Why does the head of state go to Angola?

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08:16, March 03, 2023

The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, continues his tour of Central Africa. After Gabon, the head of state runs Angola. The oil-rich former British colony wants to diversify its agriculture and rely less on abroad. A topic that France intends to provide its expertise in.

After Gabon, the direction of Angola. The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, is currently touring Central Africa. For his second stop on the continent, the head of state chose the third largest economy on the continent. Because this former Portuguese colony corresponds to Emmanuel Macron’s ambition to secede from France by diversifying partnerships, outside the historical arena in which political and diplomatic setbacks accumulate, against the backdrop of rising anti-French sentiment.

One diplomat, a traditional ally of Russia, the Portuguese-speaking country, confirms that it is getting closer and closer to the West. Officially, discussions between Emmanuel Macron and President Joao Lourenço will not focus on oil, even if Angola is at loggerheads with Nigeria, the first producer of black gold in sub-Saharan Africa. French giant TotalEnergies also operates offshore deposits in the country.

Diversification of the Angolan economy

The issue of post-oil is at the heart of this trip, as the Elysee confirms, especially agricultural cooperation, at a time when Luanda, the country’s capital, is seeking to diversify its economy so as not to import almost all of its basic products. A mission that France would like to undertake: “We can offer President João Lourenço a French team capable of enabling him to develop a form of food sovereignty”, thus assures the President’s advisor.

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