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We connect opportunity with expertise. We have the resources and the appetite to exploit them properly, and the finance and knowhow to do so responsibly. We have access to some of the world's leading financial, legal and technical resources.
Our Associates operate in many Economies. Speak in Arabic, Russian, Mandarin, French. We engage closely with local partners and we seek to spread benefits from our principal areas of interest into sectors of the economy that require further development. Food production, Education, Healthcare.
We are specialist in the Developing Economies of the Middle East ,North and West Africa and Latin America. The opportunities in these Economies revolve largely around Natural Resources. Through our relationship with Badr Investments, we access both capital and opportunities in the Arab world. Through our investment in Rosario Bioenergy, we have an established presence in Argentina in the ever growing sector of renewable energy.
Plans are advanced to establish an operation off the West African coast in Grand Canaria. This will service our ever increasing activity in Mauritania and help develop our interests in Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Guinea and Senegal.
The Exception. There`s always an exception and ours is Ireland. We are proud to be an Irish Company and we are eager and willing to play our part in the reconstruction of the Economy which is underway. Ireland too has its natural resources-its people being its finest. We will bring our expertise and our vision and our access to capital and we will play our part in the recovery.
In accessing new territories the first steps are key.The wrong partner, the wrong project and costly failure beckons. At OCI we can substantially de-risk that activity. We can initiate a process discreetly without having to name our Client, gather and assess information and make recommendations. We are experienced, we are light on our feet and have among our Associates the very best of Professional Advisors. Typical activities might include:
- Resource Identification
- Due Diligence
- Financial Assessment
- Mineral Licensing Processing
- Partner Sourcing
- Deal Advice and Structure
Almost without exception, when new territories are being assessed, Company representatives will be plagued by people who claim intimate knowledge of what is going on and the ability to access and influence the process in a meaningful way. On the odd occasion this turns out to be correct but in general such claims are false.
At OCI the approach is different .We don`t claim to know everything that is going on in every Country that we work in, but we do have the relationships and the diagnostic tools to find out and to advise on the proper management of in-country activities.
Working with OCI takes a lot of the difficulty and trauma out of new ventures-particularly in the “frontier” regions where much of our business is.
If we use the example of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Here is a country rich in resources but poor in capital. It is on the edge of the Sahara Desert and is in general a harsh environment. The strategy of OCI in Mauritania over the last 7 or 8 years has been to establish a presence with a view to taking a position in the primary extractive industries. We then look at leveraging that position into other sectors, as the Mauritanian economy develops.
To that end we were first to help set up Trans Afrika Resources in Mauritania. TAR is now developing a major Iron Ore project (maybe a Billion tonnes) and has significant exploration activity in Copper, Gold, Uranium and Zinc.
We have advised and invested in Alecto Minerals who are embarking on a similar path and looking at promising Gold/Copper assets. We have taken a stake in Turrill Limited who neighbour Alecto with a view to future developments in the region.
Now is the time to develop other sectors of the Economy , through diversification of our activity. Agricultural land in this desert economy is scarce and precious, but there are opportunities to grow high value crops in the south of the country which is bordered by the Senegal river. We have identified a suitable region and a suitable crop. Feasibility studies are now underway.