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INSTITUTIONAL
INTERVIEW WITH MANUEL MOTA
CEO OF MOTA‐ENGIL AFRICA
“THE FUTURE OF ANGOLA WILL BE VERY POSITIVE
AND MOTA‐ENGIL WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE COUNTRY’S DEVELOPMENT, AS IT ALWAYS HAS”.
I
n a year like 2017, which
was, at Mota‐Engil Group, characterised by the signi cant
and where the current Chairman, António Mota, frequently mentions feeling at home whenever he arrives there.
Manuel Mota mentioned that “Mota‐Engil has always been right next to Angola, in the good and in the bad times, sometimes with signi cant  nancial e ort in the most di cult moments, but this has made us the greatest exponent of the business relationship between Portugal and Angola”.
He considers that “the change of cycle has been taking place in a positive
way”, feeling “growing demand by the international community, with greater interest in supporting investment”, which makes him consider that “the future of Angola will always be very positive, and Mota‐Engil will support the country’s development as it has always done.” After Angola, he went to Poland, where he took on the role CEO of Mota‐Engil Central Europe, returning to Africa
in February 2016, where he is now
responsible for the executive leadership of a region with around 14,000 employees spread out over 14 countries, and a turnover that was, in 2017, of 860 million euros.
THE CHALLENGES
OF MOTA‐ENGIL AFRICA
Taking stock of 2017, Manuel Mota mentioned that “the growth of the activity was resumed”, and now “the main challenge is to increase production for a remarkable growth after having conquered an order book that brings with it comfort for the next two and a half years.”
Analysing the current moment in the region, he assumes that “the increase
in the price of oil for countries such
as Angola, the expectations of the beginning of very signi cant investments in coal and gas for Mozambique’s future, stability in countries such as Malawi, along with new countries in Eastern Africa with more diversi ed economies, enable us to consider that there may
growth of the portfolio of contracts in Africa to over 2.5 billion euros, by the increase in turnover and by the opening of new markets in the region, we interviewed Manuel Mota, CEO of Mota‐Engil Africa, member of the Group’s Board and representative of the third generation of the Mota family, which enables him to have privileged knowledge and, as he says so himself, an added responsibility over a company he knows since he was born.
A STRONG CONNECTION TO ANGOLA
He had his  rst international professional experience in Angola. Since talking about Mota‐Engil is talking about Angola, that is where we started, a country about which Manuel Mota confesses to feel
“a love within, something that is in the whole family”, it being the country where his grandfather, Manuel António da Mota, began the company’s activity in 1946,
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