Angolan Parliamentarians defended funding from the 2006 State Budget for the Ministry of Science and Technology so a special attention is paid to the information technology.

The call came during a discussion in the National Assembly´s specialised commission of the 2006 State Budget, mainly the amount attributed to the Ministry of Science and Technology. Oracle Business Intelligence

Speaking of his sector's financial performance in 2005, the deputy minister of Science and Technology, Pedro Teta, said that the ministry failed to accomplish projects it designed due to the lack of funds.

According to the government official, his ministry is still running the risk of not complying with the projects in 2006, whose action, judging by the shortage of resources, is only limited to the payment of salaries.

The deputy minister said that this problem could only be avoided if there can be a revision of the State Budget, which comprises revenues estimated at 2.176 trillion Angolan Kwanza.

Mr Teta added that the Ministry of Science and Technology should deserve a special financial attention, so that it can accomplish the outlined projects and complying with the international commitments.

There is an international recommendation in which the budgets for information technologies should correspond, until 2010, one percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), said the official, stressing that the amount given to his ministry is estimate at 0,00, which does not reach 0,01 percent.

Angola Press Agency