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banks in Africa, as can the Africa Finance Corporation”, as well as the multilaterals, where he acknowledged that “there has been an e ort to strengthen the relationship, which may result in support to a few projects”,
not forgetting COSEC, an entity that Manuel Mota considers “crucial for the Portuguese companies when operating in Angola and Mozambique, and it would be important for it to create the possibility of operating in other markets, something which we have felt they are willing to evaluate.”
About the Portuguese banks, he acknowledges that “the crisis in
the sector and the bankruptcy of many Portuguese construction companies in recent years hindered the sector’s evaluation, but the track
record of companies like Mota‐Engil should warrant the banks’ crucial support to boost the sector and its internationalisation.”
TRAINING AND SPIRIT OF SOLIDARITY
Recognised as having raised awareness to the topic of sta  training, Manuel Mota reveals that he has been promoting partnerships with universities in the markets, promoting integration and training of local sta , in line with
the Trainee Programmes that have been promoted in the Group and complemented with on‐the‐ground vocational training.
As the o cer responsible for Africa,
he did not miss the opportunity to convey a message to the young sta 
to “embrace the challenge of going to Africa, for their personal development and faster professional evolution that will necessarily take place, given the di culties experienced in the African context, created by the problems we face each day. It will surely be an opportunity to grow, to assert themselves and to be a part of the Group’s growth in this region.”
Not forgetting the policy of corporate social responsibility, he acknowledges that he “would like to carry out a construction project of social nature,
in partnership with Manuel António da Mota Foundation (MAMF), continuing something the Group has always done, but in a more systematised way, enabling optimising the return and the impact of the investment on the community.”
GOALS FOR AFRICA AND THE GROUP
As a member of the Board of Directors
of the holding company, we asked Manuel Mota to outline the Group’s main challenges, which he did, starting from now and from recent years’ achievements that he emphasised as a cycle in which “the Group went, in a little over a
decade, from being a group primarily present in Portugal to an international group, which required considerable
investment and in which we are now reducing and balancing the balance sheet”. About the future, “we just have to think that we are in markets with high growth potential, in which, if we are competitive, if the global economic cycle contributes and if the political stability continues in the countries, we will have the conditions to accompany those economies’ growth”, also adding that “we have to identify opportunities to expand into new business areas and to look to our core construction business as an internal challenge in accompanying the technological evolution and integrating the best practices as a way to optimise processes and e ciency, in order to always be competitive.”
In conclusion, Manuel Mota mentioned having, for Africa, “the objective of reaching one billion euros in turnover and of meeting the goals of the Strategic Plan”, which he  rmly believes “will be met” in the coming years.
We are in markets with high growth potential, in which, if we are competitive, if the global economic cycle contributes and if the political stability continues in the countries, we will have the conditions to accompany those economies’ growth.
MANUEL MOTA
CEO of Mota‐Engil Africa
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