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“I advise (investors) to come here, because it is better to come and see it once than listen about it a hundred times. We have spectacular opportunities for willing investors” GENERAL HIGINIO LOPES CARNEIRO Governor of Cuando Cubango
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Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis, Malta’s Minister of Tourism
Malta’s Minister of Tourism Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis discusses the importance of tourism to the Maltese economy, new marketing strategies, expanding Malta’s tourism offerings beyond sun, sea and sand, and preparations for 2018 when Valetta will become European Capital of Culture.
Under the leadership of H.E. President Denis Sassou Nguesso – one of Africa’s longest serving leaders – the Republic of Congo is all set for an economic boom, as new oil, mining, agriculture and infrastructure projects are expected to come on-stream in the coming year
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Following the devestating conflicts of the 90s, the nation has worked hard to restore its cultural heritage and architecture, of which the Congolese people are very proud
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Ambitious infrastructure plans pave the way for Ghana to become the energy hub of West Africa
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Finance
Governor of the Bank of Uganda Dr. Emmanuel Tumusline Mutebile discusses the central bank’s role in maintaining macroeconomic stability and his efforts to enhance the performance of the banking sector in Uganda.
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The Upper Reach team interviewed Mr. Issa Al Mannai, Chairman of Quantum Middle East, to discuss the business situation in Qatar and its rapid economic and infrastructural development. Mr. Al Mannai spoke of the increasing ease of doing business in the country, its impressive economic performance over the last decade, and the capacity of Quantum to identify problems and offer solutions to its clients.
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The Houston-based oil company has been operating in Equatorial Guinea since the beginning of the oil boom
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Infrastructure
The ports, which sit on the South Atlantic Ocean, not only serve Angola’s 19 million people but also act as a gateway to the rest of sub-Saharan Africa
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Minister of Transport, Augusto Da Silva Tomas, speaks to United World about the factors behind Angola’s economic progress, the development of transport infrastructure, and Angola’s geostrategic position.
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Equatorial Guineans can attest to the buzz of activity taking place across their country. Cities and towns have come to resemble bustling construction sites, with the end results popping up in many forms, from gleaming towers in the capital, Malabo, to new roads cutting through dense jungle in the countryside, providing vital transportation links to rural communities
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Industry and Trade
The PM Communications team interviewed Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa, Chairperson of the National Planning Authority, and asked him about the activities of the NPA, and its role in promoting Uganda as an investment destination at the Global Africa Investment Summit. Dr. Mugerwa spoke about the origins of the NPA, the activities it undertakes, sectors with investment and the Uganda Vision 2040.
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Thanks to its varying development programs and its future-focused strategies and vision, the country is in a good position to become an economic powerhouse on the African continent
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With its Horizon 2020 plan already in full swing, the government of Equatorial Guinea has found a trusted partner in PAC International, an established construction company that has extensive experience in the international market
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Education
Marathon Oil, EG LNG and AMPCO strive to develop a national workforce and increase local content
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The education and training of Angola’s young population presents both a challenge and an opportunity to give the population the skills needed to boost the country
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Taking on the essential task of helping transform one of Kenya’s greatest assets – its human capital – into an educated, qualified and talented workforce, Kenyatta University (K.U.) has been supporting the country’s social development and ever expanding economy for going on four decades.
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Government
For most of his career, General Francisco Higino Lopes Carneiro has been a leader. He has served as Minister of Territorial Administration, a military commander of the Angolan armed forces from 1977 to 1979, and Minister of Public Works for almost 11 years. His experience in leadership is now serving him well as leader and Governor of Cuando Cubango, a state in which there has been an “economic revolution” during the last two year, according to the General. The province was once known as the ‘Land at the End of the World’ because of the lack of roads and basic infrastructure, but the name is no longer warranted as the Governor has a plan to build 4,00km of road through 2017.
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“We have over 10 government departments represented here in the British High Commission. We don’t have people here lightly; we all have a real job to do. The High Commission setup is an illustration of just how wide the relationship is,” British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin says in this interview with PM. He also discusses raising awareness about Ghana amongst British SMEs and the signing of the partnership agreement between the EU and the Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS), which he agrees will help to spur further industrialisation of Ghana, which is an ECOWAS member.
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Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Minister Ministry of Foreign Affairs, talks about Angola’s role as a regional as a peacekeeper, the country’s the National Development Plan, and relations with the Unites States.
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Health
With the U.S. and Republic of Congo having worked together on issues such as strengthening regional security, improving the health of Congolese citizens, and safeguarding the environment, the two countries’ relations are positive and cooperative
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Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Minister of Health of Indonesia
A former director at the World Health Organization, Dr. Nafsiah Mboi has brought her substantial experience to the challenging role as Minister of Health if Indonesia. In this interview with Unites World, she discusses Indonesia’s Millennium Development goals, her priorities as Minister of Health, the introduction of universal health coverage and the potential of the pharmaceutical sector in Indonesia
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In an interview with Worldfolio, world renowned neurosurgeon Dr.Ali Zirh, based in Istanbul, Turkey, talks about the challenges and achievements of his career and the state of the Turkish healthcare sector
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Science & Technology
Oman, like the rest of the Gulf States, spends a mere 0.2% of GDP on research and development. But, Dr Hilal Ali Zaher Al Hinai, Secretary General of The Research Council, says that the country has high expectations on R&D for the next phase of development. “We have two main builders – we have the research which is the knowledge generation part of it and then we have innovation which is the value capture from knowledge. As a focus on priority, the research strategy has put priority on different sectors: health, energy, education, ICT.”
