LUANDA, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Rotating Chairman of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Angola Liu Yiyong on Thursday called on Chinese companies operating in Angola to take more self-protection and security measures amid rising crimes in the African country.
The recent months saw more crimes against Chinese expatriates as the economy of the oil-dependent country was badly hit by the stagnant international oil prices, Liu said in an interview with Xinhua.
On Wednesday, Liu's chamber of commerce also held a seminar on security risks in the country, in collaboration with the Chinese embassy to Angola and the International SOS, a well-established international company providing medical and security services to travellers and expatriates in foreign countries.
Representatives from over 30 large-scale Chinese companies took part in the event and exchanged views with experts from the International SOS on security issues and crisis management.
At the seminar, Li Guangming, an official in charge of security issues with the Chinese embassy, also urged Chinese companies in Angola to invest more on security and self-protection measures.
Currently, over 500 Chinese companies were operating in Angola, playing a key role in the post-war re-construction process of the African country. However, analysts say the high crime rate and poor policing in some parts of the country could negatively impact on foreign participation.
In its latest foreign travel advice, the UK government said there have been a number of recent kidnapping incidents involving foreign nationals taken from their vehicles in Luanda by armed gangs.
The UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel to the country's Cabinda and Luanda Norte provinces. It also called on its citizens not to walk around the capital city Luanda after dark due to a high level of crime in the city.