China’s ambassador to Angola on Thursday 31/1/2019 formally delivered the Higher Institute of Foreign Affairs complex, a project costing US$25 million and is “China’s largest donation to Angola ever since,” according to the local press.
Cui Aimin said that the institute was built on an area of four hectares and is made up of nine buildings – administrative, classrooms, auditorium, teachers’ quarters and dormitories for students, as well as a canteen, and that the institute is expected to train up to 600 people per year.
The ambassador, quoted by Portuguese news agency Lusa, also said the institute “is another remarkable project,” resulting from cooperation between China and Angola in the education sector, adding that the government of China had also donated two primary schools in the provinces of Luanda and Huambo.
For the second half of 2019, said Cui Aimin, China has plans to build a professional training centre in Huambo to train professionals in various sectors.
Cui Aimin noted that the Higher Institute of Foreign Affairs is the first diplomatic cooperation project between Angola and China, and that the first diplomats “working at the forefront of economic diplomacy,” will be trained there.
The secretary-general of the Angolan Foreign Ministry Agostinho Van-Dúnem noted that the institute guarantees conditions to train up the ministry’s staff in all required areas, namely diplomacy, consular affairs, administration, human resources, finance and accounting.