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With the digitalization of Angola becoming increasingly rapid, various companies are assisting in their own way, with solutions and technologies that help the country become more digital.

Carlos de Melo

CEO, SISTEC

SISTEC was the first private IT company in Angola with real impact in the market. Then, over the years, we shifted to working not only in IT but also in small industries. We subsequently dropped those projects over the years, and now we are more focused on IT, telecoms, retail business, and energy. The energy business is actually renewable energy, so we are branding it as SISTEC Energy. There are three main focus areas: the corporate business; IT solutions and telecoms, among other services; and energy, which is a brand-new area for us. The corporate segment is extremely important. The corporate business has enhanced our position in the market, and this reflects immediately on retail as well. Within the corporate side, consultancy is a major one, which helps us understand what the client needs in terms of IT, telecoms, processes, and so on. We have been certified with ISO 9001 as well with all those processes. Our job is to guide our clients, and it takes time to mature, sometimes even years. We start with the consultancy, and then the project, and then after-sales support, for example. We have key partnerships in IT such as IBM, Finastra, Lenovo, Oracle, and YahSat. These are our key partners. As for expansion, we are analyzing the possibility of working abroad with these partnerships.

José Assis

CEO, Multipla

We are looking to upgrade and set up a new data center in Angola. The majority of content should be local, and the local content will be more available if it is based in Angola. Our goal is to establish a company in communications as well as a new data center. Our target for 2023 is to build a new data center in partnership with a large company, and that will include everything from the facility to internet access. It will be challenging because it will be a 24/7 job. We are in Angola to provide services such as a simple deployment of a cloud service and other services for clients around the clock. We work hard to ensure we have the technical ability to support all the equipment. We have found people in Angola to work on this specialty, because a data center has certain peculiarities. However, it is impossible to have this position be handled remotely. We are working hard to equip our Angolan staff to be prepared to work on this technology and data center that we will build in the next two years. Oil and gas will continue to be our main focus area in the coming years, because they have high demand for of communication and services such as clouds. We currently also work with the banking, insurance and corporate clients.

Cesar Assis

CEO, Medtech Tecnologia

MedTech was founded in 1991, and after some years we founded another company below the group. Today, MedTech is one of the companies in the group, and two other companies have joined us: ShopTech and Farmácia Qualidade. Medtech has two divisions, namely IT, which is focused on corporations and not end users, as well as B2B solutions, mainly in infrastructures. We have been in partnership with Schnider for more than 20 years, and it has several areas. One would be the ups for the IT area, though there are other sub-areas like electrical substation, energy building, intelligent building, and many other things for mines. It is a fairly diverse company. In the IT area, we have the energy side, and here Medtech plays an important part in Angola. Another important sub-area is computers, in which we have partnered with Dell computer. What is interesting is that we started with Dell back when it just started doing business in the US. For next year, we are focused on the service contract for technicians. We are offering our technical services to companies and corporations. Our focus is on offering our services to those corporations such that Medtech takes care of their entire infrastructure, and they only need to focus on their normal business activities.

Wagner Luis

CEO, Lobinet

Lobinet was founded in the province of Benguela and currently has over 200 employees. We provide solutions that support the management teams of our clients, in maximizing their new technological resources. We have a wide reach, especially in the southern region of the country and Luanda with four stores. We have several projects in the pipeline, including the concession of a local industry. We will import and promote various quality components in Angola in step with the nation’s ongoing drive for diversification beyond agriculture and fishing, the core growth sectors. Other sectors must follow this evolution, and, for example, we have a project to set up Angola’s first computers assembly plant. In 2022, we opened two new stores in Luanda in addition to our network of eight stores, in a total of 10, mainly engaged in the retail business. We are approaching the Luanda market head-on, because the capital is the major economic center of our country. We need to build a progressive organization that is a model of excellence and create wellbeing for our clients and employees. In 2022, we had a growth of 30%, and the expectations for 2023 are 25%. For this, we are counting on the economy to improve this year and fundamentally on the restructuring that we are carrying out in the company.

Alexandre Nobre

CEO, Quatenus

Quatenus started to operate in Angola in 2010, in two areas of business. One concerns monitoring vehicles and machines in the field. And the second area is team management. We also have services and solutions for team management beyond full service, more in the area of tracking people working in the field. We register growth every year, and currently have over 30,000 devices tracked in Angola. One of the things that distinguishes is that we work nationwide, and not just in Luanda, from Cabinda to Kunene. That is also one of the reasons why major companies work with us. We are currently making a big effort toward the digital economy, and for 2023 will be pursuing a tax related project. In terms of IoT, we are also keen to work on the monitoring of smart equipment within warehouses and offices. One of our projects concerns data collection of all Angolans over the age of 18. When we gather the data, it becomes validated, ensuring legitimate voting with an ID card. We did biometric data gathering, which requires a photograph. We also had a project involving 15,000 users, operators on the street at voting points who could inform people where to vote.

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