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In this interview with United World, HH Sayyed Dr. Fahad Bin Julanda Al Said Assistant Secretary General of Innovation Development Department at The Research Council discusses Oman’s quest to become a hub for innovation. Crucial to achieving this goal is The Research Council (TRC), which has developed a National Research Strategy for Oman that is linked to the Sultanate’s overall development plans and, like them, has the clear goal and vision of improving all aspects of life in Oman. TRC is also behind the establishment of Innovation Park Muscat (IPM) and Knowledge Oasis Muscat.
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Creating a knowledge economy based on scientific and technological research and innovation is the top priority of the Omani government. Crucial to achieving this goal is The Research Council (TRC), which has developed a National Research Strategy for Oman that is linked to the Sultanate’s overall development plans and, like them, has the clear goal and vision of improving all aspects of life in Oman. Dr Abdulbaqi al Khabouri, Director of Scientific Parks Department at The Research Council, speaks to United World about the vision behind the establishment of the TRC, the building of science and innovation parks such as The Innovation Park and Knowledge Oasis Muscat, and collaboration with Sultan Qaboos University
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Conglomerate
Successful economic diversification will be achieved through discipline, transparency, equity, citizenship and planning
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Having gained its place among the most reputable and powerful companies in Turkey, Kolin Group of Companies successfully conducts its activities in the construction-contracting, energy, port operation, and mining and tourism-service sectors. Now a preferred business partner and reliable service provider in Africa, Mr. Bruhan Nassur – Director of Kolin Uganda, which where the group’s African operations are based – talks to United World.
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Established in 1974, Teejan Group has emerged as one of the most prominent and leading conglomerates in Oman. Teejan's operations today cover a wide spectrum of activities and services including construction, fire & security engineering, laboratory engineering, environmental engineering, electromechanical, food & beverage, cleaning & equipments, furnishing and information technology. Mr. Hamed Al Harrassy, Founder and Chairman of Teejan Group, speaks to United World about Oman’s development and Teejan’s contribution to economic diversification.
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Mining
Uganda
Various energy and mineral projects aim to tap into Uganda’s resource-rich soils to help meet domestic demand for power and add value to its mineral stocks
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Dwindling resources have forced exploration of deep waters and the endeavor has paid off with a number of deep offshore projects set to come on-stream, which hold the potential to significantly boost production
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The Republic of Congo’s mining industry is developing swiftly following 50 years of uncertainty; as a consequence, the country is quickly becoming a hot spot for global mining investments
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Others
The Angolan capital Luanda will host an economic forum to highlight investment opportunities in the up and coming province of Cuando Cubango in September, which will serve as a follow up event to the forum held in Cuando Cubango itself in late July.
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23rd African Union Summit in Equatorial Guinea
The citizens of the continent’s wealthiest country per capita are now seeing the benefits of oil revenues, thanks to the government’s heavy investments in public works and social infrastructure
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The company contributes to a number of projects in education and health, in particular in the fight against malaria
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Energy
Mr. Surya Darma, Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Renewable Energy Society, discusses the development of the renewable energy sector in Indonesia.
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Rudy Suparman, President Director Star Energy
Star Energy was created in 2003 as an independent energy company, with its base of operations in Indonesia. Its Vision is to be the fastest growing, most profitable, best managed energy company in the region. In this interview with United World, Rudy Suparman, President and founder of Star Energy talks about Star’s expansion plans, how he came to establish the company, and Star’s geothermal projects.
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Rida Mulyana, Director General for New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation
Rida Mulyana,Director General for New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation, speaks to United World about the current energy situation of Indonesia and efforts to adopt more renewables into the energy mix, particularly geothermal, in which the country has much potential
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Telecoms & ICT
investors are being sought to roll out fiber-optic cable around the country, to enable 4G technology to be deployed. At present, only around 8,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cable have been laid in the 240,000km2 country
The nation’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector has registered astronomical growth over the years, and is ranked amongst the fastest growing in Africa. Uganda and its friendly business environment bring a wide range of hi-tech opportunities in areas such as data, mobile banking, and fiber-optics.
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Impressive growth in the telecommunications sector has ensured Angola has emerged as a veritable land of opportunity for ICT players of all flavors
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Unitel continues to invest in Angolan telecommunication infrastructure and in serving the needs of its clients
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Agriculture
In an interview with PM, Dr Michael Abu Sakara Foster, Executive Chairman of Sakfos Holdings, sat down to discuss the agriculture industry in Ghana and the main challenges it faces, such as addressing the low level of mechanization and the lack of value addition industries. Dr Foster also talks about the possibility of budding gas production contributing significantly to the fertiliser industry and what this could mean for agriculture and also draws on his own experience as both a farmer and high-level manager.
