The relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and
the transfer of technology is undergoing a great deal of academic scrutiny
and policy analysis. A growing body of literature shows that FDI can be a
channel by which to transfer and/or acquire technology; however, there
is a paucity of empirical studies on this as it relates to African economies.
This article seeks to fill some of that gap by focusing on how FDI inflows
are contributing to the transfer of technologies specifically into
Angola’s energy sector. The analysis is based on qualitative research
conducted in Angola in 2014 and reveals that energy production and
distribution-technology infrastructure, including machinery and human
skills, have been developed largely through FDI inflows. There is, however,
no evidence that this FDI has enlarged Angola’s endogenous scientific
and technological research capabilities in the energy sector; therefore,
policies that promote these capabilities, especially manufacturing
capabilities, should be introduced.