The works of installation of the new international airport in Luanda, started in 2007, located in the commune of Bom Jesus, municipality of Icolo e Bengo, Luanda, were inspected, Monday, by the head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos. In a two-hour visit, the Head of State, after his arrival at the site was briefed on the generality of what has been done and what remains to complete, by the minister of Transport, Augusto da Silva Tomas and of Urbanisation and Housing, José da Silva and also by the representative of China International Fund Limited, responsible for the works.
Since 1958, GE has been operating in Angola where they have worked hard to expand their portfolio in the country. With the introduction of GE Transportation, the company delivered its first diesel locomotive to the Angolan Rail Company in 1967. Today, GE Angola employs more than 600 people across important economic sectors, which include oil and gas, power and water, rail transportation, energy and healthcare. GE is working closely with the Angolan government to help the country achieve the goals set out in the energy sector revitalisation programme known as Vision 2025. As a result of this relationship, Angola has had the opportunity to explore a wide range of opportunities, including innovative power generation techniques as well as modernising the transportation sector.
Available capital isn't the only obstacle to economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Another major hurdle is the lack of reliable electricity. In fact, large parts of the region have no power at all. This makes it hard for entrepreneurs to build businesses, create jobs and generate wealth. But things are changing. This week, Angola, Africa's third-largest economy, signed a deal with GE to supply the final 200 megawatts (MW) of power needed to meet the government's goal of installing 1 gigawatt (GW) of new power generation capacity by the end of 2018.
The Integrated Centre for Technological Training (Cinfotec) in the year 2017 intends to train and certify about 3,578 citizens, with a view to surpassing the figure achieved in 2016, which is 2,578, said last Thursday, in Luanda, the institution's general director, Gilberto Figueira. Deliverying a speech at the ceremony that served to open the 2017 term, Gilberto Figueira said it is fundamental to endow professional with the right competences and tools in areas like electricity, mechatronics, information and communication technologies, and meteorology.