Business owners in Angola from such sectors as aquaculture, information technology and education were among the first graduates of a new UNCTAD-run entrepreneurship training programme which concluded in the capital city Luanda on 4 August.

The initial six-day course was attended by 28 entrepreneurs and is part of a four-year UNCTAD-European Union project to help Angola diversify its economy so that it depends less on oil exports following a collapse in prices in 2014.

“The objective of the EU-UNCTAD Joint Programme for Angola is to improve human and institutional capacities to foster appropriate economic diversification policies in Angola,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said when the wide-ranging, $6.9 million initiative was launched in April 2018.

The entrepreneurship skills training was offered under UNCTAD’s existing Empretec programme which began in 1988 and has trained more than 420,000 people in 40 countries.


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