Trade mission to Angola

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Trade mission to Angola

Dutch knowledge can make an important contribution to help Angola rise up to the challenges it faces, concludes minister Lillianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) at the close of a two-day trade mission to the country. Minister Ploumen was in Angola with 27 Dutch infrastructure, energy, and agricultural companies. She met the Angolan vice president and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Transport and Oil.

Avit Systems in Angola We were given the honour of presenting Avit Angola to all of the participants of this trade mission to Angola. Avit Angola (is a joint venture and) aims to start a Data Center in Luanda. There is a large potential market for ICT solutions in Angola, primarily in the growing offshore sector. However, service provider sectors like banking and insurance also feel the need to improve their ICT environments.

The actual ICT sector in Angola consists of stores that sell software and hardware. If an organisation is looking for something more special, experts from Western Europe and America are flown in instead. This business model results in a lot of after-sales problems: by the time that issues arise with the hardware or software, the experts have long since gone. Avit Angola wants to bring more ICT knowledge to Angola to help organisations with consultancy and software solutions. Successfully implemented IT solution One of Avit Angola’s last projects was for a world-renowned multinational in the Oil & Gas industry. Due to the company’s fast growth, its presence in Angola, and its newly built office in Luanda, a new generation of ICT infrastructure was required. The system that was realised at the local data centre is based on the Cisco FlexPod design.