Angola - Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to attend inauguration of President Joao Lourenço (Luanda, 26 September 2017)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the minister for Europe and foreign affairs, will be in Luanda on September 26 to attend the inauguration of Joao Lourenço, president elect of the Republic of Angola, with whom he will have a meeting.

On this occasion, Mr. Lemoyne will reaffirm France’s wish to strengthen its partnership with Angola, especially on the economic front. During his trip, he will visit the French lycée in Luanda and will meet with the French community.

Angola is an important partner in Africa that actively contributes to peace and regional security, and with which we have a close, regular dialogue, particularly on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

Angola is the third-largest recipient of foreign direct investment in sub-Saharan Africa. Seventy French companies are located there, not only in the oil industry, in which we have a large presence, but also in logistics, port services, agrifoods, health, and catering.

The French Development Agency has just signed a new agreement with Angolan officials to give a boost to these activities. It was concretized by an initial loan of €150 million in the water sector.

Our two countries have also strengthened cooperation on higher education and French language and cultural activities.