Angola’s Commonwealth membership takes first steps in September
London, July 18, 2018,(AltAfrica) – The UK government intends to begin the process of Angola’s accession to the Commonwealth next September during a visit to Luanda by Lindsay Northover, Prime Minister Theresa May’s special trade envoy.
“I am very pleased with Angola’s interest in joining the Commonwealth and I hope that it will be a topic of relevant conversation during my next visit in September,” Northover said in an opinion editorial published in Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola.
Last June, then-UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson announced on his Twitter account that Angola was going to apply for membership of the Commonwealth.
In an interview with Euronews on 1 June, President João Lourenço said: “Do not be surprised if we are thinking of asking now to join Francophonie and in a few days we are also asking to join the Commonwealth, given that, “Angola is surrounded not by Portuguese speaking countries, but by Francophone and Anglophone countries.”
In the article, Baroness Northover recalls that the Commonwealth is a “voluntary association of 53 sovereign, independent and equal states,” with 2.4 billion people “and includes both developed economies and developing countries.”
Theresa May’s Special Envoy pointed out that the UK Export Financing Agency (UKEF) currently has up to £750 million in funding available to support projects in Angola.