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Nigeria Partners Sao Tome & Principe On Investour

Nigeria Partners Sao Tome & Principe On Investour

By Emeka Umejei

Lagos — Government agencies, policy makers and private sector participants will converge on Sao Tome e Principe to addressing a delegation of prospective Nigerian investors at The Investour Sao Tome e Principe

Seminar 2011 scheduled to take place in Sao Tome, Sao Tome e Principe from 1-6 September.

The islands of Sao 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 Sao Tome e Principe include Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Angola.

The Investour Sao Tome e Principe 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 five- star holiday

package where delegates will enjoy the chance to gain insight on the investment opportunities while also exploring the touristic offerings of Sao Tome e Principe. The theme of the seminar is Go.Discover.Network.

The event which is jointly organized by National Petroleum Agency of Sao Tome e Principe (ANP-STP), Sao Tome e Principe Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Services (CCIAS) and Emerald Concierge - a Nigerian based travel management company is set to focus on partnership opportunities in various sectors of Sao Tome e

Principe's economy including Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Tourism, Telecommunications, Real Estate, Transport & Logistics, Fisheries and more.

The country's 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 some of the dignitaries expected to speak at the event.

Cosme Rita, Secretary General of Sao Tome e Principe'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 Sao Tome e Principe. 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," he said.

Rita goes on to say "construction plans are also underway on a Deep Sea Port due to Sao Tome e Principe'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, Sao Tome and Principe is one of the most beautiful places on this earth, it is the definition of paradise"

says Adaeze Ekwueme, Managing Director, Emerald Concierge. She said, "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 Sao Tome e Principe Seminar 2011 will give investors all they need to know to be successful in Sao Tome e Principe.


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