Political

Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi visited Angola in May 1986 and Mr. José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola since 1979, visited India in April 1987. After a gap of 19 years, Angolan Minister for External Relations, Mr. Joao Bernardo de Miranda visited India in May 2006 and had useful meetings with the Ministers of Commerce and Industry, Petroleum and then Minister of State for External Affairs Shri Anand Sharma. He also called on PM. A Protocol on Foreign Office Consultations was signed during the visit. The two sides also agreed, in principle, to sign Agreements for the Promotion and Protection of Investments and Creation of Bilateral Commission for Cultural, Technical, Scientific & Economic Cooperation. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met with President Jose Eduardo dos Santos on the sidelines of the G-8 meeting at L’Aquila, Italy on July 10, 2009. In July 2018, during his visit to Johannesburg to attend the BRICS Summit, Angolan President Lourenco met Prime Minister Modi and discussed ways to enhance trade and investment between the two countries and also to deepen cooperation in sectors like Energy, agriculture and food processing and pharmaceuticals.

Shri Anand Sharma, then Minister of State for External Affairs, visited Angola from June 8 to 9, 2007 and had detailed discussions with the President of Angola, Ministers of External Relations, Petroleum and Geology & Mines, President of ENDIAMA and Secretary, Political Bureau of International Relations of the ruling MPLA Party (former Foreign Minister of Angola). Shri Jairam Ramesh, then Minister of State for Commerce, accompanied by a 10-member delegation, visited Angola from March 28 to April 1, 2008 and held discussions with Ministers of Geology & Mines, Oil, Vice Minister of External Relations, President of ENDIAMA, and the National Director of the Ministry of Commerce. Shri Murli Deora, then Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, accompanied by a delegation of oil and gas PSUs and others, visited Angola in January 2010, to enhance cooperation in the oil and gas sector between the two countries. In recent years, delegations from Reliance Industry Limited, HPCL Mumbai, Engineers India Ltd. and Mittal Investments UK Limited visited Luanda to explore cooperation in the oil and gas sector. Private sector Investments, trading and businesses from India need to be encouraged and promoted in Angola both in oil and non-oil sectors.

Notable visits from Angola to India were of: (i) Dr. Manuel Calado, President of ENDIAMA (October 2006 and April 2007); (ii) Mr. Aguinaldo Jaime, Assistant Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister of Angola; (iii) Mr. Paulo T. Jorge, Secretary, Political Bureau of International Relations of the ruling MPLA Party; (iv) Mr.Joaquim Duarte da Costa David, Minister of Industry; (v) Mr. Gilberto Buta Lutukuta, the then Minister of Agriculture; (vi) Vice Minister for Health (September 2001) and also to participate in a Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza held in New Delhi (December 2007); (vii) Minister for Planning and Chairman of the SADC Council of Ministers (July 2003), (viii) Mr. Abrahao Pio Dos Santos Gourgel, Vice Minister of Industry (August 2005); and two private visits of Mr. Jose Eduardo Zu Du P. dos Santos (son of the President of Angola) (May 2007 and February 2008); (ix) Mr. Jose Maria Botelho De Vasconcelos. Minister for Petroleum to attend the Petrotech Conference in New Delhi (October 2010); (x) A delegation from Ministry of IT and Telecoms (e-governance) to assess the Pan Africa E-net Project (December 2010); (xi) Minister for Petroleum Jose Maria Botelho De Vasconcelos visited India to attend the Petrotech Conference in New Delhi (October 2010) (xii) Mr Georges R Chikoti, Minister of External Relations to attend India-LDC Ministerial Conference in New Delhi (February 2011). (xiii) In Oct 2015, Vice President of Angola, Manuel Vicente visited India to participate in the Third India Africa Summit. He was accompanied by a high level delegation comprising the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Information Technology and Communications. (xiv) General Salviano de Jesus Sequeria ‘Kianda’, Secretary of State, Ministry of National Defense led a delegation to India to attend the DEFEXPO INDIA 2016 held in Goa from 28-31 March 2016 (xv) Minister for Former Combatants and Veterans of the Homeland General Cândido Pereira dos Santos Van-Dúnem visited India from 3-7 May 2016. He led an inter-ministerial delegation comprising representatives from departments of health and agriculture. During the visit he had meetings with Minister of State for External Affairs Dr. (Gen) V.K. Singh, Minister for Food Processing and Secretary (EWS) in the Ministry of Defence (xvi) Minister of Agriculture, Pedro Canga visited India from 24-30 May 2016. In his meeting with Indian Minister of Agriculture Sh. Radha Mohan Singh, the two sides discussed bilateral cooperation in agriculture. (xvii) Vice President led the Angolan delegation to the Third India Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi from 26-29 Oct 2015 and included the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Water and energy, Telecommunications and Information Technologies (xviii) Mr. Abrahão Gourgel, Minister of Economy was in India on a three day visit from June 13, 2017. He was accompanied by a high level delegation comprising Secretaries of State, Government of Angola in the areas of Agriculture, Industry, Geology & Mining and Transport sector and the Deputy Governors of Bengo, Huambo, Huila and Zaire provinces. Mr. Janio da Rosa Correa Victor, Secretary of State for Geology and Mines visited India from March 28-30, 2018 to discuss matters pertaining to trading of rough diamond. Dr. Silvia Lutucuta, Health Minister of Angola visited India from July 5-10, 2018 and met Health Minister of India and held discussion with CII and premier hospitals.

From the Indian side, notable visits were of: (i) Shri Eduardo Faleiro, then MOS for External Affairs (October 1986); (ii) Shri A. Shreedharan, then MOS for Commerce (1990); (iii) Shri Mahendra Prasad, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) (September 2003); (iv) FICCI delegation (September, 2005); (v) Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council delegation (November, 2006); (vi) Delegation from Oil PSUs (September 2010); (vii) Delegation from MMTC Ltd (November 2010), (viii) Visit of Shri M.G. Vaidya, Chief Executive, State Bank of India (January 2011), and GAIL (India) delegation (May 2011). A number of private business delegations, including those organized by CII in November 2013 and FICCI in May 2014, have also visited Angola in the recent years resulting in a steady growth of bilateral economic and commercial relations. Minister for State (External Affairs) General (Dr) V.K. Singh (Retd) visited Luanda on 15 July 2015 as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India to hand over of invitations for the Third India Africa Forum Summit to take place in New Delhi on October 2015. During the visit he called on Vice President of Angola, Mr. Manuel Vicente and had meeting with Foreign Minister Mr. Georges Chikoti. Mr. M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs visited Angola from March 15-17, 2018 and held talks with the Angolan delegation led by Mr. Domingos Custodio Vieira Lopes, Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Angolan Communities.

Bilateral agreements:

The two countries have signed Agreement on Establishment of Joint Commission and MOU on cooperation in Electronics and IT (ICT).