Pedro Pessoa e Costa stressed in his speech that the party had "to be celebrated in a different way, because different are the times as well".
"The traditional reception that this embassy does annually and that constitutes a fraternal meeting between Portuguese, Luso-Angolans and Angolans and the international community, who share affection, friendship of centuries, this year is celebrated in a different way, in a real effort to give back a little that Angola has given us," he said.
The Portuguese diplomat, at the start of his term in office, stressed that, symbolically, "the more than a thousand guests annually for Portugal's party, this year are represented by masks, medicines and biosafety equipment.
"As a newcomer to Angola, for me it is much more rewarding to be the bearer of this message, which is made concrete in goods, which are necessary for so many and for all Angolans, for all of us who believe that this moment will be overcome, it is much more rewarding than mere words of protocol", he said.
In statements to the press, Pedro Pessoa e Costa said that several products were donated, namely biosafety suits, a TAP offer for the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, masks, gel, and medicines from Portuguese pharmaceuticals, for the current moment and post-pandemic.
Asked about the challenges that Portuguese companies are facing in Angola, the Portuguese ambassador said that they have also experienced a reduction in activity due to various circumstances, but are resisting.
"This whole period of emergency and now of calamity also has an impact on their activity, but they are companies that are also used to a lot of the world and this is the proven proof that in this situation, it is often heavier for the companies themselves, when you ask for support, a generous contribution and solidarity, they are here", he stressed.
For his part, the Secretary of State for Public Health of Angola, Franco Mufinda, thanked "the simple help, the gesture that was expressed by the Portuguese community in one way or another to put their hand to the masses".
For the governor, this aid increases the existing institutional capacity in this task of fighting the pandemic, which involves more than 15 thousand health professionals supported by infrastructure, with 3000 beds for covid-19, 200 fans and 300 tons of biosecurity material.