Bilateral relations between Norway and Angola are solid and long-standing with the celebration, this year, of 40 years of diplomatic relations and 20 years of representation in Angola. What started as popular movements in Norway for independence of Angola in the 1970s is now a vibrant and valuable partnership. In fact, Angola is Norway’s most important economic partner in Sub-Saharan Africa. The extensive direct Norwegian investments in the Angolan oil and gas sector can only be matched by financial investments in countries like South Africa. Even though Norwegian involvement is primarily related to the oil and gas sector, our cooperation in the fisheries sector also continues to thrive, with Angola being an important market for Norwegian dried cod.
Norwegian development cooperation in Angola is primarily focused on technical cooperation and capacity development within five key sectors; petroleum (Oil for Development), fisheries, human rights, renewable energy and academic research. The achievements of the development cooperation initiatives are realized as a result of our very close collaborations and partnerships with relevant Angolan authorities (Ministries, Departments and other government institutions), research institutions, multilateral organisations, civils society organisations and private sector organisations.
NORAD is supporting the civil society in Angola through the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA). The support to the civil society primarily focuses on technical assistance and capacity building of a variety of human rights organisations and contributes to ensure these organisations’s professionalism and subsequently enhance their impact. Since most other donors have withdrawn their support to Angola, Norway is one of the largest contributors to the Angolan civil society. Also, financed by the US, Japan and Norway, Norwegian Peoples Aid is engaged in mine clearing in Northern and Eastern Angola.
Since 2011, annual consultations with Angola have been conducted to discuss human rights in general and in Angola and Norway in particular. In 2015, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Morten Høglund, led the first delegation in meetings with State Secretary for Human Rights, Bento Bembe. In Mai 2016 the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chikoti participated in the Nordic-African Foreign Ministers’ meeting and signed an MoU to support bilateral political consultations. Latest, in March 2017 State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tone Skogen, led a delegation to continue the discussion on economic and political interests and the consultations on human rights.
In addition to promote Norwegian economic and political interests in Angola the embassy also provides consular assistance to Norwegian citizens and provide service to foreigners who wish to visit or move to Norway.