Friday, May 18th 2012 - 09:09 UTC

Argentine president in Angola to promote trade and exchange food for oil

Argentine President Cristina Fernández is on a three-day visit to Angola to promote trade and investments particularly exchanging food for the African country’s oil. Friday morning she is scheduled to meet her counterpart Jose Eduardo Dos Santos.

President Cristina Fernandez is met at the airport by Angolan officials

The President is accompanied by Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, Industry Minister Débora Giorgi, Agriculture Minister Norberto Yauhar and Public Communications Secretary, Alfredo Scoccimarro plus a delegation of 400 Argentine business people.

On her first day President Cristina Fernández met with members of the Organization of Angolan Women, a human rights group founded by mothers who lost their children and husbands during the civil war.

The Argentine president brief state visit is geared mainly to reach a deal for the exchange of food for Angolan oil, similar an accord with Venezuela. The former Portuguese colony has rapidly become the second largest oil producer of black Africa.

The deal is anticipated to have a good echo since Angola is highly dependent on expensive food imports and its agriculture sector has been ravaged by drought and the effects of the prolonged civil war with many un-cleared minefields and much ordnance which needs to be eliminated.

Cristina Fernandez is also expected to announce a 100-million dollars credit line to promote trade between the two nations' companies, according to Angolan state news agency Angop.

Angola is also in much need of foreign investment to develop infrastructure and help with the transfer of expertise and know-how. Its dependence on food imports has caused prices to skyrocket, making life in Luanda more expensive than Tokyo.

The south-west African country's main trading partners are the United States, China, Brazil and Portugal. Trade with Argentina has grown from 18 million to 150 million dollars from 2001 to 2010.

On Friday the Argentine president will visit the National Assembly and participate in a solemn session of the Legislative. She is also scheduled to open a fair of Argentine goods and technology where most of the 400 companies of the business delegation will be exhibiting.

President Dos Santos visited Argentina in 2005, a guest of then President Nestor Kirchner, the deceased husband of Cristina Fernandez.

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1 JuanGabriel (#) May 18th, 2012 - 09:18 am Report abuse
The soldiers have their palms right, but the arm should be straight and elevated.
2 PirateLove (#) May 18th, 2012 - 09:19 am Report abuse
Im glad she remembered her begging bowl now all she has to do is bend over, all for the sake of cheaper oil.
3 Idlehands (#) May 18th, 2012 - 09:34 am Report abuse
When will she ask them to show support for her territorial claims over the Falklands?

I hope the Angolans realise it'll be worth a few million free tonnes of food to them.
4 Ken Ridge (#) May 18th, 2012 - 09:37 am Report abuse
@ 1 JuanGabriel (#)

Haha very true
5 Tabutos (#) May 18th, 2012 - 09:41 am Report abuse
yer argentina does have a lot more in common with the african dictators then the rest of the world lmao, also Do you think she looks tired?
6 British_Kirchnerist (#) May 18th, 2012 - 10:58 am Report abuse
I know people have been mocking this trip on here for ages, but it seems to be a good idea. And Angola, far from being the joke country people were making out, was the socialist country Cuba assisted against invasion by apartheid South Africa, ushering in the doom of apartheid (according to Nelson Mandela himself).

#5 No I think she looks lovely
7 Boovis (#) May 18th, 2012 - 11:33 am Report abuse
Amnesty International: “Away from the international headlines, thousands of human rights defenders were threatened, imprisoned,tortured and killed, including in Afghanistan, Angola, Brazil, China, Mexico, Russia, Myanmar, Turkey,Uzbekistan, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe.

These activists were often speaking out on human rights issues including poverty, the marginalization of whole communities, women's rights, corruption, brutality and oppression. Events in all regions highlighted their crucial role, and the need for global solidarity with them.”

Hmm, aren't most of these Argentina's chums?
8 Idlehands (#) May 18th, 2012 - 11:34 am Report abuse
How does your story above negate Angolas status as a joke country. It's a non sequitur.
9 yankeeboy (#) May 18th, 2012 - 11:57 am Report abuse
Oil for food.. is CFK working with Iraq and the UN now! The only people this will benefit is K's and minions. I am sure it is set up just like with the Venezuela trade 15% off the top for both sides while the people of both nations are in collapse.
I wonder if the real reason she is there is to look for a safe house?
10 ManRod (#) May 18th, 2012 - 01:02 pm Report abuse
the new strategic allies of Argentina, I see...
11 Simon68 (#) May 18th, 2012 - 01:27 pm Report abuse
We are saved thanks to the cleverness of Kretina and her troupe who are going to sell the Angolans 18 harvesters whhich haven't been made yet and bring back enough petroleum and gas to heat Kretin's hotels in Calafate.

Thank you Dream Team, De Vido, Kicilloff, Moreno...??? Moreno??? Wait a minute, isn't he INTERIOR comerce Secretary, what the hell is he doing in Angola????
12 Tabutos (#) May 18th, 2012 - 01:35 pm Report abuse
i think she looks tired, could be fear though, all her moneys not going to count it self... maybe that's why she looks tired
13 British_Kirchnerist (#) May 18th, 2012 - 01:40 pm Report abuse
#9 “Oil for food.. is CFK working with Iraq and the UN now!”

