Germany wants a closer relationship with resource-rich Angola, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said on a visit to the southwest African country which she offered coastguard ships and industrial cooperation.
“Germany is ready for an energy and raw materials partnership,” Merkel said after meeting Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in the capital, Luanda. In exchange, Germany could help with infrastructure projects, education and agriculture, as well as the sale of six to eight patrol boats built by Bremen-based Luerssen shipyards.
Dos Santos underlined his will to undertake political reforms in a country which emerged from almost three decades of civil war in 2002.
Oil and gas-producing Angola expects economic growth of eight per cent this year, a figure Dos Santos said could reach double-digits next year. Trade with Germany dried up during the economic crisis, but jumped early this year.
Merkel said earlier at a bilateral business conference that German companies had concrete projects, including liquid natural gas operations from 2012 and cooperation in renewable energy.