China to Train Angolan Students to Support Military Industry

china-angola-militaryScientific research centers of major Chinese companies and other institutions will train students from the defense sector in the creation of the military industry in Angola, news reported.

The decision is part of the agreements signed between both sides during the 5th Meeting of the Angola-China Joint Technical-Military Cooperation Committee, which held from Wednesday to Friday in Luanda.

According to the final declaration, the graduates would be able to ensure education in high-level scientific courses in the institutions of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and in the process of exploiting and maintaining the technical means supplied by the Asian country.

Besides the strategy for the construction of Angola’s defense industry, the two sides decided to improve the mechanisms of the joint committee, which includes the existence of two permanent secretaries who will ensure constant communication between both countries.

The Committee will coordinate the work teams created for the execution of technical-military cooperation projects in the science and technology areas.

For the Vice-Minister of Material Resources and Infrastructures of the Ministry of National Defense, Afonso Carlos Neto, steps are taken to form a public-private joint venture in this area.

He said the future industry will facilitate the supply of FAAs but could also become a centre for the country’s industrial development and a catalyst for research and development of new products and services.

Meanwhile, Xu Zhanbin, China’s deputy chief of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry of National Defense, said the agreements will allow for the replacement of armored vehicles and heavy trucks as part of the re-equipment of the armed forces.

‘We will do our utmost to ensure this project is seen as an example of our future cooperation,’ he said.

The sixth meeting will be held in China on an undetermined date.