Website of the SDC in Angola: www.psh-angola.net
Three decades of armed conflict led to the almost total destruction of Angola's social, industrial, communications and agricultural infrastructures, and to concentration of the population in urban and peri-urban areas as the result of rural migration. The SDC's Humanitarian Aid and SHA Department has been operating in Angola since 1995. The humanitarian aid programme was discontinued at the end of 2006. Since then, the SDC has maintained a Cooperation Office in Luanda, supporting implementation of a joint socio-humanitarian programme (SHP) based on a bilateral agreement signed between Switzerland and Angola about the return of Angolan assets previously frozen in Switzerland.
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Angolan-Swiss Socio-humanitarian Programme (SHP): Priorities
In the course of 2003, preparations began on a bilateral agreement between Angola and Switzerland with a view to the possible return of Angolan assets that had been previously frozen in
Switzerland. On 1 November 2005 in Geneva, the SDC Director-General and the Secretary of the Angolan Council of Ministers signed the final text of the agreement. The Geneva judicial authorities
subsequently released USD 21 million, money which would be used to fund the joint social and humanitarian programme (SHP) in Angola. Switzerland and Angola share planning and implementation
responsibilities for this programme, while the SDC was appointed programme trustee.
The two main lines of action of the SHP programme are:
- Agricultural training: the aim here is to boost agricultural production and self-sufficiency by reinforcing state structures as regards basic agricultural training. The construction of an agro-pastoral vocational training centre is already under way in Cuanza Sul province, a region with considerable agricultural potential some 350 km south of the capital, Luanda. The centre, which will provide secondary-level residential training programmes for around 250 students, is scheduled to open in February 2011, in time for the start of the new academic year.
- Mine action: Angola is among the worst landmine-affected countries in the world. For the Angolan population, the strengthening of the state’s mine clearance structures should
facilitate access to vital social and economic goods and services. Angola’s National Demining Institute (INAD) took delivery of six Minewolf clearance vehicles from RUAG, a Swiss defence contractor,
and around forty operators were trained to use and maintain them. The value of agricultural and social housing land has risen thanks to the demining carried out by these vehicles, which are stationed
across INAD’s three provincial offices - Cunene, Huìla and Cuando Cubango - in the south of the country.
- SINFIC, an Angolan information technology developer, has joined forces with the Portuguese agricultural college, the Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra, to implement and monitor (for two years) the agricultural training programme in Cuanza Sul province.
- RUAG, a Swiss aerospace and defence contractor, delivered six Minewolf vehicles to the Angolan National Demining Institute (INAD) and has trained and supervised future vehicle operators both in
Germany and on the ground in Angola.
Background information Angola
Source: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2013
Local SDC contact address:
Swiss Cooperation Office Angola
|Phone||+244 22 23 53710
+244 22 23 53695
|Fax||+244 926 405 937|
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