: 2114010
  • April 2015
  • Region: Angola
  • 24 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Denis Sassou-Nguesso, the president of Congo (Brazzaville), made a three-day state visit to Angola during which governments of both countries stressed a commitment to building on strong bilateral ties to develop more economic partnerships.

Congo and Angola have long enjoyed strong political ties, dating back to pre-independence liberation struggles, but trade between the two countries has been limited. Angola imported some US$25m-worth of goods from Congo in 2014, and exported some US$750,000. While there is significant potential for localised crossborder movement of goods, especially food, this has been held back by border tensions amid allegations from Angolan politicians that Congo has helped shelter militants from separatist group Frente para a Libertação do Enclave de Cabinda (FLEC), which is claiming independence for a small province bordering Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

On the sidelines of presidential talks, Angola's foreign minister, Georges Chikoti, held a Bilateral Co-operation Commission with his Congolese counterpart, Basile Ikouébé. A number of accords were signed, including an agreement to strengthen crossborder trade, while Mr Ikouébé called for a strong "axis" between Brazzaville and Luanda.

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