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.