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The Government of Angola, headed by João Lourenço, proposed a new political-administrative organization for the country, which is already being presented in the provinces affected by the restructuring through public hearings.

The government’s proposal includes the modification of five provinces (Cuando-Cubango, Lunda Norte, Malanje, Uíge and Moxico), being each one separated in two or three different provinces, and is based on the conclusion that the actual organization of these provinces is not suited nor adequate to the efficient management of the territory and fulfillment of the collective needs.

With this reorganization, the Government intends to benefit the governmental action, mitigate asymmetries between eastern and western provinces, promote economic and social growth, approximate governmental and administrative bodies to the population, and develop the national territory with greater harmony, balance and fairness.

The new administrative division was proposed by the Multisectoral Commission for the Modification of the Political-Administrative Organization, created by President João Lourenço and which includes some Ministers and Province Governors. The public hearing will be in force until September 17 and may be performed via a form available in

The new State Budget is already being prepared considering the possibility of having this structural modification in Angola, with financial resources that will make possible the transition and implementation of new administrative bodies in each new province, and will also be used to invest in social and state infrastructures, what will contribute for the development of such territories.

With this reform, it is also expected that each new province receives big investments in many sectors, fostering economic activity and generating more private and public work opportunities.

Article by Marco Correia Gadanha

Marco Correia Gadanha is a partner of the Portuguese law office MC&A. He is specialized in legal advice to international transactions. Marco has extensive experience of legal practice in Portugal and in the Portuguese-speaking African countries. Since 2008, he has practiced mainly in the areas of labor and litigation, assisting national and international clients in these and other matters, namely corporate law, especially in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique. He graduated at the University of Coimbra in 2005 and he holds post-graduations in Labor and Angolan Law.