Logistics Plus And Its Impact On The Nation Of Angola

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Introduction As Logistics Plus considers entering the growing African nation of Angola, our team looks more closely at the country’s geography, government, economic history and current economic situation, and relevant key current events.
We have been asked to focus on the fact that Logistics Plus is closely tied to GE’s business and that they are known to piggy-back onto where GE establishes business around the world. Logistics Plus also tries to get involved in the same industries that GE is involved in because it makes it easier for them to establish a promising business that way.

Key Industries The key industries we have been asked to research are mining, petroleum and infrastructural development projects underway in the area. GE
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The county spans across 481,353 square miles of land with a coastline reaching just under 1,000 miles. As of 2011, 47.3% of the land is used for agriculture, 46.8% is forest, and 5.9% is used for other purposes. Angola’s natural resources include petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, and uranium. The country is facing some environmental issues including pasture overuse and subsequent soil erosion leading to population pressure, desertification, tropical rainforest deforestation, water pollution due to soil erosion, and inadequate supplies of potable water. To combat these issues, Angola is party to some environment international agreements.

Government
Even though Angola is one of Africa’s major oil producers, it is also one of the poorest countries in the world. After a 27 year civil war ending in 2002, it was hard for them to bounce back to stability. They are currently rebuilding under the guidance of their president José Eduardo dos Santos who has held the position since 1979 and was guaranteed the last five-year term because of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). MPLA was founded in 1956 and merged two nationalist organizations. Dos Santos is credited with leading the country to recovery after the end of the civil war in 2002. Others believe Dos Santos could be doing more for the country and spreading the profits from the oil more widely.

Economic History
Additionally, the civil war destroyed much of
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