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.
The country has received petroleum-related assistance through the OfD programme since 2007. In 2014, the governments of Angola and Norway signed a five-year programme agreement.
Several years had passed since the last programme expired and there was a common understanding that areas of cooperation had to be re-defined. Very few programme activities under the institutional cooperation were carried out in 2015.
In 2016, programme activities focused mainly on general management of petroleum resources, as well as on safety and emergency preparedness issues.
Key achievements 2016
Increased institutional capacity:
- The Ministry of Petroleum (MINPET) strengthened its knowledge and competence about drilling, including increased knowledge about simulator training and environmental protection, through a week-long course held by the Norwegian partner institutions.
- Key MINPET personnel were qualified to travel offshore to audit offshore facilities in accordance with international best practice standards. This was a result of their participation in a week-long safety and emergency training course.
- With Norwegian assistance, MINPET strengthened its information and communications technologies (ICT) department after a thorough assessment of the ICT security.
Increased transparency and accountability:
- The research center Centro de Estudos e Investigação Científica (CEIC), in cooperation with its Norwegian partner, the Chr. Michelsen Institute, conducted studies on poverty and social stratification in rural and urban Angola. The collaboration contributed to CEIC being recognized as one of the leading social science-based knowledge centers in Angola.
- MINPET personnel were provided with knowledge of up-to-date document handling and transparent information management. The on-the-job training included an introduction to the concept of Freedom of Information.