President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will board a plane headed for Angola at 8pm tonight.
The visit is part of a mission to increase trade with the African country. The Argentine president will arrive in Angola at noon tomorrow in time for a trade fair organized for the delegation.
Accompanying the President in the official delegation are Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, Ministers Julio De Vido and Debora Giorgi and Commerce Minister Guillermo Moreno who led a similar mission with 200 businessmen two months ago.
A ship departed some days ago from Argentina to the African coast with a tonne of domestic produce to meet the Argentine delegation in Angola.
On the first business venture to Angola, Moreno was impressed by Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. According to the newspaper Clarín, Moreno called Dos Santos a “Peronist partner.”
Angola’s standards of living are extremely low. Life expectancy and infant mortality rates are among the poorest in the world. The United Nations ranks the country 148 out of 187, according to the Human Development Index.
However, Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves, and its economy has grown rapidly over the past two decades.
During Fernández de Kirchner absence, Beatriz Rojkés of Alperovich will serve as Head of the Executive, as Vice President Amado Boudou is in Switzerland.
The business delegation is comprised of representatives from the food, textile, automotive, agricultural machinery, footwear, and leather goods industries as well as other businesses whose products are on the ship headed for Luanda.
Before returning, Fernández de Kirchner will sign bilateral trade agreements with Dos Santos, securing a step towards closer economic partnership between the two countries.