Angola expects to have no problems with oil resources minimum for the next 10-20 years.
As the country is extremely poor and with one of the lowest living standards even if compared only with Africa, it views oil as a resource for prosperity and improvement of the quality of life. Thereof, there is little to no efforts toinvest in ecological programs, especially not such which could be in the long term as profitable as the oil industry is right now. On March 3rd 2010, the Secretary of State for Energy said that there are continuous efforts to bring electricity to all the country. Thus, they are starting a new project of a power plant to be set up in the capital which is expected to supply some areas locally.Electricity is available to less than 20% of Angolan citizens; and that electricity is not sufficiently reliable.
Thus, Angola seems to be much more disposed to an industrial oriented branded content which will bring in more investors for their pressing needs – providing basic commodities for the people and building up their infrastructure.
Angola is governed by a presidentwho is assisted by a prime minister and 31 cabinet ministers, all appointed by the president. Political power is concentrated in the presidency. Angola has eighteen provinces (provincias, singular - provincia); Bengo, Benguela, Bie, Cabinda, Cuando Cubango, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, Cunene, Huambo, Huila, Luanda, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Malanje, Moxico, Namibe, Uige, Zaire
President--Jose Eduardo dos Santos
Prime Minister—Antonio Paulo Kassoma
Minister of the Economy—Manuel Nunes Junior
Minister of External Affairs—Assuncao Afonso dos Anjos
Minister of the Interior--Roberto Leal Monteiro Ngongo
Minister of Finance—Eduardo Leopoldo Severim de Morais
Minister of Defense--Kundi Paihama
Minister of Petroleum—Jose Maria Botelho de VasconcelosMinister of Planning--Ana Afonso Dias Lourenço
Ambassador to the United States--Josefina Perpetua Pitra Diakite
Permanent Representative to the United Nations--Ismael Gaspar Martins
Minister of Petrolium: Jose Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos
Av 4 de Fevereiro, 105
BP 1279 Luanda
Tel: (244 2) 337 440
Fax: (244 2) 337 440
Vasconcelos was Minister of Petroleum from 1999 to 2002. In thelatter year he was replaced as Minister of Petroleum by Desiderio Costa and was instead appointed as Minister of Energy and Water. Following the Elections in September 2008, Vasconcelos was again appointed as Minister of Petroleum on 1 October 2008. He was designated as President of the OPEC for 2009. In late 2009 made the following statement regarding the OPEC activity: “The latest projections inOPEC's reference case see world oil demand rising by 20 million bpd to 106 million between 2008 and 2030.”
In the press: Interview done with him in 2001: http://www.winne.com/topinterviews/Angola-MinPetroleum-interv.htm
Since Portugal handed over sovereignty of its former overseas province of Angola to the local independentist groups (MPLA, UNITA, and FNLA), theterritory of Cabinda has been a focus of separatist guerrilla actions opposing the local government (which has employed its military forces, the FAA – Forças Armadas Angolanas) and Cabindan separatists. The Cabindan separatists, FLEC-FAC, announced a virtual Federal Republic of Cabinda under the Presidency of N'Zita Henriques Tiago. One of the characteristics of the Cabindan independence movement is itsconstant fragmentation, into smaller and smaller factions, in a process which although not totally fomented by the Angolan government, is undoubtedly encouraged and duly exploited by it.
The different areas of Angola have a very different climate. Lubango has a mild temperate climate, Luanda is hot and dry, while Cabinda is steamy and tropical.
Angola with respect to oil...