João Baptista Borges says that universal access to electricity and variation in energy supply are “priority” at a symposium organized by the Portuguese President of the European Union (EU) as “priority” challenges to be tackled by Angola.
“We face the great challenge of adding the public contribution to the stream, remembering that Angola has a public contribution of 40,” said João Baptista Borges.
The Governor spoke at the virtual symposium “Angola+Green: Opportunities and Challenges of a Green Transit in Angola”, one of the 27 “Green Talks” dedicated to as many African countries and organized by the Portuguese President of the Council of Angola EU at the EU-Africa High Level Forum on Green Investment, scheduled for April 23.
The appearance of how much Angola wants to complete the “system for universal access to electricity” is the “variation of the country’s primary energy”, João Baptista Borges pointed out.
“We have recently started an important project consisting of the construction of about 300 megawatts [MW] of solar power that will allow us to order the sources of our primeval times and to compensate for the reality of long droughts that affect the availability of water and energy,” saidAnother concern of Luanda concerns “the need for training, qualification and, above all, the adaptation of technological solutions to the habits and traditions of the population,” said the minister.
“We need the experience of Portugal and other countries that are part of the European Union, which are at a more advanced stage of production, with the general entry into electricity, but with concerns of a different nature in managing environmental adequacy,” he said. .
Angola is interested not only in acknowledging the spread of “good practices” but also in “solutions that can help better regulate the input of renewable energy, correct legislation”.
“Currently we have a personal schism with the sympathy of the private bid, considering that the state alone will not cover all needs. But for that it is true that Levante is an intriguing and effective negotiation for the private investor”, stressed he the Angolan minister.The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Francisco André, who opened the symposium, said that “government budgets are limited and alliances are essential” for the goals set by countries in the green transit scenarios and environmental sustainability to be achievable.
“When we talk about green transit, we are not only talking about the environment, but also about economic and social opportunities within this whole path of reform and convergence,” he added.
The Lusitanian leader highlighted the opportunity that the next Instrument for Neighbourhood, Development Cooperation and International Cooperation (IVCDCI) would be adopted in mid-March, a gift of 79,500 million euros for EU solidarity with third countries.