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Proceeding four decades of war economic and political reform has become strategic imperatives for the government of Angola This brief is intended to explain where the nation is now and what can be done for the future The aim is primarily at long term trends rather than the short run cycles of hyperinflation and control which have overwhelmed Angola for the past decade However it still is important to place present efforts in historical context Angola achieved independence in 1975 after more than four hundred years of Portuguese rule Immediately following this Angola has been troubled by civil war and unrest which reached unprecedented levels of death and destruction following UN sponsored elections in 1992 Angolas economy remains severely affected by the long war and the destruction resulting from it and though there continue to be severe problems with alternating cycles of inflation and control there are long run trends related to growth agriculture and oil revenue that can be analyzed to help orient policy toward long run goals Angolas population has been adversely affected by the war With a median age of 18 years old for both men and women you can see that most Angolans have not lived long enough to reach their golden years With the hopeful passing of the war the population should build up again and become more stable and healthy population is not a grave concern at the moment Education is also severely lacking The wars must stop before schools can consistently remain open Getting schools money and more teachers is necessary however even though there may only be one teacher for every 80 students it is still important to keep those children in an educational environment The government should look to enforce school more critically but will look hypocritical in doing so until they give some fiscal priority to this basic social service More importantly is Angolas overall economy When viewed from the standpoint of value added the
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