We are proud to announce that one of our dedicated members, Dr. Disney Leite Ramos, was on Monday, January 8, 2024, appointed Economy Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe by President Carlos Vila Nova!

São Tomé and Príncipe is one of Africa's most stable and democratic countries and the Economy Ministry is key to the country's continued socioeconomic development, so this is a very important appointment worthy of hearty congratulations!

OAAD is a voluntary competence-based international organization where we prioritize sacrifice and dedication to advance nation building. At OAAD, we have had firsthand experience of Dr. Ramos' sacrifice and dedication. Dr, Ramos made relevant sacrifice to participate in an in-person corporate engagement we had with some Chinese companies on June 16, 2023, in Shànghǎi, China. Similarly, when we had an important engagement with Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, the African Union's Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, on September 1, 2023, also in Shànghǎi, despite his busy schedule, Dr. Ramos provided moral support to the OAAD delegation. He has also been actively involved in various economic research initiatives under the aegis of our OAAD Economics Research Group.

We are therefore very confident that Dr. Ramos has the drive and capacity required to excel as Economy Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe. In particular, we are confident that he will emphasize the formulation and implementation of policies that incentivize entrepreneurship, promote job creation, and enhance the business environment in the country. That is why we are immensely proud of his achievement and pledge to support him and his country's government wherever and whenever possible. His success, after all, will be ours and Africa's success.

Indeed, in line with our main objective, which is, "to bring African intellectuals together and foster development, while engaging relevant internal and external stakeholders," we shall have him as a Special Guest on our online "OAAD's Dialogue with Policymakers" (DWP) program, which is part of our OAAD Partnerships, Investment and Policy Consultation Series (PIPoCS). Watch this space!


Raymond E. Eyo

OAAD Director of Public Relations