Solomon Torres, an accountant with vast working experience in Djibouti, East Africa
What industry do you work in?
I am working currently in an Airline industry. I previously worked in construction, transport / heavy lift / forwarding, insurance and accounting / audit firms. Work within the field of Accountants.
What are your strengths?
My strength is my flexibility to handle things. As an Accountant , I normally do the analysis, bookkeeping, general accounting, reconciliation, payable, receivable, payroll, financial reporting and control.
What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?
My family inspired me to be in this industry and the willingness to succeed.
What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?
To finish reports in a timely manner is very challenging at times.
How do you manage and overcome these challenges?
It needs focus, proper scheduling and planning. Always keep in mind that all transactions in a day should be in the system the same day to avoid piling up of work load.
What has been the highlight of your career?
When I went to Dubai in 2004 to look for a job, the company who hired me assigned me to Djibouti, East Africa to work in a construction company (Soprim Construction SARL under Boreh Group). From there good things start.
If somebody starts as a trainee / beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?
If you are hiring an expat and bring to Africa $2,000 is good. If resident of the country, it could be based on standard salary of the country.
What can this person expect to earn after 10 years of experience?
$5,000 or depend on the salary structure of the company.
What advice can you offer people who are in the same industry as you?
Be motivated, work patiently, success is just around.
If you had to describe yourself in FIVE WORDS, what would they be?
- Team Player
Where in Africa have you worked before?
Djibouti, East Africa
As you know, numerous African countries are being invested in due to their rich minerals. Which country within Africa do you think will be the next hot spot and why?
Botswana, because it has a large deposits of rich natural resources and are expected to do better than most emerging countries. Botswana was one of the poorest countries in Africa but then it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, with a GDP per capita of about US$70. Botswana has transformed itself, becoming one of the fastest growing economies in the world to a GDP per capita of about US$14,000, and a high gross national income, possibly the fourth-largest in Africa, giving the country a modest standard of living.
CA Global is a big believer in Africa, why do YOU believe in Africa?
Because Africa, as a developing countries and being rich in mineral resources, time will come that many investors will come to dig up those minerals and will become the hot destinations for many expats to work for.
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