Ana Dias Lourenço

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Ana Afonso Dias Lourenço

First Lady of Angola
Assumed office
September 26, 2017
PresidentJoão Lourenço
Preceded byAna Paula dos Santos
Minister of Planning
In office
1999–2012
PresidentJosé Eduardo dos Santos
Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community
In office
30 September 2006 – 200?
Personal details
Born
Ana Afonso Lourenço

13 April 1957
Luanda, Portuguese Angola
NationalityAngola
Political partyMPLA
Spouse(s)João Lourenço
ChildrenSix

Ana Afonso Dias Lourenço, GCIH is an Angolan economist, politician and former government minister. She has served as the First Lady of Angola since September 2017 as the wife of Angolan President João Lourenço.

Lourenço was born on 13 April 1957 in Luanda in Angola and completed her Degree in Economics (Planning) at the Agostinho Neto University in Luanda from 1979-83. She served in various capacities as the President of the National Council of Statistics, President of SADC's National Commission, National Coordinator of the FED Fund, Angola's Governor for the World Bank and African Development Bank and Member of the Government's Economic Cabinet. She was the Senior Advisor toe Provincial Planning Cabinet, Benguela, Angola, Head of Investments Department, Ministry of Planning of Angola from 1986 – 1997 and the National Director of the Investment Department. Lourenco was the Vice Minister and Minister of Planning of Angola from 1997 to 2012.

Lourenço has been in the Ministry of Planning since 1997, first as Deputy Minister of Planning from 1997 to 1999 and national Minister of Planning from 1999 to 2012. Since September 30, 2006, she has been the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community. Lourenço was the sixth candidate on the MPLA's national list in the September 2008 parliamentary election.[1][2] She won a seat in this election, in which the MPLA won an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly.[2]

Ana Dias is multilingual: in addition to Portuguese, she speaks English, French and Spanish. She is the mother of six children.

Early life[edit]

Lourenco was born on 13 April 1957 in Luanda in Angola. She had her primary education in Primary School No. 83 in Luanda from 1962-66. She attended Preparatory School Marta Rescue Salazar, Luanda from 1966-68. She attended General Course of High Schools and High School Dona Guiomar of Lancaster Luanda from 1968-74. She completed her Degree in Economics (Planning) in the University of Angola in Luanda from 1979-83. She completed her course on Analysis Course and Project Evaluation by African Development Bank Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire in 1984 and a course on Macroeconomic Policy Management Institute World Bank Economic development (IDE), in Portugal during 1992. She gained experience in Economic Planning, Investment Planning, Preparation and Evaluation of Projects and Prospective Analysis. She attended a basic training in Economics and further training in Project Management and Analysis and Project Evaluation.[3] Lourenco completed her graduation from the University of Agostinho Neto in Angola and also has a certificate in Macroeconomic Policy and Management.[4]

Career[edit]

She served in various capacities as the President of the National Council of Statistics, President of SADC's National Commission, National Coordinator of the FED Fund, Angola's Governor for the World Bank and African Development Bank and Member of the Government's Economic Cabinet. She was the Senior Advisor toe Provincial Planning Cabinet, Benguela, Angola, Head of Investments Department, Ministry of Planning of Angola from 1986 – 1997 and the National Director of the Investment Department. Lourenco was the Vice Minister and Minister of Planning of Angola from 1997 to 2012.[5] She served as the Vice Chairman of the Board's Ethics Committee and on the Human Resources Committee between 2014 and 2015. Lourenco served as an Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank Group, and represents the constituency of Angola, Nigeria and South Africa.[4] As the head of Ministry of Planning Investment, she was responsible for the development programs of Benguela Province, national director and coordinator of Infrastructure Rehabilitation Projects financed by the World Bank. Between 1997 and 1999 she served as Planning deputy minister and was twice president of the Council of Ministers of SADC. As the Governor of Angola to the World Bank and national coordinator of EDF funds.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Xyami, Angola (5 July 2008). "Eleições: Lista integral dos candidatos do MPLA, antigo PM Marcolino Moco fora, nova cara Akwá". Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2016.(in Portuguese)
  2. ^ a b "List of deputies elected in the 2008 election". CNE website. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 5 November 2016.(in Portuguese).
  3. ^ "Ana Dias Lourenço". MRFPress. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Ana Afonso Dias Lourenco". World Bank. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  5. ^ Angola Country Study Guide Volume 1 Strategic Information and Developments. IBP, Inc. 2015. p. 34. ISBN 9781438701677.
  6. ^ "Ana Dias Lourenço tested to the list of successors JES". Clubk. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  7. ^ http://www.presidencia.pt/

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