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Fábrica de Sabão: An old soap factory turned co-working space in Luanda slum


Fábrica de Sabão (Portuguese for soap factory) is a co-working space and innovation hub located in one of the largest slums in Angola’s capital Luanda. The building, once an old soap factory, has been refurbished and is now lined with old shipping containers which have been turned into offices, workshops, meeting rooms and a market place where products made at Fábrica de Sabão are sold. The hub also functions as a start-up incubator, where entrepreneurs can draw on the knowledge and expertise of partners and affiliates at the workspace, together with receiving peer-to-peer mentorship, training and access to networking opportunities.

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Investing in port infrastructure in Angola


Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, the  founder and chairman of the Advisory Board for Quantum Global Group, talks about the Port de Caio project (POC), how it will benefit the surrounding community and Angola as a whole, and his involvement in it as a majority shareholder.

How long has the POC project been going on for?

The port has been under development for close to 10 years during which time the port concept was both expanded and altered to reflect current market realities. Initially, a group of promoters that included myself and other local Angolans were established to take on the crucial role of port promoter during the critical early development phases.  As the port concept developed, the state became involved in important discussions on legal and financing matters.

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Angola: Construction of Railway to New Airport Under Way

The works of installation of the new international airport in Luanda, started in 2007, located in the commune of Bom Jesus, municipality of Icolo e Bengo, Luanda, were inspected, Monday, by the head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos. In a two-hour visit, the Head of State, after his arrival at the site was briefed on the generality of what has been done and what remains to complete, by the minister of Transport, Augusto da Silva Tomas and of Urbanisation and Housing, José da Silva and also by the representative of China International Fund Limited, responsible for the works.

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Through Various Development Initiatives, GE is Having a Positive Impact on Angolans' Lives

Since 1958, GE has been operating in Angola where they have worked hard to expand their portfolio in the country. With the introduction of GE Transportation, the company delivered its first diesel locomotive to the Angolan Rail Company in 1967. Today, GE Angola employs more than 600 people across important economic sectors, which include oil and gas, power and water, rail transportation, energy and healthcare. GE is working closely with the Angolan government to help the country achieve the goals set out in the energy sector revitalisation programme known as Vision 2025. As a result of this relationship, Angola has had the opportunity to explore a wide range of opportunities, including innovative power generation techniques as well as modernising the transportation sector.

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