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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

So Much Opportunity in Angola


Angola is full of opportunity - by Fred Felton

Last week I was invited by Frontier Advisory to attend their latest Forum on doing business in Angola.
It was a very interesting time indeed.

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Roger Ballard-Tremeer, Neville Matjie and Daniel Swanepoel in discussion at the event.

We heard from Roger Ballard-Tremeer, Honorary Chief Executive of the Angola Chamber of Commerce that Pep Stores has 30 stores in Angola and is doing well.
House & Home is in Angola and on the first week of launching they sold out their entire stock.
There are close to 3500 Projects in Angola for the Government.  These are huge opportunities for South African companies.

Neville Matjie from Trade and Investment KZN told us there is a lot of growth in Angola.  Lots of opportunity.  Also in the Food & Beverage Industry.  Some South African companies have already visited Angola to see what is on offer.  There are challenges in Angola.  You have to develop trust especially in outlying areas.  Angola is also very expensive, this does mean you can make huge returns.  He advised companies to do their research and understand the market before you invest in Angola.

Daniel Swanepoel from Daniel John Consulting told us that it was a land of opportunity.  You have to try understand who you are dealing with.  Dress in Business attire for your first business meeting.  Look the client in the eye.  They first want to get to know you.

Luanda will have a new airport due to be finished in 2014.

Neville Matjie advised that you check Angolan companies out first before you partner with them.

Advice from the panel included:

  • You would have to know a bit of Portuguese or take someone with who speaks Portuguese 
  • There are more than 20 banks in Angola
  • Short-term Visa's are quick normally 2 days.  
Useful contacts
Twitter - @FrontierSA
Facebook - Frontier Advisory

Frontier Advisory will be having a China-Africa Business Summit on 17th April in Johannesburg. 

(Fred Felton was a invited guest of Frontier Advisory at this event)

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    The towering Himalayas are, to many travellers’ minds, the chief reason for visiting Nepal. The country tumbles steeply down from the 800km stretch of the Himalayan battlements that forms its northern border, and can claim no fewer than eight of the world’s ten highest peaks – including, of course, Everest, the highest of them all. The mountains are more than just physically astonishing, however. The cultures of highland-dwelling Nepalese peoples are rich and fascinating, and the relaxed, companionable spirit of trekking life is an attraction in itself. The Himalayas have long exerted a powerful spiritual pull, too. In Hindu mythology, the mountains are where gods go to contemplate, while the Sherpas and other mountain peoples hold certain peaks to be the very embodiment of deities.
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    The Helambu and Langtang regions are less striking but conveniently close to Kathmandu, attracting a little fewer than ten percent of trekkers. The Langtang valley trek & the Ganja-La pass are known trails in this area. This leaves vast areas of eastern and far western Nepal relatively untrodden by visitors. To hike in these areas you’ll need either to get set for camping and carry your own supplies, and live like a local, or pay to join an organized trek with tents and accept the compromises that go along with that.
    With a good operator, you can anywhere in the wild. A Great Himalayan Trail now runs the length of highland Nepal – though it will be for some time, if ever, before such a route will be serviced by lodges.
    Treks in remote far eastern and far western Nepal are mostly restricted to two kinds of globe trotters, both adventurous in their own way. The majority come on organized camping treks with agencies – in fact, this is obligatory for those areas that require a permit. The minority are independent trekkers prepared either to carry tents and food or negotiate with porters, or to seek food and lodging in local homes and basic lodges. Some great camping outdoors include the Manaslu circuit Trek, Upper Mustang trek the Dhaulagiri circuit, Rara lake trek and the great Kangchenjunga trek, both north and south.

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