Angolan Investment Opportunities to be Showcased at iPAD Angola in September

Luanda, Angola, July 01, 2011 --( Senior Angolan cabinet members will once again head up a high-level, expert government delegation addressing prospective investors at the annual iPAD* Angola investment forum which is taking place in Luanda, Angola from 13-16 September. The conference and exhibition will focus on infrastructure partnership opportunities in the Angolan agriculture, power, water, transport & logistics and mining sectors. The Angolan Transport minister, Mr Augusto da Silda Tomás, Economy minister, Mr Abrahão Pio dos Santos Gourgel, and the Planning minister, Ms Ana Dias Lourenço, are just some of the dignatories expected to speak at the event.

*iPAD = Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development

One of the most promising economies of next decade
“In fact and without a shadow of a doubt, Angola is positioned as one of the most promising economies of the next decade,” says Aguinaldo Jaime Ferreira, chairman of ANIP’s Restructuring Commission and iPAD Angola’s honorary president. ANIP is Angola’s National Private Investment Agency. Mr. Ferreira continues: “During 2010, Angola registered a private investment volume amounting to more than three billion US dollars, which enabled the country to be considered as one of the most successful in attracting private investment, by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (CNUCED).”

iPAD Angola’s director José Monteiro agrees: “According to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook, Angola is expected to have one of the world’s largest economic growth rates in 2012, at 10.5 percent. As well as posting growth of more than average for the world economy, Angola will also post higher growth than emerging markets and African oil exporting countries in 2012.”

Rethinking Angola’s infrastructure ecosystem
According to José Monteiro, the government is strongly committed to diversifying the economy and to improving the national industry. He explains: “such a goal is only possible through a huge effort to develop infrastructure. Transport and Logistics, Power, Water, Mining and Agriculture are all strategic priorities within the government infrastructure investment programmes for the medium term.”

iPAD Angola is all about rethinking the overall infrastructure ecosystem says José Monteiro, “its developments, gaps and hurdles, addressing all actual partnerships opportunities and about strategising on how to sustainably grasp such opportunities. We also look at the challenges of doing business in and with Angola, including the high operational costs, technical and economic sustainability, finding the right partners.”

Highlights on the programme include:

# Infrastructure partnership strategies, trends and opportunities in Angola
- His Excellency the Angolan Minister of Economy, Mr. Abrahão Pio dos Santos Gourgel, Ministry of Economy, Angola*
# Review of the governmental projects, programmes and initiatives for infrastructural development in Angola
- Her Excellency the Angolan Minister of Planning, Ms. Ana Dias Lourenço, Ministry of Planning, Angola*
# The importance of public-private partnerships to ensure the ideal profitability of public infrastructures and benefits from public investment
- Mr. Mário Rui Pires, National Director, Technical Support Unit of Public-Private Partnerships - PPPs Unit, Ministry of Economy, Angola
# Transports & Logistics: Programmatic analysis of the partnership opportunities in the transport sector: review of the railway and port rehabilitation programme
- Mr. José João Kovíngua, Deputy Minister of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Angola*
# Power: Evaluation of the investment opportunities within the national energy infrastructure construction and rehabilitation programme
- Mr. João Baptista Borges, Secretary of State for Energy, Ministry of Energy and Water, Angola
# Water: Exploring opportunities in rural areas and knowing the reason why it could be so attractive for investors – The “Water for all” program
- Her Excellency the Minister of Energy and Water, Ms. Emanuela Vieira Lopes*
# Mining: The new mining code and its impact on greater private sector participation and investment in the mining sector: designing an attractive legal framework for national and foreign investors
- Mr. Francisco Queiroz, Manager, Technical Commission to Review Mining Legislation – CTRLM, Angola
# Agriculture: Steps being taken by the government in order to attract investment to the agricultural sector: review of the rural development and fertile soil distribution programmes
- Mr. Domingos Nazaré Veloso, National Director of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Angola
# Workshop: The new PPP law - The law in force and detailed review of its impact as a business driver
- Mr. João Caiado Guerreiro, Partner, Franco Caiado Guerreiro & Associados
# Workshop: Private Investment law
- Dr. Nuno Chaves Frota, Attorney, GLA – Legal Law Offices, Angola
# Site visit: the Port of Luanda

*Invited speaker

Event dates: Pre-conference workshops: 13 September 2011
Conference: 14-15 September 2011
Site visit: 16 September 2011
Location: Talatona Convention Hotel, Luanda, Angola.

iPAD Angola
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