At the end of a meeting with João Lourenço, on the sidelines of the 36th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), António Costa said that the meeting also aimed to assess how two countries can "help to give a new impetus to this relationship between Europe and Africa".
"It was important for us to take stock of the different bilateral issues that we are always developing, to set a date for my next visit to Angola and for us to be able to sign the new strategic cooperation package", explained António Costa at the end of the meeting.
As for the specific date, António Costa forwarded this information to President João Lourenço, although adding that "it will be in early June".
"The previous agreements are being finalized, the technical problems that still blocked some of the financing lines" and "Madam Minister of Finance of Angola was in Lisbon in December" and "our Minister of Finance will be in Luanda next month" to address these matters.
Until the visit, "from the technical point of view, the programs will be resolved" for the "new strategic cooperation plan that will be in force for the next three years", he added.
In terms of bilateral relations and Portugal's role as an intermediary for Africa with the European Union, António Costa also highlighted applications for international funding.
"One of the areas of work that we believe we can develop with Angola in the future is a large logistical corridor between the Dande [river] basin and the port of Sines", he explained.
Last week we presented this application for funding within the framework of the European Union, in the great strategic investment program that the European Union has, identifying this [project] as a great strategic corridor" for the two continents, he added.
At the mouth of the Dande River, the Luanda government wants to build an Ocean Terminal that will serve as the country's logistics platform and link to the interior of Southern Africa.