The Embassy of Angola in Berlin
Address: Wallstrasse 58 10179 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: (+49) 30 240 89 728
Amb. Balbina Malheiros Dias da Silva
Malheiros Dias da Silva speaks Portuguese, French, English, Spanish and is married.
She completed the Foreign Relations course at the National Party School in 1981-1982. She then studied at the Faculty of Law of the Universidade Agostinho Neto in Talatona until 1984. Afterwards she graduated in Political Science and Diplomacy at the Rio Branco Institute in Brasilia in 1990. Malheiros Dias da Silva joined her country’s diplomatic service in 1983. She worked as a diplomatic attaché at the Directorate for Latin America and the Caribbean at the State Department. Three years later she became head of the department of North Africa and the Middle East. She was also responsible for overseeing the Organization for African Unity (OAU). Since 1993 Malheiros Dias da Silva has held the rank of Second Secretary at the Embassy of Harare, Zimbabwe. Malheiros Dias da Silva took up the post of head of the department of Central and Eastern Europe in 2000, after being responsible for the Ministry of Southern African Affairs in 1998. Three years later, she was appointed Director of the Department for the Americas. From 2012 to 2019 she was Ambassador to Zambia. Balbina Malheiros Dias da Silva was accredited as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Angola in Germany on 24 October 2019. She was also appointed as a non-resident ambassador in the Czech Republic.
Germany and Angola have maintained a stable relationship, with numerous official state visits by both states. In 2011 Federal Chancellor Merkel paid a state visit to Angola. This visit led to a joint declaration of intent between the governments of both Republics to intensify bilateral dialogue, through a political partnership signed in Luanda. Angola is Germany’s 3rd most important trading partner.
In 2007 Angola and Germany signed an investment protection and promotion agreement and since then interest in helping to rebuild Angola’s infrastructure has risen. In 2010 State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Pfaffenbach opened a Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Luanda; and, a German-Angolan Business Initiative (DAWI) was set up in 2007.
The Goethe Institute in Luanda reinforces German-Angolan culture and education. It is believed that more than 2,000 Angolans have studied in Germany