14

May

Conferências Sol | "O Triângulo Virtuoso Angola/Brasil/Portugal: Uma Questão Estratégica Fundamental para a Lusofonia"

Sobre as intervenções na Conferência:

O ciclo de conferências «Os Grandes Desafios de Portugal nos Alvores do Século XXI», organizado pelo semanário SOL, contou com a presença de prestigiados oradores que se debruçaram sobre temas de indiscutível interesse para o nosso país. A economia, o papel das cidades no desenvolvimento de Portugal, as questões ambientais, o sector do turismo e a inovação e internacionalização foram objecto de uma atenta análise e de debate por parte de importantes personalidades.

«TRIÂNGULO VIRTUOSO: ANGOLA / BRASIL / PORTUGAL - Uma questão estratégica fundamental para a Lusofonia» é o título da nossa sexta e última conferência, que terá lugar no próximo dia 13 de Maio, no Hotel Tivoli Lisboa, e que contará com a intervenção especial do Ex-Presidente do Brasil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso. A Conferencia terá como Chairman o Dr. Ricardo Salgado - Presidente do BES, e contará entre outros com as intervenções do Dr. Carlos Feijó - Ministro de Estado e Chefe da Casa Civil do Presidente Angolano, Dr. António Mexia - Presidente Executivo da EDP e Eng. Zeinal Bava - Presidente Executivo da PT. O evento terá início às 13.00h com um almoço, seguido da conferência, às 15.00h, onde será feita uma homenagem ao Professor Ernâni Lopes, mentor deste projecto.

Poderá inscrever-se aqui ou fazer o download da ficha de inscrição e enviá-la para o fax: 213 246 541 até ao dia 10 de Maio.

Mais informações: conferencias@sol.pt

Programa   12h45   Recepção dos participantes - Entrega de documentação

13h00   Almoço

15h00   Sessão de Abertura
Chairman da Conferência: Ricardo Salgado - Presidente do BES
Ramalho Eanes, Ex-Presidente da República Portuguesa

15h30   Fernando Henrique Cardoso - Ex-Presidente do Brasil

16h10   Poças Esteves - Sócio Gerente da SaeR
(apresenta a visão do Prof. Ernâni Lopes/SaeR sobre o tema)

16h30   Coffee break

17h00   Carlos Feijó - Ministro de Estado e Chefe da Casa Civil do Presidente de Angola

17h20   António Mexia - Presidente Executivo da EDP

17h40   Zeinal Bava - Presidente Executivo da Portugal Telecom

18h00   Debate e Conclusões

18h30   Encerramento: Luís Amado - Ministro de Estado e dos Negócios Estrangeiros

30

Mar

via SIC Notícias | 30.03.2011

Tudo sobre os preceitos e tradições que envolvem um doutoramento “honoris causa”. Ou: de como Coimbra se prepara para homenagear Lula da Silva, um doutorado com «uma mão bem constituída» e «bastante grande», que obrigou a fazer um anel maior do que é habitual!…

via SIC Notícias | 30.03.2011

Estudantes brasileiros que frequentam a Universidade de Coimbra ao rubro - de capa, batina e máquina fotográfica em punho - com a presença de Lula e Dilma em Portugal. estão todos de acordo num ponto: aqui «fica bem mais fácil bater uma foto» com os presidentes. «no Brasil seria muito difícil por causa da segurança».

28

Mar

Lula da Silva diz que o Brasil tem de fazer tudo para ajudar Portugal

O ex-presidente do Brasil Lula da Silva advertiu que “não pode” já falar em nome do Brasil, mas ao pronunciar-se sobre a possibilidade de o seu país dar uma mão a Portugal na actual crise financeira afirmou que “tudo o que pudermos fazer para ajudar Portugal, temos de fazer”.
Lula, que esta segunda-feira chegou a Lisboa, sublinhou também que o “FMI não resolve os problemas”, mas que, pelo contrário, apenas os “agrava”.

