Investing in the “Primary Production Sector” to Fight Unemployment in Angola: A Bishop to the State

“Speaking of lobbying, we know that there are many countries like Portugal, the United States and now, especially China, which sell cheap items and Angolans immediately think of buying their products and reselling them. instead of seeking to grow their products and sell them,” a 53-year-old Angolan bishop added.

In the October 3 interview, the member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) who has been the head of the Diocese of Cabinda since his installation in October 2018 stressed the need to promote agriculture in rural areas to prevent people from seeking employment opportunities in the Angolan capital, Luanda.

“This change in mentality is very important and, at the end of the day, the state must invest more in agriculture than in defense and security, because we are lucky not to have a war going on at the moment,” he said. he said, adding, “The government needs to invest particularly in agriculture in rural areas so that people don’t feel they have to come to the capital, Luanda, to earn a living.

The Liaison Bishop of the CEAST Episcopal Commission for Youth Ministry, Universities, Scouting and Vocations continued, “Furthermore, many young people believe that the only way to escape poverty is to s educate and work for the government. However, the government needs to invest in other sectors like agriculture so that people have more ways to lift themselves out of poverty.

“Furthermore, the government simply does not have the capacity to hire everyone and the more people the state hires, the less resources it will have to invest in other sectors,” Archbishop Chissengueti said.

The Angolan Catholic Bishop stressed the need for the government “to invest in primary agriculture and fertilizers as well as in industrialization, so that our country can specialize in both the primary and secondary sectors so that we can export more than we import”.

“The government must ensure that foreigners do not earn more than nationals,” he told ACI Africa during the October 3 interview.

Sheila Pires is a veteran Mozambican radio and television journalist based in South Africa. She studied communications at the University of South Africa. She is passionate about writing about the works of the Church through Catholic journalism.