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Kevian is a Kenyan drinks company that has been producing water and natural fruit juice beverages since 1992. In this interview with United World, Kevian’s Managing Director Kimani Rugend discusses the history of the company, the quality of its products, and future expansion plans, which include a venture into soup making and expansion to the US.
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Accra Brewery Ltd was established in 1931 and today manufactures a range of quality beer products such as Club Premium lager, Chibuku, Eagle lager and its latest innovation, Stone lager. It also develops non-alcoholic beverages such as malt and soft drinks. Apart from refreshing Ghanaians with its products, it is also a large employer both directly and indirectly, sourcing its raw materials such as cassava locally. It is also assisting farmers to develop new techniques and farming processes to facilitate productivity. Mr. Anthony Grendon, Managing Director for Accra Brewery Ltd, speaks to PM about this and the agricultural sector in general in Ghana.
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Tourism & Culture
Remembering those who struggled for freedom
A unique historic attraction
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Snow on the equator, the largest freshwater lake in Africa, and the longest river in the world. Organic, pesticide-free produce and 30 different types of banana. This is Uganda for tourists, where lush vegetation, wild game, and friendly locals come together to make Uganda an inviting home-away-from-home for travelers in search of everything from cultural interaction to wild game to extraordinary beauty.
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Transport
“The GSA has brought trade to the fore in this country. There is no doubt about it. People don’t consider the importance of logistics. Over the last 40 years, what the GSA has done, which is a monumental achievement, is to bring to the fore the fact that shipping has an important role to play in our economy,” says Dr Kofi Mbiah CEO of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) in this interview covering the transport and logistics sector in Ghana. Mr Mbiah talks about how GSA is persuing the technological enhancement of the business of trade and transport by introducing systems such as "MOBISHIP" system, which allows importers track vessels using a smartphone. “But that is not enough,” he says. “We have to go further.”
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Secretary of State for Transport José Kuvíngua talks about economic diversification, the role of the private sector in intermodal transport, opportunties for PPPs and some of the major transport infrastructure projects in Angola
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Paving the way to sustainable development (The road from Luanda to Uige)
Investments in intermodal transport strategy essential to unlocking the full potential of the vast natural resources of the country and of the wider region
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Defence
The PM Communications team interviewed General Odongo Jeje, Minister of State Defence of Uganda, and asked him about the security situation in the country, and the Armed Forces. General Odongo Jeje spoke about the current political and economic stability of the country, and also about the importance of bilateral agreements with other nations in the attainment of security in the country and the region.
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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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Indonesia is working towards military modernization and has introduced a law that will prompt increased local content and less reliance on exports in the local defence industry
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Real Estate
Uganda
The PM Communications team interviewed Hon Daudi Migereko, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, and asked him about the latest developments in the housing sector in Uganda. Mr. Migereko spoke about the rising urbanization rates, and the growing demand for construction. He also encouraged foreign investors to tap into the emerging opportunities in the sector.
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It has been 12 years since Angola emerged from three decades of conflict. In that time, the nation on the southwest coast of Africa has developed one of the continent’s fastest-growing economies
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With environmental and societal values at its core, Valero Builders is looking to become one of the 3 most important construction companies in Guayaquil in the next few years. Architect and Executive President of Valero, Mr Luis Valero Brando, talks to Ibatin about the building firm’s quest.
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Fishing
Agriculture accounts for around 30 per cent of GDP, employs more than 80 per cent of the workforce and needs investment to grow
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Armando Inroga, Minister of Industry and Commerce speaks to Upper Reach about the importance of agriculture to the nation’s economy and in the fight against malnutrition. He also discusses the push to develop the cabotage industry, the effects of regional integration and the value of Mozambique’s human capital.
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Oman Fisheries Company is one of the largest private companies in Oman, heavily exporting to Europe and Asia and looking to expand further to the US
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Services
PM COMMUNICATIONS team interviewed Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Legal Consultants and spoke to Barnabas R. Tumusingize (Managing Partner), Joseph Luswata (Partner), Nicholas Ecimu (Partner), Moses Segawa (Partner) and Gertrude Wamala Karugaba (Partner) about the legal environment and procedures in order to do business in the main sectors of the economy. The Sebalu & Lule partners spoke about the strong reputation and business expertise of the firm, their international affiliations and the key role that they are playing in guiding foreign investors and companies in the country.
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Centurion’s team of U.S.-trained lawyers has negotiated more oil and gas contracts than any other legal firm in Africa, and provides advisory services in everything from government procurement and contracts to construction law, and corporate and commercial law, among others. Managing Partner NJ Ayuk speaks about Centurion’s role in Equatorial Guinea
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Uganda has been a major engine of the East African Community, a market of 150,000,000 people, rich in natural resources, known for its touristic attractions, and full of untapped potential to be discovered
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