Georges Rebelo Chicoti

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Georges Rebelo Chicoti
HE Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Foreign Minister, Angola.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
26 November 2010
Personal details
Born (1955-06-16) 16 June 1955 (age 62)
Dondi, Huambo Province, Angola
Alma mater University of Abidjan, University of Paris[1]

Georges Rebelo Chicoti (born 16 June 1955) is an Angolan diplomat.[2] He has served as Angola's Minister of Foreign Affairs since 26 November 2010.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born at Dondi in Huambo Province, Georges Chicoti spent a great part of his childhood in Zambia, but came back to Angola in 1975. In the early 1980s he was one of the first high-ranking officials of UNITA and their leader Jonas Savimbi subsequently sent him to Ivory Coast for an education program in 1978. He began studies at the University of Abidjan in 1979. He received a master’s degree in Economic Geography in 1985. He then pursued doctoral studies at the University of Paris, receiving a diploma of higher studies (with thesis) in 1986.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Chicoti emigrated to Canada in 1987 and worked at the Imperial Bank of Canada in Toronto for several years before enrolling in the Institute of International Relations and Cooperation at the University of Ottawa in 1989. There he received a diploma in international relations and was also accredited as an assistant professor. At the same time he served as a consultant to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In 1990, while still living in Canada, he founded the Angolan Democratic Forum, a political party based on his views and philosophy. In 1992, President José Eduardo dos Santos invited Georges Chicoti to return to Angola and serve in the Angolan Government as Deputy Minister of External Relations. In 1994, he was formally appointed ambassador in the Angolan diplomatic corps. He has represented the Angolan government at a number of international conferences and summits. He also headed the Angolan delegation to several sessions of the U.S.-Angola Bilateral Consultative Commission in Luanda and Washington in 1999-2000. A decade after entering the government, he is one of the longest serving senior officials.

Chicoti was one of the first members of UNITA who traveled to Luanda before the Bicesse agreements, implying that the MPLA government could find a 'modus vivendi' with members of UNITA who did not agree with Jonas Savimbi. The Angolan Democratic Forum participated in the first elections and obtained a seat in the National Assembly. Chicoti later left his party and joined the MPLA, eventually ascending to its Central Committee. George Chicoti has many critics within UNITA, who considered his approach to the MPLA as a betrayal.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Assunção dos Anjos
Foreign Minister of Angola
26 November 2010–present
Incumbent