Francisco André, who ended a four-day visit to Angola, announced the visit to Luanda, in the coming weeks, of the Secretary of State for the Portuguese Communities, responsible for the consular services "to implement this reinforcement of resources".
The Portuguese official who was taking stock of his visit to the country highlighted the continuous effort that Portugal has made to improve the issue of mobility between the two countries.
According to Francisco André, since the beginning of this month, when the Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Angola "and had contact with these difficulties in the system for granting visas at the consulate, the scheduling capacity for obtaining visas has also doubled".
"From July to December 2021, as a result of the changes introduced in the operating system, visa processing, here at the consulate in Luanda, the capacity to issue visas increased by about 400 percent, between July and December last year, and I I know that this still does not respond to all needs, to all the wishes and expectations of Angolan citizens who want to travel to Portugal", said the Portuguese official.
The Portuguese official also stressed that, this year, "a great effort" is also being made, as a result of which, "at the beginning of the year there was a capacity to issue a little more than 60 visas daily, which has now increased to just over around 150 visas as of today".
"Between Portugal and Angola and between all CPLP countries [Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries] is a central element of our relationship. The Mobility Agreement signed in Luanda in July 2021 at the CPLP summit was so important, project proposed by Cape Verde, embraced by all, where Portugal got involved and provided particularly strong and demanding political support", he said.
Francisco André recalled that the covid-19 pandemic greatly affected the process, but work is underway to overcome these effects, which "means implementing new methods".