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President Museveni at Uganda's Independence Day anniversary
President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, gave this exclusive interview to United World at his country home in Rwakitura, in which he shared his views about the profound transformation that Uganda has undergone since the arrival of democracy in 1986, the key sectors for socioeconomic development, as well as the main economic challenges that the country is facing. President Museveni, who will attend the first African Leaders Summit in Washington and the Global African Investment Summit in London over the coming months, also spoke about the attractiveness of Uganda for European and American investors.
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State of Kedah, Malaysia
Dato' Seri Mukhriz bin Tun Dr. Mahathir, Chief Minister of the State of Kedah, met with PM to discuss the impact of the ASEAN Economic Community on Malaysia, Kedah’s economic transition from rice bowl of Asia to a hub of aerospace and high-technology, Kedah’s tourism industry and relations with the UK
Having profited from its rich oil and mineral reserves, Angola is now in the process of both diversifying its economy and using its resources to improve living standards across its population
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Angola has emerged as a key business force in Africa over the past decade and has formed a series of bilateral agreements as it improves living standards in the country and boosts its international profile abroad
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The financial sector has helped the country become a key player amongst African economies and now it is looking at a range of new projects to cement its position as a major continental force
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Finance
The governor of the State of Durango, Jorge Herrera Caldera, welcomes the reforms propelled by President Peña Nieto and explains the opportunities that await all those who decide to invest in this thriving northern State. Connected to the Port of Mazatlán by a cross-country highway, and with its third gas pipeline under construction, Durango is becoming more competitive. Rising employment rates, a climate of social peace and constant investment in infrastructure, education and training make this solar capital the ideal place for companies searching for a good opportunity on Mexican soil.
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Kweku G. Ricketts-Hagan, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Finance, talks about overcoming the major challenges in public finances, such as lowering the public sector wage bill and reducing energy subsidies. He also discusses tax reform and why Ghana is a good place to do business
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Chase bank is a leading pan-African bank that has put a lot of work into giving world class service. Duncan Kabui, CEO of Chase Bank Kenya talks about its operations in the country, its CSR activities, and the growth of mobile banking
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Infrastructure
Situated on the southeastern seaboard of the Sultanate of Oman, overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean beyond, Port of Duqm is fast becoming an important reality of the Middle East region’s rapidly transforming maritime landscape. CEO of the Port Duqm Company Mr. Rien Van de Ven talks to United World about Oman’s new center of trade and industry.
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Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Salem Al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications
Oman’s Minister of Transport and Communications Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Salem Al-Futaisi talks to United World about how the country is leveraging its geostrategic position by building 6 new ports, as well as roads, railways, airports and industrial free zones in order to create fully integrated transport and a strong logistic and supply chain system.
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With 13 domestic airports as well as an international airport – including another international airport on the way to serve the national oil refinery – the Civil Aviation Authority in Uganda is developing air transport infrastructure towards making the country the gateway to the East African Community. Managing Director of the CAA, Mr. Wenceslaus Rama Makuza, talks to United World.
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Industry and Trade
Ms Wiwiek SA, Director of PT Infra RCS Indonesia, discusses the company’s history and its range of navigation and electronic warfare products that it supplies to key stakeholders in the Indonesian defence sector
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Fernando Toranzo Fernandez, Governor of the State of San Luis Potosí, analyzes the advantages of investing in and visiting San Luis Potosí. Over 10 years of job stability, a qualified workforce and efficient collaboration between the public, private and education sectors make this Mexican entity an attractive destination in which many have already placed their trust. Natural beauty, history and opportunity in a well-connected and powerful State.
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Mariano González Zarur, Governor of the State of Tlaxcala, speaks about progress in terms of security, investment opportunities and the thriving tourist sector of a State small in territory, but big in ambition. Legal certainty, administrative simplicity, efficient labor and a strategic location, Tlaxcala grows at a determined pace and invites everyone to come and see.
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Education
INCEIF
INCEIF was established by Bank Negara Malaysia as the only university in the world dedicated to Islamic finance. President and CEO of INCEIF, Daud Vicary Abdullah, speaks to PM about Malaysia’s leading role in international Islamic Finance.
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The Malaysia campus of Australian Monash University is an exemplar of transnational education. Its staff and students are part of a global academy with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. In an interview with PM Communications, Pro Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University Malaysia talks about education’s key role in the country.
