Angola’s minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication Mário Oliveira said last week in Luanda that technical work continues so that SADC countries can benefit from the services of the Angolan communication satellite (ANGOSAT 2) .
The official was speaking ahead of the 43rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of SADC, held in Luanda.
Presidents of Mozambique, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Vice President of Tanzania and representatives of the Seychelles, Mauritius and Comoros, attended the event.
According to the minister, among the countries interested in the services, Zambia is more advanced, where technicians are perfecting their work so that this country can benefit from the signal from the satellite in orbit.
Meanwhile, other countries such as Botswana and DRC have also expressed interest in ANGOSAT 2 services.
“The process is moving forward and we hope, soon, that these countries will actually have ANGOSAT 2 services”, said the Angolan official, reiterating that “the satellite is healthy and in operational conditions”.
Angola has already benefited from satellite services since November 4, 2022, at 23 degrees East, its operating position.
Angola took over the leadership of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for a one-year term ( 2023/2024).
João Lourenço thus presides over the regional organisation, replacing Félix Tshisekedi, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The summit took place under the motto “Human and financial capital: key factors for the sustainable industrialisation of the SADC Region”.