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Republic of Angola

Republic of Angola

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PESA Editorial - Angola - 3Q2018/19
Post-independence Angola was challenged with conflict and political instability mainly from two liberation organisations; People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National ...
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PESA Editorial - Angola - 2Q2018/19
Angola-Sino relations have expanded from the 1960’s and 1970’s not just for Angola but for the entire African continent. Stronger relations began after the end ...
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Angola Land Reform and Rural Transformation Overview
Historically, Angola’s native population went through a process of land dispossession under Angola’s Civil Code instituted by the Portuguese colonial authorities.[1] The law effectively transferred ...
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Impact of Political Uncertainty on Angolan Growth
Angola bid farewell to its longest serving president, President Eduardo Dos Santos. Dos Santos has ruled the country for thirty-eight years. He is credited for ...
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PESA Editorial - Angola - 1Q2017/18
Inflation is expected to ease towards Angola’s target of 15.8% after closing FY2016/17 at over 40%1. Angola’s government expects economic growth to expand in FY2017/18 ...
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PESA Editorial - Angola - 1Q2017/18
The Angolan government has made concerted efforts to diversify its economy following the 2014/15 oil crisis and the lasting effects of the 2008/09 global economic ...
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Infrastructure and investment in FY2016/17
In the second half of FY2016 and after having been hard hit by lower global oil prices, Angola announced its FY2017 national budget of an ...
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A “round up” on the ending financial previous year
As is the case in the majority of countries across the globe, Angola’s GDP remains sluggish in line with lower global output, resulting in relatively ...
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SAfm Interviews
Interview about the looming public debt crisis in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) focused on the its source and what governments can do to ...
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BusinessDay TV
Interview about changes in Presidents in Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa; their promises as they enter new terms; and approaches to dealing with corruption and ...
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PESA Power987 Interview
Interview about the SADC political economy outlook for 2018. The interview also analyses the impact of political uncertainty associated with upcoming elections in the DRC, ...
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SAfm Interviews
Forum @8 interview about the lessons to be learned from the most recent political shifts in Zimbabwe. The discussion also looks at broader political economy ...
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PESA CNBC Africa Interviews
Interview about the role of Fidel Castro in African politics and the apparent contemporary contradiction in his legacy. A reflection on the socialist struggle in ...
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Angola Geographic Location
Geographic Location

Angola is located on the Atlantic Coast of Southern Africa between Namibia and the Republic of the Congo. It also is bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia to the east. The country consists of a sparsely watered and somewhat sterile coastal plain extending inland for a distance varying from 50 to 160 km. Slightly inland and parallel to the coast is a belt of hills and mountains and behind those a large plateau.

Angolan Cities
Angolan Cities
Angolan Coat Arms
Coat of Arms

The Angolan coat of arms reflects the recent past of the new nation. There is heavy Marxist imagery found on the coat of arms, which is expanded from the national flag’s imagery.

At the centre the agricultural implements represent the revolution through which independence was gained from the Portuguese and the importance of agricultural workers. The star above both emblems is often found in many socialist images. The star is taken to represent progress. The rising sun is the traditional symbol of a new beginning. These emblems are all enclosed within a circle formed by a half cog-wheel that represents the industrial workers, and a half maize and cotton leaves that represents the agriculture. Since 1990, the text on the banner was changed to read República de Angola from República Popular de Angola and the cog-wheel was changed to silver from gold.

The open book at the bottom represents education. A banner reads “Republic of Angola” at the bottom, in Portuguese. Details of the insignia are laid down in Article 163 of the Constitution of Angola.

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