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Giorgio Cecchetto
Italian businessman in Egypt
“Egypt is only three and a half hours from Italy. It is a country destined to succeed, where tourism, together with its culture and people history, is increasing …. Traditions and values, such as the deep sense of family, remind me my land. I love Egypt, but I miss all of Italy.”
Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt. February 2001

Mona Mansour
Egyptian gynecologist in Italy
“Mass media give very little space to certain issues concerning the Arab world. Nobody is able to know a disease without first studying it. Arab women are very smart people. The veil covers their hair, not their brain!”
Milan, Italy. April 2007

Adel Taher
underwater doctor
“Getting aware of what is going on inside my body and being a passionate of scuba diving since a long time have brought me to take a certain direction.”
Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt. February 2001

Eugenio Belgiojoso
business
West Tide means West Africa Trading Initiative for Development and Energy, the company built in December 2007 by Eugenio Belgiojoso and three other partners, together with twenty Italian investors. A 20 million euro investment spread in ten years for a business, which will start in June 2009, giving a job to over one thousand families. “We plan to recover the investment within six years, if prices remain stable”. The interest toward renewable sectors and a wish of a personal change brought the Italian entrepreneurs to choose Africa as a ‘the country’ to start a business: “It is relative near Italy – says Belgiojoso – and owns huge developing potentialities”.
Milan, Italy. August 2008