Angola’s government is proceeding with an international tender for a concession to manage, operate and expand Angola Telecom’s national and metropolitan transport backbone network, Novo Jornal reports. The plan aims to attract private sector expertise, with the chosen company also expected to train staff at the state-backed telco, under a wider strategy to ‘make the public business sector more dynamic and profitable’. A presidential order approving the procedure notes that the planned private-public partnership aims to take advantage of the skills and funds of national or foreign investors. The order delegates responsibility to the telecoms minister – with the power to sub-delegate – for approval of procedures, appointment of an evaluation committee for the competitive tender, and verification of the validity of all actions carried out within the scope of the tender.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Angola Telecom was earmarked for privatisation under the country’s 2019-2022 Privatisation Programme (PROPRIV), but a sale of a stake in the company is yet to be announced.