“I am a victim of Fake News & Victimisation” -Isabel,Angolan former President’s Daughter
Angolan government had recently announced the freezing of multi-billion dollar assets belonging to the African richest woman,Isabela Dos Santos.But the highly influential businesswoman described recent development as a witchhunt followed by coordinated dissemination of fake news.
She specifically questioned why her opening a company in Netherlands is an issue when ,according to Público, other large Portuguese entrepreneurs also own companies in the Netherlands, which is a European country.
“16 PSI-20 listed Portugese companies have 31 companies registered in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands”,she quoted the publication to defend herself.
She also denied reports that she is cooperating with the Angolan authorities,noting that ” It is false the news that I am predisposed to release information of any kind in relation to any figure linked to the Angolan State or any other State.
“This kind of FAKE NEWS is immoral, devoid of ethics and patriotism”,she noted.
The international businesswoman declared that her travails stems from the decision of President Lorenzo to fight the Santos family,noting that she has done a lot to attract investment into Angola even in cooperation with the incumbent president
Quoting bible ,she tweeted that “There is nothing hidden, which will not be manifested, nor hidden, that will not be known and revealed. (Luke 8:17)Bible – Luke 841.
A European platform,www.financialbuzz.compublished her profile last year which revealed a rising profile which may have been considered a major threat to the incumbent leadership.
The article on her profile and contribution to Angolan development is re-published below:
Isabel Dos Santos Spearheads Major Investment Drives for Angola
Isabel Dos Santos is making waves for all the right reasons in Angola. The self-styled entrepreneur has single-handedly driven the narrative for a just, fair, and egalitarian socio-economic order. Her fervent pursuit of equal opportunity for all is starting to pay dividends as more women enter Angola’s bristling economy and assume positions of authority across multiple industries. Trading Economics has Angola’s GDP clocked at 2.5% for 2017, with an average of 8.68% between 2000 and 2017.
Such growth is virtually unheard of in developed economies, and is equally impressive in developing economies such as Angola. GDP figures are strongest in mining, public administration, services, construction, and agriculture. The Angolan economy is built on crude oil production.
It accounts for virtually 100% of export earnings of the country and an estimated 75% of all government revenues (via taxation). Angola’s rise to superstardom has not been easy. After the civil war, Angolans began to rebuild their country and tap into its rich resource pool.
Several notable business leaders have been instrumental during the country’s evolution, Isabel Dos Santos being one of them. She sits on the board of major international corporations such as Zap, CANDANDO, and Unitel, among others. An electrical engineer by trade, she qualified at the prestigious Kings College in London and quickly went to work building a business empire in Angola and abroad. Her social consciousness movement has moved in sync with her business activities, helping to fast-track growth, innovation, and empowerment initiatives across the region.
She has a hand in multiple development initiatives, notably telecommunications, electric vehicle technology, social development programmes and charities.
Isabel Dos Santos Sharing Work First the Seed, then the Future
Among the many causes she has championed are the Pediatric hospital (chief donor and partner), clean water initiatives, an ongoing campaign to eradicate malaria from Angola, and volunteer-run programmes to assist sick children in the country.
Employees at Dos Santos’ companies are encouraged to be volunteers in their towns and cities, to assist underprivileged people and build a sense of supportive community. Isabel’s most prized initiatives are the promotion of women in the business world. She actively supports scholarship campaigns for talented females, and advances qualified females through the ranks at her companies.
The Dos Santos dream is filled with promise. She hopes to be able to lay the groundwork for women to succeed in business, academia, and in life as talented and productive members of society. Many of her campaigns begin at grassroots level, such as the strawberry plantations in Humpata, in the province of Huila.
This particular project provided work for 120 women. Thanks to this successful project, many complementary businesses have also taken root. Together these SMEs have created a value-chain for local enterprise and it’s helping to grow the economy, one town at a time. Viewed in perspective, these individual developments are creating jobs and adding to state-level GDP.
Dynamo Dos Santos Involved in Valuable FDI Initiatives
Isabel Dos Santos is also working hard to expand Russian investment in Angola and throughout Africa. She recently attended the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum as a delegate from Africa. In total, some 50 guests – all global business leaders – were seated at an exclusive dinner with Russian premier Vladimir Putin.
Presently, Russian investment in Africa totals $17 billion and Dos Santos is pushing to expand Russia’s investments in Africa to levels reached by India ($80 billion), and China ($120 billion). Isabel made a strong case for Russian investment in Africa, citing the dramatic strides taken by India and China as cases in point.
Under President Vladimir Putin’s leadership, Russia is looking to expand its geopolitical influence far and wide. Back in the days of the USSR, Russia was a major player across Africa, from Namibia in the south all the way to Egypt. Dos Santos believes that Russian investment will be needed for infrastructure growth and development.
These include roads, highways, ports and harbors, telecommunications networks, hospitals, schools, et al. Transportation networks are particularly important to bring Africa up to speed with international standards. She cited poor internal trade routes as a bugbear to African growth and prosperity.
Major Russian business enterprises pledged support to investment initiatives in Africa, including the CEO of EXIAR (Russian export insurance company) who indicated that exports could reach $1 billion in 2019. Isabel made the case for Angola, a country with vast untapped potential in terms of human resources and natural resources. Dos Santos praised Africa’s entrepreneurial flair and the passion of its people while promoting the continent as haven for foreign direct investment. Chinese premier Xi Jiping was also in attendance, and his country already has billions invested in Africa. During the years of the USSR, Russia was a major player in Africa.
The Russians built the Capanda Dam which supplies electrical energy to Luanda, Angola’s capital city. Isabel and other African business leaders are seeking that type of commitment from Russia.