Angola’s largest cell phone operator is the latest leading Angolan company to announce its participation at the iPAD Angola infrastructure and investment forum in Luanda next month.  With more than six million customers, more than 1000 employees and network coverage in all the provincial capitals in Angola since 2002, Unitel is the largest telecommunications corporation in the country.

The iPAD (Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development) events are well-known and respected high-level investment forums on the continent.

Says Piera Abbott, iPAD Angola director:  “Although Angola did not escape the world-wide economic slump last year, a strong rebound is expected, driven by rising oil output and higher oil prices.  Angola has a wide variety of investment and partnership opportunities in key infrastructure verticals including investment & financing, mining, oil & gas, transport, construction, ITC & telecoms.  Unitel is a prime example of a successful company in the Angolan infrastructure sector, bringing mobile phones and telecommunications to the people with a pioneering spirit that has made it the market leader and the preferred brand”.    

More companies participating in the forum include the Angolan water utility EPAL, GA Angola Seguros, Novacel, the NEPAD Business Foundation, Maat Consulting, Surgetek, TPL, Interplast, Standard Bank and Bowman Gilfillan.  

Government support

iPAD Angola is taking place from 4-5 May in Luanda followed by the Southern African Power Industry Forum from 6-7 May.  Senior Angolan cabinet members will head up the contingent of high-level dignitaries and experts addressing prospective investors including Angola’s Energy minister, H.E. Emanuela Afonso Vieira Lopes, and the Secretary of State for Industry, Kiala Gabriel, who will highlight investment opportunities and partnerships in Angola’s industrial and power sectors.

Says Piera Abbott, conference director for iPAD Angola:  “We are thrilled that, once again, we have such high-level support and participation from the Angolan government, which emphasises their commitment to making Angola an investment-friendly destination for the power and infrastructure sectors.”

Conference highlights include:

  • Keynote address: Opportunities for investment and partnerships in developing Angola’s industrial sector
    Kiala Gabriel, Secretary of State for Industry, Ministry of Geology, Mining and Industry, Angola
  • H.E. Emanuela Afonso Vieira Lopes, Minister, Ministry of Energy, Angola
    The development of independent energy;  Angola’s national and regional role in southern African power ; Update on Cabinda: electrifying for industry
  • Developing regional co-operation and contributing to Angolan growth
    John Rocha, Senior Project Manager, NEPAD Business Foundation, South Africa
  • Compulsory insurance requirements for companies operating in Angola
    Rob Lewis, CEO, GA Angola Seguros, Angola
  • Investing in Angolan oil – a legal perspective
    Linda Mabhena, Project Finance Attorney, Bowman Gilfillan, South Africa
  • Overview of the current state of logistics, customs and port infrastructure in Angola
    Silvio Vinhas, CEO, Luanda Ports Authority, Angola
  • Investors’ panel: Launching a successful business in Angola – comments and insights from established investors.  Panelists include:   Mr Sisa Ncwana, Acting Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, Angola; Roger Ballard-Tremeer, Hon Chief Executive, South Africa-Angola Chamber of Commerce, South Africa ; Yassin Gulamhussen, CEO, Novacel, Angola; Nuno Silva, CEO, Maat Consulting, Angola.

Event websites:  www.ipad-africa.com/angola and www.ipad-africa.com/powerforum

For more information or to organise interviews with speakers, please contact:
Communications Manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com
Phone:  888 559 8017 / +27 21 700 3500 (International) EXT: 3558
Mobile:  +27 82 562 7844 (International)
Fax: 413 487 6276 / +27 21 700 3501 (International)
Event location:  
Hotel Tropico, Rua da Missão 134, Luanda
More upcoming iPAD and Power events: www.ipad-africa.com