In December, on the fifth day of the month, we celebrate the International Day of Volunteering. This is a very important date for me because I believe that Social Responsibility should be shared by all of us, individuals and companies, and that together we make a difference in our communities and in our country.
At the AfricaTech event, as part of AfricaCom 2019, which took place from 12 to 14 November in Cape Town, South Africa, I asked: “Can we have an e-commerce platform in Africa that competes with the world’s largest e-commerce platforms? My vision is positive. I do believe so.
We are an investment group. We have invested in many fields, so we have over 30000 employees. So, we are a very large company. And one of our latest investments is a state-of-the-art technology company, which is a brewery in Africa, in Angola.
For us, as an African business, is very important to be here because we are able to show our products, to also show our brands, to show our industry, our technology, and we can trade with China. We would like to trade with China. We were very very inspired by President Xi Jinping’s idea of opening up the Chinese market also for Africa.
For the last 20 years, China’s growing economy has been one of the key driving forces and anchors of growth of the world economy. At China International Import Expo 2019, in Shangai, China, I stated that thanks to its “One belt, one Road” strategy, China’s vision is now making sure that global growth, will in turn contribute to consolidating China’s economic strength in the long run.
It really is a pleasure to be here and this Summit is something that I believe will change the relationships between Russia and Africa, especially with respect to investments and partnerships that can make our continent grow.
Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos told Lusa that the experience gained by Portugal and the Portuguese businessmen in the last economic crisis should be used in Angola to define “a plan” to get out of the crisis.
When an Angolan product is internationally recognized for its high-quality, it becomes a historic day for Angola. And so it was when our Luandina was awarded with Gold Award of Monde in Rome, Italy.
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.
People and natural resources. Combining the two achieves the best possible outcome: it reveals capabilities, creates opportunities and jobs, generates value and quality from our products. Encouraging national production from North to South, seeking out each Province’s treasures and working up close with communities.
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.
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.