25 May 2020
The matter of Angola´s USD 23 billion debt to China was addressed by the foreign ministers of both countries. Angolan minister Tete António also called attention to his counterpart to Angola´s privatization program, according to a statement from the Angolan Government.
20 May 2020
Gong Tao, ambassador of China to Angola, is confident debt negotiations between the two countries will be successful, and that bilateral relations will actually emerge stronger from the current hardship. In an interview published in Angola, marking his first year as ambassador, he reveals the foreign ministers of the two countries spoke on the phone on 11 May, and vowed to strengthen “strategic ties”.
19 May 2020
China is Africa’s largest bilateral creditor, having given these countries estimated loans worth $152 billion between 2000 and 2018. With the economic crisis in countries like Angola or Mozambique generating debt repayment difficulties, negotiations are underway, with the engagement of China and private lenders.
15 May 2020
Chinese financial group KWG dropped out of a deal to buy the majority of the capital of Portugal-based BNI Europa, from Angolan bank BNI, led by banker Mário Palhares. According to BNI, KWG justified its decision with the context of uncertainty, caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
14 May 2020
Angola´s economy should contract by more than 4% in 2020, making even harder the management of the country´s debt, already above 100% of GDP, and a default possible, according to the Economic Intelligence Unit´s (EIU) latest report on the country. With China among Angola´s main creditors, a bilateral deal is likely, but negotiations could prove difficult.
08 May 2020
The fall in oil prices is set to counter the Angolan Government´s balancing of its budget. The Government projected a third surplus in 2020, but a revision of the budget is ongoing, and economists now point to deficit of at least 4% of GDP, along with a fall in foreign currency reserves.