Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:29 - Updated Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:28
Official talks between Angola, Sao Tome begin
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Sao Tome – The official talks between the delegations of Angola and Sao Tome and Principe began Monday, in São Tomé, aimed at the adoption of mechanisms or instruments to deepen, more and more, the bilateral cooperation in the mass media field.
The Angolan delegation, that is since last Sunday in the West African island nation, is headed by the deputy minister of Social Communication, Manuel Miguel de Carvalho "Wadijimbi", while Sao Tome and Principe’s team is led by the minister general secretary, Afonso Varela.
At the opening session, held in the meeting hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of São Tomé and Principe, the Angolan official said that the objective is to analyze the degree of implementation of the programmes established at the level of Angola/Sao Tome and Principe Bilateral Commission, in order to define the steps to take in the future.
"We have great responsibilities in the field of Social Communication," emphasized the deputy minister Manuel Miguel de Carvalho, to whom this work aims to answer the framework outlined in the seventh session of the Joint Committee, held from May 30 to June 1, 2011, in Luanda, and in which were drawn up guidelines for cooperation, especially to strengthen relations in the areas of staff training, exchange of technology and programmes at the level of the sector’s companies.
To him, the media have vehicles that allow a greater rapprochement between the peoples, so that each one knows the other day to day.
Thus, he justified the need for closer relations between the radio, television and news agencies of both Portuguese-speaking countries, always doing what the political level is determined in this regard.
The opening ceremony of the talks was attended by the ambassador of Angola to Sao Tome and Principe, Alfredo Manuel Eduardo Mingas, the administrators of the Angola News Agency (Angop) and the Public Television of Angola (TPA), respectively Joaquim do Espirito Santo Camati and Ana Maria da Silva, among senior officials of the Ministry of Social Communication.
The deputy minister also visited the facilities of TV, Radio and National News Agency of Sao Tome and Principe, to learn about the operating conditions.
He held a courtesy meeting with the Foreign minister, Manuel Salvador dos Ramos, and has scheduled meetings with the President and the Prime Minister of the West African archipelago, respectively Manuel Pinto da Costa and Patrice Trovoada.