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Namibia, Angola Ministers Discuss Natural Resources, Combat Trafficking

Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo hosted an Angolan delegation headed by that
country’s Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, in
Windhoek this week, to exchange experiences in the field of mining, mining cadastre
and hydrocarbons and on combating fuel trafficking.
Headed by minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, the
delegation hold a technical meeting to exchange experiences with the Ministry of Mining
and Energy of Namibia.
The two-day event saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Angola
and Namibia in the field of mineral resources and hydrocarbons.
The parties addressed issues such as the mining registry, legislation and tax regime for
the diamond cutting industry, research and exploration of offshore diamonds, as well as
exchange of experiences in terms of legislation and tax regime for uranium research and
exploitation.
The Angolan Minister’s delegation included the National Director for Mineral
Resources, the Director General of the National Oil Institute and the Oil Derivatives
Regulatory Institute, the chairmen of the boards of the National Agency for Mineral
Resources, the Geological Institute of Angola, Endiama and Sociedade de
Comercialização de Diamantes de Angola (Sodiam), as well as two directors of the
National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANPG), oil company Sonangol and officials from
the National Petroleum Institute (INP).
“The INP will present its set of courses focused on mining and hydrocarbons, followed
by an exchange of experiences between the two countries in the field of exploration and
production of hydrocarbons in reserved areas (such as the Okavango), as well as
investment opportunities in the mining and hydrocarbon industries,” an earlier Angolan
government statement said.
The two countries also discussed measures to combat cross-border trafficking: “The
fight against fuel trafficking across the common border will be another issue under
analysis, followed by topics such as the Lobito refinery and copper processing,” the
statement said.
The programme also included visits to the Namibian Mining Cadastre and Diamond
Cutting Factories and a thematic meeting and signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding between Angola and Namibia in Mineral Resources and Hydrocarbons.
Late last year, the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during
Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) 2022 Conference and Exhibition in Luanda to enhance bilateral
cooperation in the petroleum and natural gas sector and improve the mutual social,
economic and environmental interests between the two countries.

The MoU is also poised to promote and strengthen cooperation between Angola and
Namibia within the fields of petroleum and natural gas by establishing an institutional
framework that facilitates the exchange of information, the management of data
management and geological studies, and the development of joint projects.
Additionally, the MoU will address the challenges of the energy transition within the
African context and encourage local capacity building between the neighbouring
countries through technological cooperation and the transfer of skills.
At this stage of the energy transition, the holder of the oils defends the need for this
mineral resource to continue to demonstrate its importance for the development of the
country, with emphasis on improving the quality of life of the population.
The MoU further reaffirmed Angola’s position as a leader in African energy, allowing the
southern African country to leverage its position as Africa’s largest oil producer and
share its expertise across the energy industry in pursuit of regional market development.

Staff Writer

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