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Isabel dos Santos spoke recently at the AfricaCom 2019 event that was held at Cape Town International Convention Centre from November 12, 2019, through November 14, 2019. She appeared as a representative of Unitel, which is the biggest mobile operator in Angola. If you’re familiar with Isabel dos Santos, you’re already aware that she is one of the most influential businesswomen in the world. She’s also ranked as the richest woman in Africa and one of the wealthiest black women in the world.
She attended the AfricaCom 2019 event to discuss 5G specifically, lending her voice to the landscape of technology leaders looking to move Africa forward for more prosperity and greater business opportunities. She pointed out that, “Telecom operators are eager to deploy the 5G network, but that requires a strong investment in Energy, just as it happened in Telecommunications.”
About AfricaCom 2019
AfricaCom is a huge event and the most influential technology convention on the entire African continent. This year’s event ran three days, from November 12 through November 14. There were over 500 exhibitors present and more than 450 expert speakers, making this event a must-attend for any business seeking the ability to stay competitive in the current landscape.
Attendees were able to hear expert speakers, have access to case studies and informative materials, and learn from presenters who showcased best practices in all facets of technology usage. Some topics covered extensively during the event included IoT, AI, Fintech, and the subject discussed more thoroughly in this article, 5G.
The event this year was a resounding success, with more than 15,000 attendees. Here, the greatest minds in the field provided thought-provoking materials that were jam-packed with actionable tips and excellent resources to help businesses and the continent move into the future.
About Isabel dos Santos
Isabel dos Santos is the daughter of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who was the President of Angola from 1979 to 2017. She is currently listed by Forbes as one of the richest women in the world, with a net worth of over 2.2 billion dollars. Isabel was born in Angola but attended school in England. From an early age, her parents instilled the belief that with hard work, she could achieve anything. And dos Santos has surpassed every possible expectation. She received her Electrical Engineering degree from King’s College in London and her first investment came in 1997 with a restaurant and nightclub called Miami Beach — it was the first of its kind in Angola.
From that early investment, dos Santos has maintained her track record of investing in new and innovative ideas. She moved from that business to Trans-Atlantic Investment Services which was a firm in the diamond industry. In each of her enterprises, dos Santos has maintained a clear interest in giving back to the community and creating more opportunities for Angola and the entire continent of Africa. She next moved onto a trucking business, and during that experience, she realized that there was a need for improvement in communications. Throughout this time she continued to invest, create businesses, and strengthen her portfolio.
Isabel dos Santos invested heavily in Portugal and interests in Angola, where she truly wanted to make a difference for businesses and the public. This drive to improve life in her native country was likely a major consideration when she co-founded Unitel. Unitel would go on to become the largest telecommunications company in Angola, and they created much of the infrastructure that Angola needed. Their innovations opened communication for Angola, throughout the nation and around the world. This, of course, improved individual businesses’ abilities to create new customer bases and grow on the world stage, rather than staying isolated within the boundaries of geography.
Currently, dos Santos is widely recognized around the world for her brilliant business acumen and her devotion to bringing new economic growth to Africa. That’s quite a lot to accomplish at only 46 years of age.
Isabel dos Santos’ Support of Investments to Lay the Foundation for 5G
Isabel dos Santos attended AfricaCom 2019 as a represented on her company, Unitel. She spoke at length about the current difficulties that Angola faces with regard to the lack of infrastructure. Unitel invested heavily in infrastructure in order to make telecommunications in Angola a reality.
The figures are quite staggering. According to dos Santos, Unitel invested 2.2 billion dollars in private money toward fiber optic infrastructure in order to bring Angola up to date in their ability to use telecommunications. However, more is definitely needed in order to propel the use of 5G. It’s projected that the population of Africa will double to somewhere around 2.4 billion people by the year 2050. The population at that point will be greater than that of China. It’s clear that the investment in infrastructure will be immense and necessary to not only accommodate for the future but to develop an economic landscape where the citizens can thrive.
Isabel dos Santos pointed out the need for 5G is incredible because it would allow businesses access to the world of eCommerce.
“Africa has to build a big e-commerce platform, which will bring great opportunities. There are fewer barriers, costs go down and we will be able to communicate our product better and to a much larger audience,” dos Santos said.
The next big frontier for businesses will most certainly be digital, as they are currently in other parts of the world, such as the US. This ability opens up new customer bases and allows businesses to thrive outside of their small environment. It also brings in much-needed economic growth for smaller businesses to thrive and become the larger giants of Angola’s future.
She said, “The next big companies in Africa will be largely driven by digital economy and e-commerce.” And she pointed out that, “If African governments create business models, it will stimulate positive investment environments.”
