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so after the war, the angolan government made a revival plan of their economy. and one of the biggest projects for them was to rehabilitate one of the three biggest textile plants. marubeni had experience in this kind of job. so we proposed a plan to the angolan government and contracted them in 2009. we say it's an ecp contract. it means engineering, procurement of the machines, and construction. our role was to make a factory that works and give it to the angolan government. and then the angolan side will operate. >> here, the main industry is oil, petroleum. but the petroleum industry has a limit, especially for the employment of local angolan people.
so there's a need to diversify the industries here. a major project here is construction of textile factories. i think it is incredible, you know, the angolan people are very young. they have potential and i feel the younger people are changing the culture and the way of thinking. >> when we started this project in 2009, the road to the factory was in a very bad condition. and it sometimes took us two or three hours to go to the factory. now it takes around 30 minutes, when there's no traffic. >> i started here in 2013 for the recruitment of almost 200 employees because we needed to start the factory.
this area is called cazenga. canga ishe biggest area of luanda, so many people live in this area. this place, cazenga, has a lot of necessity, like many places in luanda. so when we started recruiting in the area, our focus was to get in touch with the community. we have workers that live just across the street. we have some workers who just need to jump the wall and then they're in their house. >>[speaking foreign language]
♪ >> the factory was closed for almost 20 years. it was good for us, the training and recruitment for the operation. some people did not know what textile mean. even for me it was a new thing, because i used to work in an insurance company. >> of course, there are many machines here from all around the world. and one important thing that we thought was that the angolans have to operate by themselves. >> marubeni helped us to get the technical knowledge that we need. we have some very good machines. some of the best in the world. we did some jobs with this
do not be afraid. a person that works hard for this project will be affected. you can read the japanese here. arigato. thank you very much, in japanese. i will be remembered, i have a story to tell. we need to have our own companies, our own opportunities, because we depend so much on the others. it would be very nice if we could have our own fabric, our own clothing, cars. the country would be easier to live in. ♪
>> in the past, in my childhood, i had to struggle to go to school. i had the will to get educated, but i did not have the means. my beautiful wife. i had one notebook and i used to have a powdered milk can which i used as my bag. when i would get to school, i would take the books out and use that same can as my chair. >>[speaking foreign-language] >> now i can work, support my family. i am married and having babies very soon. it is nice that i can be part of this project. it is nice that many projects
like this will happen in angola because i certainly need it. ♪ >> i think it is a very important goal for them to operate by themselves. i feel them trying to have the ownership and i think that is , very important for them. when i see the young angolans working here and i feel the energy, i have a sense that we have done something meaningful. >> a tree comes from a very small seed, but in the future it will become a very huge tree. that is the idea i have of this company and the idea of our country.
we came from a very small seed but we are growing, and in future we will be a huge company and a huge country. >> this is a project which takes the seed of cotton all the way through to the final product. the cotton is very focused on making sure we pay them, and create fair living conditions. it is about creating a win-win situation for everybody. uganda exports $50 million worth of cotton. they have the opportunity to turn that into $750 million worth of finished goods. if it does that across the whole of africa, africa has the ability to create 9 million jobs and $30 billion worth of gdp.
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