Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Special visitor at airport

Chennai: The Chennai airport had a special visitor on Saturday, when the President of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, with his delegation and the First Lady, made a nearly 18-hour stopover, on his way back to Luanda, from Japan. The head of the southwestern African country and his ministerial delegation were on board the special flight, a Boeing 737-7BBJ, operated by the Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet Group, which touched down at around 3.15 p.m.

Capt. G. Ramaswamy, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Angola for South India, told The Hindu that Mr. Lourenço was in Japan to take part in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), that was held on August 28-30, 2019, at Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama city. He said Angola, which is sub-Saharan Africa’s third-largest economy, was in the process of engaging with the international community by unveiling an extensive reforms programme. The resource-rich and oil-exporting nation is also focusing on ties with partner countries like Japan, he said, with some of the key areas being investments, information and communication technologies, food processing, textiles, education, health and tourism.
04/09/19 The Hindu
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