Going on foot is one of the most direct ways of getting to know a city and its people. In Luanda’s case, it’s also one way to check the rate of the country’s economic development.
Regular visitors exploring the city’s busy highways and byways over the last year or two are struck by the speedy multiplication of shops, restaurants and cafés.
A parallel trend has been the increase in the quantity and quality of fresh produce available in these establishments and on the colourful displays of street-sellers.
Both these welcome changes indicate two important recent advances in Angola: firstly, greater efficiency in logistics, permitting easier flows of goods from factories, farms and fisheries, and secondly, rising productivity in this vast land.
Stacks of gorgeous golden pineapples and buckets of tasty lobsters symbolise much more than a bargain as prices fall – they signal Angola’s advancing economy!
John Kolodziejski, Editor
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