Lula da Silva participou num jantar em Lisboa ao lado do primeiro-ministro, José Sócrates, e de Mário Soares e a propósito de uma eventual ajuda do Brasil a Portugal tratou de contrariar essa perspectiva, contrapondo-lhe que a crise se resolve com “a confiança dos mercados”

Lula recebe esta terça-feira o Prémio do Centro Norte-Sul do Conselho da Europa, na Assembleia da República, devendo depois rumar depois também a Coimbra, onde se encontrará com a actual presidente do Brasil, Dilma Rousseff, que esta terça-feira chega a Portugal. Em Coimbra, o ex-presidente brasileiro vai receber na quarta-feira o doutoramento Honoris Causa da Universidade de Coimbra.

via Público

cf. também: Governo de Dilma deveria apoiar programa de regresso voluntário de brasileiros ao seu país

Lula da Silva participou num jantar em Lisboa ao lado de José Sócrates e Mário Soares

Foto: Miguel Manso

21

Mar

The World in 2050: South Africa, Nigerian economies to grow

kilele:  Five off the ground! Taken on Ilha de Mozambique, Mozambique Photo by Andre Pipa“Five off the ground!”, Ilha de Mozambique (Photo by Andre Pipa)

Released last week, the revised version of “The World in 2050” also predicts that in purchasing power parity terms, the E7 group of emerging countries (China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey) will overtake the G7 economies (US, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Italy and Canada) by 2020.

“Our key conclusion is that the global financial crisis has further accelerated the shift in global economic power to the emerging economies,” the report says. The original version was published in 2006, before the 2008-09 crisis.

With reference to South Africa, the report projects an average annual population growth rate of 0.3%, and an average annual GDP (gross domestic product) per capita growth of 3.6%, from now until 2050.

It ranks South Africa as the world’s twentieth largest economy in 2009, both in terms of purchasing power parity, with the economy worth US$508-billion, and at market exchange rate rankings, with the economy worth $286-billion.

However, by 2050, South Africa is projected to drop out of the top-20 ranking, where it could be replaced by Nigeria, which has a higher average annual growth rate till 2050 (at 7.9%), a higher average annual growth rate per capita of five percent, and higher average annual population growth rate of 1.5%.

Nigeria has the largest expected contribution from population growth over the next 40 years, which will significantly increase its working age population contributing to GDP growth.



NextThought Monday: Why Africa is Open for Business
Recently, I was asked to present the business perspectives in Africa to students of one of the top business schools in the US. When I asked the students at the beginning of my presentation if they would be interested in doing business in Africa, the great majority didn’t raise their hands. When I asked the few who raised their hands what type of business they would engage in Africa, their answer was working for an NGO or a microfinance organization. While this sample is not statistically valid, I think it represents the general perception of Africa in the U.S. as a region where there are no businesses in which to invest, except for philanthropy. For many, Africa is a region of famine, wars, poverty, and sickness. This stereotype is reinforced by the news media in the rare Africa news they chose to broadcast. In addition, most Americans never visited Africa and most likely will not. Therefore, any information that is received about Africa is taken for granted.
But in the last decade, things have been changing. Better governance, investments by Eastern countries, the end of wars, and the resolution of the debt crisis have all resulted in significant progress in supporting businesses and the resulting maturation of the business climate.
You will find more than 9 million search results from Google by typing “investing in Africa.” But beyond interesting anectdotes many noteworthy papers and books have been published on the subject of “investing in Africa” in the recent years, including:

Paul Collier, author of the influential book, “The Bottom Billion,” published “Now’s the Time to Invest in Africa“ in Harvard Business Review in 2009. 


The McKinsey report Lions on the Move notes: ”Today the rate of return on foreign investment in Africa is higher than in any other developing region”. 


The annual flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa in 2008 increased to $62 billion, from $9 billion in 2000.


Wal-Mart Stores announced a cash offer of over 2 billion USD for a majority stake in the South African retail company Massmart Holdings, one of South Africa’s biggest retailers.


The CEO of the Rwanda Development Board makes the case for Rwanda in the Independent, a local media: Rwanda is now open for business.


My friend Ryan Allis, CEO of iContact, speaks about Why invest In Africa? in hisDare Mighty Things blog and provides good links for investments in Africa.


An interesting interactive graphic “The New Gold Rush” recently published by The Wall Street Journal shows how the rise of a new consumer class is shifting the balance in Africa.