In order for Angola to be able to use 5G technology, the infrastructure must be built and secured, just as Unitel did with telecommunications. Isabel dos Santos called on the government to work in concert with private businesses and funds in order to finance the advancements that can get this technology up to date for the country.
Digital commerce and eCommerce will bring much needed economic security as the country and continent continues to move forward with new industries and investment opportunities. The more businesses which find success, the better positioned the citizens are to find meaningful employment and create a more fulfilling life without leaving the country or continent. So the added infrastructure becomes integral so that the immense growth that Angola has propelled keeps moving forward.
The digital world is the next frontier. But, as dos Santos pointed out during the event, it will only be a reality if the infrastructure and resources are there to support 5G.
Matthew Fleeger, the CEO of Dallas’ Gulf Coast Western and a dignitary in the oil and gas industry, is a businessman of many successes. Before acquiring said success, Fleeger jumped through the obligatory hoops that all industrious entrepreneurs do. While attending Southern Methodist University, Fleeger amassed sufficient knowledge on finance and marketing. After graduating, Fleeger was poised for success. Fleeger’s father, the successful owner of an oil and gas company, served as Fleeger’s inspiration as he plunged into business pursuits. Fueled by his enterprise and ambition, Fleeger ventured into the business world with his entrepreneurialism in tow.
For seven years, Fleeger hopped from job to job in the hopes of obtaining substantial experience in his domain. Given his leadership skills, Fleeger excelled in executive roles. While he assumed some entry-level positions, Fleeger rapidly ascended through the ranks. Though numerous Texas-based companies were champing at the bit to bring Fleeger on board, he eventually decided to work for Gulf Coast Western, his family’s business. Fleeger’s stint at Gulf Coast Western proved rewarding, but his entrepreneurial leanings inspired him to embark on his own endeavor. In 1993, Fleeger founded MedSolutions, a company responsible for the disposal, treatment, and management of medical wastes.
While at the helm, Fleeger led MedSolutions to industry success. Over the course of 14 years, Fleeger held the title of CEO, president, and director. Come 2007, Fleeger was approached by Stericycle, an organization keen to acquire MedSolutions. After some tough negotiating, Fleeger sold MedSolutions for $59 million. When Fleeger parted ways with MedSolutions, a job at Gulf Coast Western was waiting for him. His experience as a founder, CEO, and master negotiator made Fleeger the perfect candidate for President of Gulf Coast Western, a position he still holds. From budding entrepreneur to renowned tycoon, Fleeger’s coming-of-age story truly inspires.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
My father opened the business in 1970, I took it over in 2007 and did an asset acquisition of another oil company to expand our client base and funding capabilities.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I get in the office around 08:45 after I drop my children off at school, which is a personal time I truly value. It is the most motivating factor that makes me want to continue to succeed in business. I spend the first hour prioritizing the day, then start to address the mission-critical items first and work down from there.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The trend that excites me, is the innovation and American ingenuity taking place in our oil industry. The advancements in technology have created opportunities and efficiencies that weren’t there even five years ago.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I have always been a proponent of creating task lists. I write everything down I want to accomplish then prioritize my goals before I start. This allows me to focus my efforts and see the pace of my progress throughout the day, week or month.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to find a work and life balance earlier. My wife gave me a gift one year, and I truly live by it now. It was a sign that says” Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”. I believe Dolly Parton made the expression famous.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
People are inherently lazy. I believe it is important to approach my team from a myriad of motivating angles, this helps to avoid perpetuating disengagement.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I visualize a positive outcome first, then create a path to obtaining it second.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
My strategy was simple. I would grow my business around honesty, integrity, and creativity and I expect the people around to be the same way. I believe that my clients appreciate the first two parts the most and the latter is exciting and fresh for everyone involved. I comprise different types of joint ventures with diversification, transparency and always having the integrity to put my money in it as well. I believe in what products I make available and the only way you will continue to grow is these three principals.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I was focused on expansion in the beginning and it led me to make an asset acquisition that only seemed good on the surface. When I suspected it was not as I perceived it, I shut it down and cut my losses. I continued to do my due diligence which allowed me to unravel it before it caused any more damage to my company.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The book that I would recommend is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I truly believe these principals still apply today and are a good foundation for success.
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Brian Tambi is an expert investor who has invested in the various organizations in the United States of America and other parts of the world. Brian has held different executive positions in many companies, apart from investing his cash in several firms in the medical sector. Initially, Brian worked as the president and the Chief Executive Officer of Antrim Pharmaceuticals. His leadership skills saw Antrim rise to be a world-class pharmaceuticals company. This firm earned him a positive reputation and acquired a lot of wealth, especially after disposing of the company.