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São Tomé and Príncipe Investment Opportunities to be Showcased at the Investour São Tomé e Príncipe Seminar in September 2011

Lagos, Nigeria, July 27, 2011 --( Government agencies, policy makers and private sector participants in São Tomé e Príncipe will be addressing a delegation of prospective Nigerian investors at The Investour São Tomé e Príncipe Seminar 2011 which is taking place in São Tomé, São Tomé e Príncipe from 1-6 September.

The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe lie in the Gulf of Guinea, some 500km south of Nigeria. The country is blessed with substantial reserves of hydrocarbons, fertile vegetation and lush sandy beaches making it both a haven for investment and an exotic travel destination. Other neighbouring countries to São Tomé e Príncipe include Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Angola.

The Investour São Tomé e Príncipe Seminar is a 6 day event which includes a pre-conference day, a conference day, an exhibition/site visit day, two tourism days and a meetings/appointments day.

The Investour Seminar series combines all the elements of a conference, exhibitions and meetings event with a 5* holiday package and delegates will enjoy the chance to gain insight on the INVESTment opportunities while also exploring the TOURistic offerings of São Tomé e Príncipe. The theme of the seminar is Go.Discover.Network.

The event which is jointly organized by National Petroleum Agency of São Tomé e Príncipe (ANP-STP), São Tomé e Príncipe Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Services (CCIAS) and Emerald Concierge - a Nigerian based travel management company - will focus on partnership opportunities in various sectors of São Tomé e Príncipe’s economy including Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Tourism, Telecommunications, Real Estate, Transport & Logistics, Fisheries and more.

The Honourable Minister of Public Works and Natural Resources, Engr. Carlos Vilanova, the Executive Director of National Petroleum Agency, Mr. Luis dos Prazeres, and the Director of the Regulatory and Licensing Agency for Water, Power and Telecommunications, Engr. Deolindo Costa are just some of the dignitaries expected to speak at the event.

Cosme Rita, Secretary General of São Tomé e Príncipe’s Chamber of Commerce believes The Investour seminar will be a great vehicle to showcase the potential of his country. “These are exciting times for São Tomé e Príncipe. We have recently completed our first oil licensing round in our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and towards the end of the year, we shall invite tenders for a new GSM operator as we are presently installing submarine telecommunications cables.”

Mr. Rita goes on to say, “Construction plans are also underway on a Deep Sea Port due to São Tomé e Príncipe’s unique positioning in West Central Africa and this country is poised to be one of the most important hubs for intra-African trade in the next few years.”

“Without a shadow of a doubt, São Tomé and Príncipe is one of the most beautiful places on this earth, it is the definition of paradise,” says Adaeze Ekwueme, Managing Director “Apart from the obvious which is investing in Oil and Gas, potential investors should explore opportunities in Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism as the country is blessed with fertile soil, abundant sea life and uniquely unspoilt exotic beaches.”

The Investour São Tomé e Príncipe Seminar 2011 will give investors all they need to know to be successful in São Tomé e Príncipe.

Some of the talks in the programme include:

· Business Opportunities in São Tomé e Príncipe: How can Nigerians partner and collaborate effectively in São Tomé e Príncipe including present areas for investment and upcoming opportunities. How to create win-win partnerships?

How to map suitable opportunities? Zeferino Ceita, Nigeria-São Tomé Joint Development Authority

Free Zone Development in São Tomé e Príncipe: Assessing the benefits of the new free zone in STP to potential foreign investors. Azenros Dos Prazeres, Executive Director, São Tomé e Príncipe Free Trade Zone

Offshore Activities - Cosme Rita, Secretary General, São Tomé e Príncipe Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Services (CCIAS)

The Tourism Opportunities in São Tomé e Príncipe - Mirian Daio, Director of Tourism, Ministry of Planning, Development and Tourism

Upcoming Licensing Opportunities in Telecommunications in São Tomé e Príncipe - Deolindo Costa, Director, Autoridade Geral de Regulacao (AGER)

Oil and Gas Opportunities in São Tomé e Príncipe - Luis Dos Prazeres, Executive Director, National Petroleum Agency of São Tomé e Príncipe (ANP-STP)

Deep Sea Port Development - Antonio Aguiar, Ministry of Public Works and Natural Resources

Opportunities in Agriculture, Fisheries and Floristry - Department of Agriculture
Nigerian businesses in São Tomé e Príncipe” – Roundtable Discussion with Q & A - Edwin Krukrubo, Managing Director, Island Bank SA, Pius Agboola, Managing Director, Nicon Seguros, Celestine Elosil, Managing Director, Lumen Cristo Limitada, Fiona Breen, Emerald Concierge, Moderator

Invest in Real Estate in São Tomé - Presentation of Vila Maria Luxury Condominiums.Pedro Martins, Executive Director, Grupo Pestana Portugal
Site Visits: Excursion to Oil Palm Factory, Brewery, Cocoa and Coffee Factories

Event dates: Pre-conference Gala Dinner: 1 September 2011
Conference: 2 September 2011
Exhibition/Site visit: 3 September 2011
Tourism: 4 September 2011 and 6 September 2011
Meetings: 5 September 2011
Location: Hotel Pestana São Tomé 5*

“The Investour special report on São Tomé e Príncipe” is featured in this month’s copy of Emerald Traveller Magazine available at all Glendora and Airport bookshops.

For more information, please contact:
Adaeze Ekwueme, Managing Director, Emerald Concierge
Tel. +2348163435122

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Adaeze Ekwueme
+234 8163435221

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