A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Angola’s Geological Institute of Angola (IGEO) undertaken by CITIC Construction was held on July 3, 2020. Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço cut the ribbon for the project. Guests attending the ceremony were Angolan ministers including Minister of State, Minister of Finance, Minister of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas, Minister of Territory Administration and State Reform, Minister of Public Works and Ministry of Territory Administration, Minister of Agriculture, Governor of Luanda, and IGEO Head Canga Xiaquivuila as well as Guo Sen, principal leading official of CITIC Construction’s Africa Division. President Lourenço paid an inspection tour to the project accompanied by all guests.
Following his ribbon cutting, President Lourenço inspected individual buildings and laboratories, exchanged views with technical personnel and visited the project management and technical support team of CITIC Construction. He said that Angola boasts rich mineral resources, adding that the IGEO is very important. The samples in the laboratories show that Angola has much more mineral resources, not just oil, gas and diamonds, the president noted. Angola will continue the PLANAGEO project and integrate it with the facilities of the IGEO.
Diamantino Azevedo, Angolan Minister of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas, said in his speech, the IGEO is a public institution responsible for the management and study of geological and mineral data, providing services including the release of geological mapping and related mineral resources research, planning for the sustainable use of national mineral resources, and preventing natural geological disasters. It will contribute to the economic development of Angola, he added.