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Angola Country Report

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Overview

Executive Summary

The release of Swiss-Angolan national Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais and former president José Eduardo dos Santos's son José Filemino from police custody in March 2019, following charges of fraud related to the country's sovereign wealth fund, suggests that President Lourenço may temper his anti-corruption drive in order to consolidate his position within the ruling party, which has weakened given his failure to improve economic conditions since he came to power.Angola has faced severe fiscal and external pressures since 2014, given the heavy reliance of its economy on energy. As a result, key policy priorities under Lourenço include economic diversification in agriculture and related infrastructure, and attracting increased volumes of FDI. The imminent maturation of a number of oil fields and investor reticence over new projects are likely to compound fiscal constraints beyond the 12-month outlook. GDP growth is expected to remain muted at 0.4% in 2019.Given the pressing need to diversify the economy, Lourenço will probably accelerate the privatisation of state-owned enterprises not deemed to be of strategic importance to boost FDI and spur economic growth. High on the list will the national airline TAAG, which was removed from the European Union's airline blacklist in April 2019.The introduction of VAT in July 2019, as well as the phasing out of subsidies in areas including electricity and fuel in line with IMF recommendations, will compound economic pressure on citizens and is very likely to lead to violent protests, likely met with a heavy-handed response from security forces.The business environment will continue to be marred by weak infrastructure and high associated costs. A USD18-billion plan in 2015 to overhaul the power grid has not been fully implemented and this remains unlikely in the one-year outlook. The power sector is thus likely to remain weak, with occasional outages keeping operating costs very high.
Last update: May 3, 2019

Operational Outlook

The business environment continues to be marred by weak infrastructure and high associated costs. The government has invested heavily in infrastructure, although these investments have declined during recent years because of lower oil revenues. A 2015 USD18-billion plan to overhaul the power grid is unlikely to be fully implemented. The power sector will remain weak in the one-year outlook, keeping operating costs in Angola relatively high. Despite anti-corruption legislation, the risk of bribes being demanded will remain pervasive because of the lack of governmental capability to fight it.

Last update: September 4, 2018

Terrorism

Elevated

The risk of terrorism from the separatist Frente para a Libertação do Enclave de Cabinda (FLEC) group is elevated in parts of the Cabinda enclave and poses a low risk of targeted sabotage to oil and gas operations, which are mostly offshore. Onshore operational bases are protected by private and government security forces. Army patrols are, however, at a high risk of attacks from separatist militants. Mining operations are at a moderate risk of attack from illegal miners and are exposed to extortion rackets that operate alongside the military, especially in the Cabinda and Lunda provinces.

Last update: June 21, 2019

War Risks

A renewed outbreak of civil war is very unlikely, despite moderate risk of violence between security forces and opposition supporters and youth groups during anti-government demonstrations. Such protests are likely to occur again given the difficult economic conditions that have prevailed since the fall in the oil price. The insurgency in Cabinda is experiencing a resurgence and poses a moderate risk of death and injury to military personnel, especially in the northeast of the exclave, but with little effect on oil operations. Angola's expenditure on military equipment purchases will probably fall in response to dwindling oil revenue, affecting the army's ability to deploy.

Last update: April 25, 2019

Social Stability

High

Corruption and the rising cost of living remain the main drivers of discontent and are likely to fuel protests, especially in urban areas like Luanda in the one-year outlook. General good sentiment toward government in the wake of the expulsion of the Dos Santos family from key posts has worn thin and economic conditions are bringing renewed protests. The government's use of excessive force to deter activists is likely to continue.Protests in urban centres, causing disruption of up to a week with protesters fighting police armed with sticks and stones, will be likely during labour disputes.

Last update: April 25, 2019

Health Risk

Severe

Vaccines Required to Enter the Country

Yellow fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers over one year of age upon entry to the country. A single dose of YF vaccine is sufficient to confer sustained life-long immunity against the disease; it should be taken ten days in advance to be fully effective.

Vaccines Recommended for All Travelers

Routine vaccinations: Consult your doctor to ensure all routine vaccinations - such as for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, varicella, etc. - are up to date (include booster shots if necessary).

Vaccines Recommended for Most Travelers

Hepatitis A: The vaccine is given in two doses, six months apart, and is nearly 100 percent effective. The WHO recommends the vaccine be integrated into national routine immunization schedules for children aged one year or older.

Malaria: There is currently no malaria vaccine. However, various antimalarial prophylactics are available by prescription and can reduce risk of infection by up to 90 percent. Different medications are prescribed depending on the risk level and the strains of the virus present in the destination. Antimalarial tablets need to be taken throughout the trip to be effective and may need to be taken for as long as four weeks following the trip.

Typhoid fever: The typhoid fever vaccine can be administered via injection (administered in one dose) or orally (four doses). The vaccine is only 50-80 percent effective, so travelers to areas with a risk of exposure to typhoid fever, a bacterial disease, should also take hygienic precautions (e.g. drink only bottled water, avoid undercooked foods, wash hands regularly, etc.). Children can be given the shot beginning at two years of age (six for the oral vaccine).

Vaccines Recommended for Some Travelers

Cholera: A newly licensed cholera vaccine (Vaxchora) has just been made available and may be prescribed for adults traveling to areas with active cholera transmission. The vaccine prevents severe diarrhea caused by the most common type of cholera bacteria. As the vaccine is not fully effective, hygienic precautions should also be taken (e.g. drinking only bottled water, eating only thoroughly cooked foods, washing hands regularly, etc.).

Hepatitis B: The WHO recommends that all infants receive their first dose of vaccine as soon as possible after birth, preferably within 24 hours. The birth dose should be followed by two or three doses to complete the primary series. Routine booster doses are not routinely recommended for any age group.

Rabies: The rabies vaccination is typically only recommended for travel to remote areas and if the traveler will be at high risk of exposure (e.g. undertaking activities that will bring them into contact with dogs, cats, bats, or other mammals). The vaccination is administered in three doses over a three-to-four week period. Post exposure prophylaxis is also available and should be administered as soon as possible following contact with an animal suspected of being infected (e.g. bites and scratches).

Last update: April 5, 2019

Practical Information

Climate

Angola is located in a tropical zone and is divided into large three sub-zones. The northwestern region (from the Cabinda enclave to Ambriz to Luanda to Malanje) has a humid tropical climate, as does the east of the country. The central and southern plateau regions have a more temperate and drier climate; the average temperature in the city of Huambo (previously Nova Lisboa), located at an elevation of 1,701 m, is 19°C and can fall to zero in the winter. Finally, the south of the country is arid or semi-arid, between the plateau and the Namibian border, beginning from Namibe province.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +244
Police: (222)39.29.33, (222)33.48.41, (222)33.67.00, (222)33.71.00

Electricity

Voltage: 220 V ~ 50 Hz

Outlets:

Last update: April 5, 2019