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Education is a key part of Angola's 2025 development objectives and holders of mid-to-high level state posts are increasingly qualified through ENAD
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Government
Former President of Ghana, John Atta Mills
Former Ghana president was the ‘prince of peace’, Cadman Atta Mills recalls
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In an exclusive interview with United World, Prime Minister of Uganda Mr. Amama Mbabazi taks about Uganda’s remarkable journey from “a country of turmoil” into a peaceful, stable democracy with an expanding economy. While Uganda’s oil sector develops, the country is also trying to diversify its economy. With the private sector witnessing growing investment, the PM highlights how the government has adopted a “holistic approach” to invest the in its own people, such as the areas of health, education and alleviating poverty.
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Veracruz
Javier Duarte Ochoa, Governor of the state of Veracruz, highlights the strategic positioning and infrastructure of this entity that serves as the nucleus for 80% of the country's petrochemical industry; it controls the largest gas reserves and the second largest oil reserves. Naturally positioned as the triumphant gateway to the Mexican market, they’re betting on innovation, tourism and training to continue growing steadily and attracting investment.
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Energy
Mr. Darmoyo Doyoatmojo, Chairman of Sarulla Operations Ltd. Discussed the geothermal energy sector in Indonesia and his company’s ambitious plans to develop it
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Since establishing in the early 1970’s, Petronas – Malaysia’s state owned oil and gas company - has been building the future of energy by applying expertise and advanced technologies to manage and add value to the nation’s oil and gas resources while meeting increasing energy demands. As the demand for energy solutions continues to increase, Tan Sri Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas – the group CEO and President - says that the company is focused on applying research and innovation to deliver more imaginative and efficient energy products that Malaysia, the region, and indeed the whole world needs.
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William Kodwo Tewiah spent months researching Ghana’s downstream sector and noticed a gap in the supply chain in which he could fill. This led him to establishing Zen Petroleum which specializes in hydrocarbon management solutions for mining and bulk consumers such as ports, heavy transport, and construction industries. In this interview he talks about how he came to set up Zen, his plans for the future, as well as the challenges facing Ghana and the opportunities for investors in West Africa.
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Telecoms & ICT
With over 10 million customers, Unitel is Angola’s leading telecoms company. In an interview with Globus Vision, Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer Mr. Amílcar Safeca explains that as the company continues to pioneer Angola’s telecoms sector, the country itself is also leading the ICT sector in the whole of Africa.
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Unitel
Pioneering the latest technology, partnering with foreign expertise and high quality in-house training set Unitel apart
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Chairman of Uganda Telecom, Mr. Stephen Kabayo, tells United World that the country’s expanding economy is opening up more and more opportunities for the telecom and ICT sectors
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Agriculture
Uganda has been making high-quality cotton for over 100 years, but still exports the majority of it as lint. The next step for Uganda’s cotton industry is value addition – by establishing a textiles industry to compete with the textiles centres of Asia, such as China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This is the dream of many, including Jolly K. Sabune, Managing Director of the Cotton Development Organization (CDO). For this dream to become a reality, Uganda needs foreign investors to come and take advantage of the untapped opportunities in its white gold.
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As a landlocked country, the development of roads is crucial for Uganda’s continued economic development. Local contractor BCR has constructed more than 4,000km of road in the East African state. The company has also expanded into the areas of building construction and tile making. Baguma Crescent Rusoke, Managing Director of BCR says his company is open to partnerships, adding that BCR has good track record and the experience: “Once we are given the jobs, there is no doubt that we can do anything.”
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Produced in Uganda for over a century, cotton still holds much potential for willing investors
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Tourism & Culture
Al Bustan Palace
The Al Bustan Palace (a Ritz Carlton-run hotel) is set in one of Oman’s most serene oceanfront location, with a beautiful sandy beach running for one kilometre. This palatial hotel is an “example of His Majesty (Sultan Qaboos’) vision”, says Bernard N. Viola, General Manager of Al Bustan Palace. “(There are) details that he himself created. He came down before the opening and put his personal touches on the landscaping, building details, atmosphere, and classical music in the lobby.” In this interview, Mr Viola also shares his views on turning Oman’s nascent tourism sector into a more established one, and how Al Bustan Palace serves as a symbol of Omani’s renowned hospitality.
Discovering the difference in Mexico
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After scooping numerous accolades at this year’s “travel Oscars” – The World Tourism Awards – including number one safari destination and best African airline, the Kenyan Tourism Board, which was also voted the world’s best for the second year in a row, is now aiming to win the prize for a third consecutive year by promoting more diversity in its tourism sector. Managing Director of the Board, Robert Muriithi Ndegwa, talks to United World about its initiatives
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