Luanda – The Angolan Transport minister, Augusto da Silva Tomas, said Thursday in Luanda that the lack of road, railway, port and air infrastructures cripples the development of the economy of any country.
"The lack of good infrastructures places any country in a state of true lethargy that affects all and any chances of evolution and economic progress,” said the minister,
Augusto Tomas was speaking at the meeting of ministers responsible for infrastructures in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries.
The Transport minister mentioned that social progress, living standards and human development index are linked to the problematic of infrastructures.
“I think that the economic development of any country requires improved internal and external circulation, hence the importance of the creation of infrastructures capable of facing the situation,” stated the official.
He also stated that nowadays, economies can not stand isolated as no one is self-sufficient enough to dispense with trade both with countries of the same region or continent and other economies and peoples of the world.
The meeting that went from June 26 analysed the implementation of the programmes of creation of infrastructures in the SADC region.
Meanwhile, addressing the meeting on Tuesday, the director-general of the Maritime Institute and Ports of Angola, Victor de Carvalho, on behalf of the deputy Transport minister, José João Kuvíngua, said SADC has been developing actions for a true integrated network of
The SADC infrastructures sector comprises the ministries of Transport, Telecommunication and Information Technologies, Urbanisation and Construction and Hotels and Tourism.