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Angola and Portugal sign memorandum for cooperation in the field of road transport

This Tuesday, in Lisbon, authorities in the transport sector in Angola and Portugal signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at cooperation in various areas of road transport, highlighting the regulation, operation and inspection of infrastructure and services.

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The National Institute of Road Transport (INTR) of Angola and the Portuguese Mobility and Transport Authority (AMT) signed the memorandum aimed at various areas of cooperation, including the "regulation and supervision of road transport infrastructure and services, road mode, referring to the transport of passengers and goods", the document reads.

The interim director general of the INTR, Énio Renato de Magalhães Costa, and the chairman of the AMT Board of Directors, Ana Paula Vitorino, signed the document in the administration building of the port of Lisbon, with the presence and interventions of the Minister of Transport, Ricardo Veigas D'Abreu, and the Portuguese Deputy Secretary of State and Communications, Hugo Santos Mendes.

Also according to the document, another area in which the two entities may come to cooperate is in the technology of infrastructure and services for road transport of passengers and goods.

The memorandum follows "the interest existing between the two countries in the exchange of information and cooperation in the field of regulation, operation and inspection of road transport, namely in the context of exchanging technological, technical and training experiences".

According to the document, there was a desire to "strengthen and promote, on an equal basis, mutually beneficial cooperation in different areas in the field of the road transport system, including road infrastructure as well as the dangerous goods transport service, transport of goods and passengers, in particular as regards the economic regulation of the various modes". As well as exchanging views and sharing experiences with the same objective.

Cooperation may take the form of "exchange of information and documentation, through research reports, publications, consultancy, studies or other instruments, training of technicians from both countries, including the exchange of personnel for the purpose of exchanging experiences". in loco'", adds the text.

This, in addition to technical and study visits for the exchange of experts, academics and delegations, joint organization of seminars, workshops and meetings with the participation of experts, scientists, private companies and other relevant entities, holding of meetings and exchanges of ' e-mails' by the parties, "for the purpose of maintaining bilateral cooperation".

The entities underline that "they have identified possible cooperation activities that may be of mutual interest and benefit", but that the implementing agreements setting out the modalities and procedures of the specific cooperation activities "will be drawn up and signed by the parties, in separate documents" .

As for the execution of each specific activity, under the memorandum, it will require the two entities to define "in writing the necessary terms and conditions, in accordance with the respective applicable legal regime".

"All costs arising from cooperation under this memorandum will be borne by the party that incurs them, unless otherwise agreed in writing between the parties", underlines the text.

"This memorandum should not be interpreted as a binding agreement and does not create legal obligations between the parties, and may be amended at any time, by mutual written consent", the document reads.

However, this one came into force today, after its signature by the responsible of the transport entities of the two countries, and will remain in force for an indefinite period.

The INTR is an entity supervised by the Angolan Ministry of Transport, and the AMT is an administrative entity independent of Portugal.

The INTR's mission is to ensure users the adequate provision of road transport services, and can sign technical cooperation agreements with international entities and bodies.
The Portuguese AMT has the mission of regulating and supervising the mobility sector and land, river, rail transport, and respective infrastructure, and economic activity in the sector of commercial ports and maritime transport.

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