Sputnik followed a Russian-African business session carried out under the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg (SPIEF) and spoke with the Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos about the prospects for Russian-Angolan economic cooperation.
In Brussels, during the ECR Africa Summit 2019, which took place in the European Parliament, Isabel dos Santos gave an interview to Afrika Europe.
I realised quite late in life that my education had been quite rare for an African girl. My father raised me exactly has he had done my brothers, and never told me: “girls don’t do this” or “girls cannot be that”.
First I would like to say I don’t work with my family, I never have. I’m an established business person, I started my own company at the age of 21. I’ve always been extremely independent. When I started working, I started off with a very small business.
This is the question: how does this all this happening here makes a difference in our everyday lives? I think there were a lot of great contributions that came through. A very strong one was the issue of policy: can we have policy alignment?
Twenty years ago, we didn’t have African business symbols. And nowadays you see that it has been recognised that each country has investors and strong key players in their economies. And now, a lot of these key players in their economies are not just playing in their own countries.
There is a clear message that I want to leave which is: one thing is your family life, the people who raised you, that give you values, that educate you, that make sure that you go to school.