Russian Foreign minister expected in Angola

Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will Monday make a one-day visit to Angola.

According to Angolan Foreign ministry statement, the Russia head of diplomacy will meet President João Lourenço during the visit.

He will also meet his Angolan counterpart, Mr Manuel Augusto, with who he is expected to hold discussions on bilateral cooperation.

Angola and Russia started cooperation in 1976 and currently had strong ties in several sectors, including energy, geology, mines, education and defence.

Emission centre

In December, Angola launched into the orbit its $320m satellite, AngoSat 1, built by a Russian consortium.

The satellite's primary control and emission centre is located at Funda commune in northern Luanda Province and the secondary centre is in Koreley in Russia.

According to estimates, about 1,000 Russia nationals were in Angola, while 1,500 Angolans lived in Russia.

Mr Lavrov will also visit Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe , Kenya and Ethiopia

The collapse

Africa remains a promising market for Russian industrial goods.

Currently, Russia’s foreign trade turnover with Africa stood at about $12 billion, which was considered rather modest.

The former Soviet Union made a significant contribution to the social and economic development of African countries by building large industrial and infrastructure facilities and helping to establish national education and health care systems.

However, in the 1990s the Russian-African relations came virtually to a standstill, following the collapse of communism.

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