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Angolan President Vows Big Infrastructure Projects Ahead of Vote

  • Plan includes more than $2 billion investment in solar parks
  • Lourenco is seeking a second 5-year term in Aug. 24 election
Joao Lourenco

Joao Lourenco

Photographer: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Angolan President Joao Lourenco has pledged to erect big infrastructure projects, including multi-billion dollar solar parks, if he gets re-elected at the helm of Africa’s second-biggest oil producer.

The southwest African country, which faces chronic power outages, will connect its dams to the national grid and build photo-voltaic parks to help meet its energy needs, Lourenco said in an interview with Portuguese broadcaster RTP. The government will also complete the construction of its national road network, a deep-water port and a long-delayed new airport in the capital Luanda, he said.