The Oil for Development programme in Angola
Petroleum was discovered in Angola in 1955 and production commenced in the late 1950s and in the course of the 1960s. In 1973, oil production surpassed coffee as Angola's main export commodity.
With the discovery of deep-water fields in the late 1990s, oil production in Angola reached a considerable high and the country is currently the second biggest oil producer in Sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria.
In 2014, the governments of Angola and Norway signed a five-year programme agreement.
In 2019, activities focused on safety and emergency preparedness issues, improved English and economic skills as well as petroleum law and international best practice.
The programme ended in 2019. However, the parties are discussing a possible one-year extension.
Key achievements of programme activities
Enhanced legal and regulatory framework
Participants from MIREMPET and the Oil Derivatives Regulatory Institute (IRDP) improved their knowledge about international best practice on petroleum law through a three-day introduction course by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
Increased institutional capacity
- Around 40 participants from MIREMPET, IRDP and the National Agency of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG) increased their auditor skills through participation in a lead auditor training course, based on ISO standards. A diploma was awarded based on a written examination.
- MIREMPET employees’ English language skills have continued to improve, and four students obtained a Cambridge Certification.
- Economic skills have been improved in MIREMPET through e-learning, with eight students from the Statistics, Planning and Monitoring Department (GEPE) engaged in several courses.
- The ICT department improved its capability to monitor and troubleshoot the IT equipment through assistance in implementing systems management software.
Transparency and accountability
- Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and partners capacitated local communities to influence public budgets and plans. In Angola, 5 million women lack access to maternal and child health care, leading to high mortality rates. When women in Mufuma village saw that the municipal plans did not include health services for children and mothers, women organized themselves and addressed their concerns to the local government. Due to their advocacy, the government built and equipped a maternal and child health care center in the village.