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Angola to host Second African Congress on Roads
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21:42, June 20, 2008

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Angola is to host the Second African Congress on Roads from June 26 to 28 in the capital Luanda with a view to seeking effective cooperation towards the continent's harmonious development, a senior Angolan official said here on Friday.

Herculano do Nascimento, coordinator of the congress organizing committee, told reporters that government officials from more than 40 African countries, representatives of over 20 civil engineering and construction companies as well as international specialists and businesses of the sector will take part in the congress to discuss matters concerning the continent's road network.

According to him, the congress is intended to publicize the experience of African countries in the defense of the interests of the continent in the international arena.

He said the congress will also serve for each participating country to come up with proposals on durability of roads and quality of the materials used in their construction.

Organized by the Angolan Ministry of Public Works and the National Institute of Roads (INEA), the congress will also seek to analyze the current state of the road infrastructures of the continent.

The meeting will also promote a reflection on the development of roads in Africa and the economic growth and rise in investments to improve and enlarge the road networks and reduction of poverty.

At the three-day meeting, the participants will also discuss topics associated with finance, investments and public-private partnership, technology and local materials and roads and environment.

The First African Congress on Roads was held in 2005 in Algeria.

Source: Xinhua

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