What started as popular movements in Norway for the independence of Angola in the 1970s is now a vibrant and strong partnership. Angola is one of 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, Norway also has investments in other parts of the private sector in Angola and the country is an important market for Norwegian seafood.
Norwegian development cooperation in Angola is limited and has been and is primarily focused on technical cooperation and capacity development within sectors like petroleum, fisheries, human rights, renewable energy, academic research, education and civil society. The achievements of the development cooperation initiatives are realised as a result of our very close collaborations and partnerships with relevant Angolan authorities (Ministries, Departments and other government institutions), research institutions, multilateral organisations, civil society organisations and private sector organisations.
Norad is primarily supporting civil society in Angola through the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA). The support to the civil society 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 Since many other donors have withdrawn their support to Angola, Norway is one of the largest contributors to the Angolan civil society. The Norwegian People's Aid is engaged in mine clearing in Northern and Eastern Angola. SOS Children's Villages supports projects in rural parts of the country and support is given through the UNDP to enhance democratisation, the participation of women and job creation for youth. Norwegian support to anti-corruption is primarily given through UNODC, but also an integrated part of the support given to civil society.
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 delegation in meetings with State Secretary for Human Rights, Bento Bembe. Since, consultations have been held on a regular basis, with the last one taking place in Oslo i December 2021 with the Angolan delegation headed by State Secretary Januario and the Norwegian delegation headed by State Secretary Thune. In May 2016 the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chikoti participated in the Nordic-African Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Oslo, and at the same time signed an MoU between Norway and Angola to support bilateral political consultations. The 2nd round of bilateral political consultations were held in Oslo in June 2018, led by the two countries Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The third round took place in Luanda September 2019 and were led by State Secretary Marianne Hagen and (then) State Secretary Tete Antonio.
Prime minister Erna Solberg visited Angola in December 2018 to confirm Norway's support to the current reform programme of President Jõao Lourenco.
In addition to promote Norwegian economic and political interests in Angola the Embassy also provides consular assistance to Norwegian citizens and information to foreign nationals who wish to visit or move to Norway.