So how much more information does one need to be convinced that Africa is a worthy investment? Obviously, the continent is a complex grouping of 53 independent countries and clearly the business environment required for investments is not homogeneous. The growth of individual countries across the continent will differ greatly.
The risks of investing in Africa remain high, just as they are for most emerging markets. But the perceived risk is much greater than the real risk.  And once the risk goes down, the returns won’t be as good.It is therefore important to carefully select the countries where to invest.The McKenzie report cited above provides good economical information on the African market. The report provides a ranking of countries in 4 categories:
1) Diversified economies: Africa’s growth engines: South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
2) Oil exporters: They have the continent highest GDP per capita but the least diversified economies: the three largest producers are Algeria, Angola and Nigeria.
3) Transition economies: Rapid growing economies but agriculture and resources sectors account for as much as 35 percent of GDP and two-thirds of exports: Ghana, Kenya, Senegal
4) Pre-transition economies: Their economies are very poor, with annual GDP per capita of just 353 USD: RDC, Ethiopia, Mali

NextThought Monday: Why Africa is Open for Business

Recently, I was asked to present the business perspectives in Africa to students of one of the top business schools in the US. When I asked the students at the beginning of my presentation if they would be interested in doing business in Africa, the great majority didn’t raise their hands. When I asked the few who raised their hands what type of business they would engage in Africa, their answer was working for an NGO or a microfinance organization. While this sample is not statistically valid, I think it represents the general perception of Africa in the U.S. as a region where there are no businesses in which to invest, except for philanthropy. For many, Africa is a region of famine, wars, poverty, and sickness. This stereotype is reinforced by the news media in the rare Africa news they chose to broadcast. In addition, most Americans never visited Africa and most likely will not. Therefore, any information that is received about Africa is taken for granted.

But in the last decade, things have been changing. Better governance, investments by Eastern countries, the end of wars, and the resolution of the debt crisis have all resulted in significant progress in supporting businesses and the resulting maturation of the business climate.

You will find more than 9 million search results from Google by typing “investing in Africa.” But beyond interesting anectdotes many noteworthy papers and books have been published on the subject of “investing in Africa” in the recent years, including:

  • Paul Collier, author of the influential book, “The Bottom Billion,” published “Now’s the Time to Invest in Africa“ in Harvard Business Review in 2009. 

  • The McKinsey report Lions on the Move notes: ”Today the rate of return on foreign investment in Africa is higher than in any other developing region”. 

  • The annual flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa in 2008 increased to $62 billion, from $9 billion in 2000.

  • Wal-Mart Stores announced a cash offer of over 2 billion USD for a majority stake in the South African retail company Massmart Holdings, one of South Africa’s biggest retailers.

  • The CEO of the Rwanda Development Board makes the case for Rwanda in the Independent, a local media: Rwanda is now open for business.

  • My friend Ryan Allis, CEO of iContact, speaks about Why invest In Africa? in hisDare Mighty Things blog and provides good links for investments in Africa.

  • An interesting interactive graphic “The New Gold Rush” recently published by The Wall Street Journal shows how the rise of a new consumer class is shifting the balance in Africa.


So how much more information does one need to be convinced that Africa is a worthy investment? Obviously, the continent is a complex grouping of 53 independent countries and clearly the business environment required for investments is not homogeneous. The growth of individual countries across the continent will differ greatly.

The risks of investing in Africa remain high, just as they are for most emerging markets. But the perceived risk is much greater than the real risk.  And once the risk goes down, the returns won’t be as good.

It is therefore important to carefully select the countries where to invest.

The McKenzie report cited above provides good economical information on the African market. The report provides a ranking of countries in 4 categories:


1) Diversified economies: Africa’s growth engines: South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.


2) Oil exporters: They have the continent highest GDP per capita but the least diversified economies: the three largest producers are Algeria, Angola and Nigeria.

3) Transition economies: Rapid growing economies but agriculture and resources sectors account for as much as 35 percent of GDP and two-thirds of exports: Ghana, Kenya, Senegal

4) Pre-transition economies: Their economies are very poor, with annual GDP per capita of just 353 USD: RDC, Ethiopia, Mali