9 October, 2019 - 18:45 By Kate Sweeney

From killing fields to tilling fields: Cambridge role in £60m Angola project

The UK government has reprised the role of a Cambridge company in helping to revive the post-civil war fortunes of Angola to coincide with an historic trip to the territory by Prince Harry.

He followed in the footsteps of his mother, Diana, who did so much in her royal role to draw attention to the country’s efforts to build a peacetime economy despite being littered with landmines across what became known as its ‘killing fields.”

As previously reported across several media sources, UK Export Finance (UKEF) is providing support worth £60 million for an agricultural project delivered by INCATUK in Cambridge to help reduce Angola’s $1.5 billion annual spend on food imports. 

This project will include a range of activities including providing power distribution lines, training farmers, improving roads and rehabilitating farms neglected during the civil war.

José María Arribas, director of INCATUK Ltd  was quoted at the time of the original award as saying: “This project will not only contribute to the development of the cattle livestock sector and its value chain but also help to improve the rural development of the Camambatela Planalto region by providing infrastructures that will benefit all the population.”

INCATUK belongs to a group of companies with extensive experience in international engineering and consultancy, specialising in turnkey projects for agriculture, rural development and the water cycle.

As part of the rejuvenation programme, the Government has also approved £83m for Glasgow-based IQA Group to install new electricity infrastructure in Northern Angola.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: “Secure power and sustainable food supplies will play an integral role in the future economic growth of Angola. 

“I am delighted that UK expertise, supported by UK Export Finance, is playing such a direct and important role in accelerating this country’s development and ultimately improving the lives of its citizens. In its centenary year, UKEF continues to enable companies from across the UK like IQA and Incatuk expand their global reach by helping them succeed abroad.”

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