What we need is a Senate Inquiry
14 yankeeboy (#) May 18th, 2012 - 01:49 pm Report abuse
Don't worry the US Senate is already working on Argentina:

Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., the most senior Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, presented a “sense of the Congress” resolution on May 10 that calls on the Obama administration to team up with European countries to suspend Argentina from the G-20 because of that country’s pattern of “outlaw behavior.”
15 reality check (#) May 18th, 2012 - 02:57 pm Report abuse
Trade with Angola has risen to £150 million dollars. That's good news, only another $250 million to go and YPF can make their late payment to Credit Suisse.
16 British_Kirchnerist (#) May 18th, 2012 - 03:11 pm Report abuse
14 Hope he gets Colemaned
17 Idlehands (#) May 18th, 2012 - 03:25 pm Report abuse
“Colemaned” ?
18 yankeeboy (#) May 18th, 2012 - 03:29 pm Report abuse
16. Lugar will be around long enough to do Argentina damage and if not him there are plenty of other Senators that feel the same way.
US State is working on getting WB, IDB to withhold funding until Arg submits to an IMF audit.
USCC is reviewing the legality of the seizure of BCRA reserves.

If all of these hits about the same time I wouldn't be surprised is CFK kills herself due to her bi-polar wackiness and general un balanced hyterical behavior.
19 ElaineB (#) May 18th, 2012 - 04:29 pm Report abuse
She is a narcissist, so I don't think she will kill herself. I definitely think she has started the groundwork for getting out before it gets much hotter. Already we have heard her bleating about her 'personal sacrifices' and I am sure that is the theme she will develop. No leader should complain the way she does; it is an honour to serve one's country and she has enjoyed much privilege and wealth as a result of her stint in office. I hope she goes soon.
20 xbarilox (#) May 18th, 2012 - 05:03 pm Report abuse
Cristina de Kirchner said that Argentina and Angola are the same thing. Of course Argentina and Angola are the same thing. Angola has millions of poor, Argentina has millions of poor, president of Angola is as corrupt as Cristina de Kirchner. The achievements of Cristina de Kirchner are so magnificent, that the only country Argentina can sign agreements with is Angola hahaha

@ 6 you'll love what's coming for Argentina, oh man, you'll do it, you'll see :)
21 Tobers (#) May 18th, 2012 - 05:14 pm Report abuse
@16 British_Kirchnerist

If you are going to regularly post comments on this forum then please have the grace to answer my very relevant question.

-How does CFKs huge wealth and aspirations for wealth not contradict her supposed socialist ideals? How is this in line with her pursuit of a more egalitarian state?-

The president of Uruguay for example seemingly has a tiny fraction of her level of wealth. More importantly he doesn't seem to go looking for it.
22 British_Kirchnerist (#) May 18th, 2012 - 05:43 pm Report abuse
#17 See the video I posted and what happens to Senator Coleman's witchhunting “oil for food enquiry”
23 TipsyThink (#) May 18th, 2012 - 06:10 pm Report abuse
@ 19
Do you know her in person ?...talked with her face to face ?
24 xbarilox (#) May 18th, 2012 - 09:13 pm Report abuse
@ 23 wow, is she a person? I mean, is she?
25 Pete Bog (#) May 18th, 2012 - 09:48 pm Report abuse
She'll need Angolan oil because who is going to invest in the Shale fields? Might have problems if there is another drought in the fatherland, but she can always owe Angloa food/money and default on it.
26 Brit Bob (#) May 19th, 2012 - 02:24 pm Report abuse

The leader of the 100th most corrupt nation on earth meets the leader of the country rated 168th. Who will lie, cheat and fail to honour most agreements? A cheaters' tea party...
27 PirateRock (#) May 19th, 2012 - 10:49 pm Report abuse
“She is also scheduled to open a fair of Argentine goods and technology”

hahahahahahahahha. I hope they give a 3 month guarantee......
28 DanyBerger (#) May 20th, 2012 - 11:24 am Report abuse

Hello? Anybody there?

Seems your are a little confused over things here.

First this is not Britain or any other puppet peripheral state you have putted your foot on so whatever your Moron Senator thinks or does is just to entertain idiots like you. Is like one Arg. senator asks to the govt. to force the exit of USA from the world trade system. Come one do whatever you want so we will have a lot to laugh and the Arg. govt will have a good excuse to expropriate Americans companies as already have done with JP Morgan, Repsol, etc. What US company would you like Arg. Start with? Exxon perhaps? GM? IBM? Kraft? Procter & Gamble? Microsoft? Uh! The list is very long I guess.

The Arg. govt already once had sized your plain do you want more humiliation?

@ British_Kirchnerist

Why UK’s MPs have to be mistreated like this by US moron corrupted politicians?

Can we name George Galloway governor of Malvinas?
1-He is British
2-Seem to put in place the stupid Americans
3-Seem to be very smarts to make look US senators like idiots
4-Sure his party is the opposed to Idiot Camoron.

We can save the world for a new war I guess and we will have not to exterminate some British after all.

George PM of Britain, umm sounds pretty good. Where can we contribute with some Quids for his campaign?
29 British_Kirchnerist (#) May 20th, 2012 - 12:44 pm Report abuse
#28 Glad you like George, he really is a British anti-imperialist hero =) But I don't think he'd approve of your line on “Mohammed” bashing I'm afraid =(
30 Brit Bob (#) May 20th, 2012 - 04:26 pm Report abuse
George Galloway = Hugo Chavez
Hugo Chavez = CFK & Co
CFK & Co = Disaster for Argentina

CFK & Co even refused to comply with articles 47 & 49 of the IMF charter to combat terrorist financing and money laundering. I wonder why?....

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