Islands of Sun and Freedom in a Sea of Opportunities

Arnout Nuijt, Editor-in-Chief of Atlantico Weekly and CEO of Atlantico Business Development (an international consultancy specialized in Portuguese speaking Africa), spoke with Cape Verde’s Prime Minister José Maria Neves. Prime-minister, thank you for talking to Atlantico Weekly. First of all allow me to congratulate you on the 38th anniversary of your country’s independence from Portugal. … Continue reading Islands of Sun and Freedom in a Sea of Opportunities

The Rise of the PACs: Meet three booming Portuguese-speaking African Countries

The rise of the what? Another acronym, you say? Well, why not? In Portuguese the countries are called PALOPs, the Paises Africanos de Lingua Oficial Portuguesa (or African Countries with Portuguese as Official Language). So we call them PACs. Three PACs have become booming economies and nobody is stopping them: Cape Verde, Angola and Mozambique. Business … Continue reading The Rise of the PACs: Meet three booming Portuguese-speaking African Countries

Can Brazil Conquer Africa’s Booming Markets?

By Arnout Nuijt A recent article in The Economist gives an optimistic picture of Brazilian companies heading en masse for Africa’s booming economies, “laden with expertise and capital”, thus creating a new “Atlantic alliance” between Brazil and Africa. We hate to be critical, but is this really happening or is it wishful thinking? Yes, Africa … Continue reading Can Brazil Conquer Africa’s Booming Markets?

Cape Verde’s Unique Aviation Opportunity

By Arnout Nuijt While the Cape Verde government recently announced the creation of a (government staffed) working group that has to find ways to attract more and cheaper flights to the country, two other aviation related news items - involving national carrier TACV - are worth mentioning. Firstly the Cape Verde press reported that TACV … Continue reading Cape Verde’s Unique Aviation Opportunity