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Royal Norwegian Embassy and UNDP sign agreement on vocational training and employment

On Thursday December  17, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement for vocational training and employment. The ceremony  took place at INEFOP's Vocational Training Center in Cazenga, Luanda.

The project, which aims to alleviate the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19 in Angola, aims to increase the development of skills to foster job opportunities through the promotion of Technical and Professional Education and Training in Angola and consequently assist in job creation for the young population of Angola. The he initiative will reach more than 5000 young people through engagement actions and directly benefit 600 young people with technical training grants and professional internships with the direct involvement of INEFOP and social partners in the municipality of Cazenga.

Norway's contribution to this project will be approximately 500,000.00 USD (five hundred thousand US dollars). Norway and Angola recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the co-operation within the education sector.

The event was attended by his Excellency Mr. Kikkan Marshall Haugen, the Norwegian Ambassador to Angola, Mr. Edo Stork, UNDP Resident Representative in Angola, Ms. Zahira Virani, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Angola, Mr. Ivan Yerovi, UNICEF Representative in Angola, Mr. Andrew Trevett, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Angola and Mrs. Egarda Sacramento, INEFOP Deputy National Director.

The Ambassador addressed the young people present with a message of hope for the future and called on them to strive to ensure the success of the project. “This is the Christmas gift from Norway to the youth of Angola”, the ambassador said, “but only your hard work and contributions will make the programme a success”.