The Oil for Development programme in Angola
Petroleum was discovered in Angola in 1955 and production commenced in the late 1950s and in the course of the 1960s. In 1973, oil production surpassed coffee as Angola's main export commodity.
With the discovery of deep-water fields in the late 1990s, oil production in Angola reached a considerable high and the country is currently the second biggest oil producer in Sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria.
In 2014, the governments of Angola and Norway signed a five-year programme agreement.
In 2018, activities focused on general management of petroleum resources, improved English skills, archive systems, as well as safety and emergency preparedness issues.
Key achievements of programme activities
Enhanced legal and regulatory framework
- The sector is undergoing a major reorganisation and it is unclear which responsibilities will remain within the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum (MIREMPET). Legal assistance has not been requested.
- Around 40 participants from MIREMPET have enhanced their knowledge of the petroleum sector through a four-day workshop on good resource management offered by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).
- Around 30 employees in MIREMPET have improved their English language skills. This year’s training was based on previous courses, and the goal is for the most motivated students to pass the Cambridge Certificate of English.
- Finance skills within the Statistics, Planning and Monitoring Department (GEPE) in MIREMPET have been assessed. Based on this, an education package combining e-learning and traditional classroom training has been developed. Training will also be proposed to other departments.
- Participants with archive responsibilities in various departments have increased their skills in ‘archiving and record-keeping’ through a workshop conducted by NPD. Awareness within this field has been championed by the new management in the document centre.
- MIREMPET has enhanced its competence in well control through a course held jointly with the Lebanese Petroleum Administration.
- The archive workshop focused on transparency in government (“Offentleglova”) and best practices to guarantee information to the public.
- The Norwegian Embassy hosted a dialogue meeting with civil society and journalists. A presentation was given by the MPE on responsible petroleum resource management.
- Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) supported social monitoring activities with funds from Oil for Development in Cassongue municipality. Water-related disease was directly responsible for more than 80% of the estimated cases at the local health centre. NCA partner the Council of Christian Churches engaged in advocacy activities directed towards the local administration in order to utilise funds from the municipal budget to construct water systems and promote sanitation activities. The municipality funded the construction of water systems which improved access to clean water and supported activities to train the population in hygiene and sanitation practice.