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Cablegate: Preparations for May 28-31 Economic Outreach

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 LUANDA 000336

SIPDIS

C O R R E C T E D C O P Y

STATE PASS TO THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FOR DEPUTY
ADMINISTRATOR JOVITA CARRANZA
STATE PASS TO THE OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION FOR EXECUTIVE
VICE PRESIDENT JOHN SIMON

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD ECON PREL PGOV AO
SUBJECT: PREPARATIONS FOR MAY 28-31 ECONOMIC OUTREACH
INTERAGENCY VISIT

REF: A) LUANDA 330 B) STATE 41383

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1. Post warmly welcomes the May 28-31 interagency visit of
senior U.S. officials to Angola, including Deputy
Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA)
Jovita Carranza, Executive Vice President of the Overseas
Private Investment Corporation John Simon (to be confirmed),
and AF Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Carol
Thompson. On April 25, Assistant Secretary Frazer raised the
visit with President Dos Santos (ref A), highlighting the
trip as a first step in responding to his request to deepen
our bilateral relationship by promoting economic
diversification and increased U.S. investment. We believe
the visit will enable us to expand USG outreach and, as a
result, help build a more robust and extended dialogue on
economic issues of mutual interest.

2. Post offers the following notional schedule for
consideration:

Day 1

08:00 - Breakfast and Country Team Briefing hosted by the
Charge d' affairs

10:00 - Workshop I: Private Sector Led Economic Growth
Open: Carol Thompson
Speaker: John Simon, OPIC (TBC)
Counterpart: Ministry of Finance

11:15 - Coffee/Tea

11:30 - Workshop II: Enabling the Small Business Environment
Open: Carol Thompson
Speaker: Jovita Carranza, SBA
Counterpart: National Association of Private
Investment (ANIP)

13:00 - Lunch Hosted by the Charge d' affairs with GRA
Minister(s)

15:00 - Workshop III: Reviving the Agricultural Sector
Open: Carol Thompson
Speaker: Charles Rush, Foreign Agricultural Service
Counterpart: Vice Minister of Agriculture

18:30 - Cocktail Reception at the U.S. Embassy


Day 2

09:00 - Meeting at Ministry of External Relations (Minister
or Vice Minister)
11:00 - Meeting at the National Bank of Angola (Governor or
Vice Governor)
13:00 - Lunch with U.S. Business or with the U.S.
Angola-Chamber of Commerce
15:00 - Meeting at Ministry of Finance (Minister or Vice
Minister)
17:00 - Meeting at National Assembly to discuss legislating
for business

Other Options

Meeting at MPLA Headquarters
Site visits to foreign assistance projects
Workshop on women entrepreneurs

3. Post appreciates Ambassador Diakite's April 17 pledge of
support (ref B) to DAS Thompson, and is attempting (without
success so far) to follow up on that offer directly with
Ambassador Diakite, and with the Ministry of External
Relations. We hope MIREX would be able to assist in making
available an appropriate venue, In the absence of a MIREX
venue, we propose to use the Embassy facilities, as
commercial facilities are not available and facilities
associated with American companies are comparable to what the
Embassy has. Use of Embassy facilities cuts costs and
simplifies all associated representational events, especially
the ministerial lunch. Post will provide consecutive
translation. Post is working with appropriate NGO's and the
GRA to identify appropriate participants for each workshop;
we anticipate up to 35 participants for each session.

4. Post is seeking accommodation for up to eight visitors.
Please provide the names of delegation participants as soon

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as possible.

5. Control Officer for the visit is P/E Chief Mitchell
Ferguson. Post looks forward to suggestions to our proposed
schedule and information related to participants in this
important and timely delegation.
MOZENA

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