Dos Santos: Angola's $17b. energy drive will help poor

August 23, 2012 06:20

HUAMBO - Angola's plans to invest more than $17 billion in electricity generation and distribution by 2016 are designed to increase social justice by giving low-income classes better access to energy, President Jose Eduardo said on Wednesday.

Investment in energy will also help develop industry and create jobs, Dos Santos said in a campaign speech to tens of thousands of supporters of his MPLA party in Angola's second-largest city, Huambo, ahead of an Aug. 31 general election.

"Increased supply of electricity is a factor of social justice which I consider of great importance, because it is the most needy in society, those who do not have resources to buy a generator, that are most harmed," he added.

A 27-year civil war that ended a decade ago devastated Angola, destroying most of its infrastructure, including energy plants and networks.

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