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Angola’s president, João Lourenço, Guinea-Bissau’s economist Carlos Lopes and South Africa’s manager Maria Ramos are part of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2019, alongside names such as Elon Musk and Idris Elba.
The list made by África Report was published in the April-May-June issue of the magazine and included another Portuguese-language national, Carlos Saturnino, the current president of Angola’s state oil company, Sonangol, who is 99th place.
Maria Ramos, a native of Lisbon who in January announced her departure from the presidency of one of the largest African financial groups (Absa Group Limited) headquartered in Johannesburg, is 32nd.
Ramos was the director general of the ministry of finance [1996-2003] in the term of former president Nelson Mandela, having been appointed as president of the Absa Group in March 2009, after directing the state South African transport company, Transnet, since January 2004.
Lourenço, who is in 82nd place, had the magazine considering that “the new broom of Angola is still sweeping the remains of the old corrupt regime.”
It said that Lourenço still has “a lot of work to do” to strengthen an economy very dependent on oil revenues, considering that there will be many more challenges to prove whether the Angolan president is up to the task.
In 85th place is Guinea-Bissau’s economist Carlos Lopes, former president of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and currently a teacher at the Cape Town University, where he teaches governance.
The magazine highlighted his work in promoting a trade-free zone in Africa, pointing out that it is currently dedicated to the analysis of how the “Green New Deal” can be applied in Africa.
The list is headed by Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote, the richest African in the world, with a fortune estimated by $10.3 billion, and includes names like South Africa’s entrepreneurs of Tesla, Elon Musk (2nd), and UK actor from Ghana, Idris Elba.Source: Lusa