Being among young dreamers is one of my greatest joys. I can see myself in their entrepreneurial spirit and their passion for creating something new. That’s what happened at the Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference, which took place at the University of Cape Verde on October 10, 2019.
As an African woman, it was a great pleasure to be back in Cape Verde and see its evolution. In the context of the Conference “Cape Verde: Challenges of the Future”, promoted by the Portuguese National News Agency Lusa on October 11, 2019, in Praia, Cape Verde, I shared my vision as an African businesswoman for the future of Cape Verde and Africa.
More than 200 political and business leaders from around the world attended the 3rd edition of the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on September 25, 2019. New York was once again the centre of world debate and this time it was the environment that finally captured the attention of politicians, businessmen, managers and financial decision makers.
In my opinion being an entrepreneur today is looking for improvements and making the best use of the knowledge and information that is already available. It is to be deep in analysis and demanding in the outcome. To innovate, in turn, is to want the best solutions that respond to unarticulated needs or problems in the existing market.
During Africa – Russia panel at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019, I shared my perspective about Africa and called for more Russian investment in our continent.
When someone asks me what standards I want to have in my companies, I say: the best. We must always strive to raise standards to be competitive. This was my sharing at the ECR Africa Summit 2019, which took place in the European Parliament in Brussels.
I attended the UN Women debate, in New York, on equal rights for women. Today women still face many discriminatory practices that undermine their potential.
Bloomberg Global Business Forum, in New York, gathered more than 70 heads of State and 200 business leaders from all over the world. In this high-level meeting, together we discussed how to foster economic growth without leaving anyone behind.
Africa has the highest concentration of young people anywhere on the planet. It is essential to anticipate the expected population growth, but we can face it with hope and take a positive attitude for a positive tomorrow.
I shared my vision for Africa with the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders at the University of Warwick, UK. My dream is that one day Africa will fulfil its destiny and become a continent of peace, democracy and prosperity.
We have to look what are the different strengths that African countries have and how can we position our countries in a way that we can be collaborative. So it’s about recognising which is going to be our role within Africa and which will be our role within the world. Then us businessmen translating into real opportunities of business.
We need to have people that are educated, who now realize that agriculture is a money maker, is an opportunity and that we can make money out of it. The tendency for local business, once they have a guarantee to off-take, is to grow. If these are good entrepreneurs, active and full of energy, they should be growing their business.
The vision for Luanda’s future should start now as a city whose population will double in ten years’ time and reach 13 million inhabitants. In this matter it is key to listen local communities.