Interop A.G. is the investment holding company in Zurich, Switzerland from which a number of companies operate worldwide under the direction of Robert S. Stewart. The principal focus of these highly diversified operations and investments are in construction, finance, petroleum, infrastructure, mining and metallurgy with a primary focus in the Emerging Markets of Africa as well as Canada and Latin America.
Interop is a global consultancy in its own right, while its Chairman/CEO also acts as either Chairman or CEO of several other companies located around the world, including the USA, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland and Africa.
Started in Toronto, the headquarters of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the main mining city worldwide, the company has grown since 1976 from a single client to serving over 30 world class companies, several as leaders in their respective fields. These include project conception, initiation, planning, feasibility studies, senior management, finance, construction, implementation, commissioning, engineering and operations in the fields of mineral exploration, mining, metallurgy, exploration and production of onshore and offshore petroleum and natural gas.
To back these projects up requires additional studies and expertise developed in hydro, natural gas, solar and wind electrical power generation, biotechnology, telecommunications, aviation, railways, roads, unions, collective bargaining, community relations and all levels of government relations (municipal, provincial, federal and international. Mining and Petroleum are complex businesses.
Interop is a unique global investment house and consultancy. We offer discrete, direct assistance to Chairmen/CEO’s of Multinational Corporations who are developing mining projects, minerals markets, investment proposals, and/or trade in difficult, often isolated and undeveloped regions and markets. Our experience covers dozens of industries with experiences that go beyond mining and metals in over 100 countries over the past 40 years.
These industries range from precious, base, industrial and strategic mineral mining and metallurgical projects, oil and natural gas exploration, production and distribution (both upstream and downstream), pipelines, power generation and distribution. As remote mining operations often take place in the far North, deserts, mountainous regions or in foreign countries, Interop has tackled more than the geographic and geological challenges. Diseases have affected millions of workers. Interop led important discoveries in diseases and help to find many life-saving products to fight them.
Other engineering projects include airport development, researching alternative fuels, aircraft sales, construction, engineering, highways, hotels and hospitality, hydro-electric dams and power distribution, infrastructure, natural gas, nuclear power, alternative and conventional medical healthcare clinics and systems, new medical products, telecommunications, and waste recycling.
Interop’s principal interests are in the global fields of mineral development, mining, and metallurgical processing; upstream E&P petroleum discovery and development; hotel and hospitality design and development, ownership, and construction; telecoms (VoIP patents), and biotechnology used in the fields of combating HIV/AIDS and atheroschlerosis.
Interop AG has initiated several global mining and petroleum projects and works with or represents joint venture partners and numerous corporations with governments throughout the world. Every project and task is researched individually and a detailed method of handling it is discussed in depth with partners and clients. North American headquarters are in Toronto, Canada.
This may include different alternatives of representing the client, joint venturing, raising substantial capital in domestic and international markets, or simply negotiating on behalf of the client to achieve a beneficial result.
Interop has access to Debt, Equity and Commodity markets in Toronto, New York, San Francisco, London, Frankfurt, Geneva and Zurich. We have raised tens of billions of dollars of investment for new mining and infrastructure projects, achieved dramatic profit and payouts for successful projects, and continue to open doors to international trade, investment and product development worldwide.
The tasks are taken on with time being of the essence and therefore quick, positive results are secured. Interop AG is paid when the client achieves the success that Interop is able to create and afford.
Interop always invests heavily in capital, time, energy and management skills in all the projects and companies it believes have a sincere and realistic opportunity to becoming over time, patience and hard work, valuable world-class entities.
“All good things cometh to him that waiteth, provided he that waiteth, worketh like Hell while he waiteth.” Albert P. Jaffe
Interop AG is a rare and unique global consultancy service that bridges numerous conflicting cultures, governments, languages, religions, histories, political and market forces.
Interop creates great economic value for companies in every major industry and technology worldwide. Interop addresses the hidden forces that occasionally disrupt the smooth flow of trade and investment from one country to another.
With its origins in multi-lingual and multi-ethnic Canada prior to 1968, Interop developed direct, immediate and on-going relations with numerous Heads of State, Ministers, Government officials and CEO’s of many multinational corporations, multilateral financial institutions and agencies in over 117 nations worldwide.
The Founding Chairman/CEO, Robert S. Stewart, accomplished this by starting his career as the first person to circumnavigate the world overland. He stopped in and studied at great length and depth in 167 countries along the way as the world went through one of the most dramatic sea changes of the past millennium. The tumult of the 20th century was ongoing. He has been doing the same since 1968 and frequently circles the globe.
Hundreds of European explorers had led voyages of colonization, exploration, exploitation, trade and development in sailing ships since 1000 AD, but no one had physically driven overland to every continent (except Antarctica) and around each country since that time to forge deep personal relationships with new, potential global partners.
This far surpassed the era of exerting colonial, political, military or cultural dominance. This effort was to create mutual advantage from international trade and investment through co-operation and mutual understanding.
The creation of nearly 100 new countries in Africa, Asia and other parts of the world afforded the development of numerous new emerging markets on an unprecedented scale. This was the first major global market expansion since the Middle Ages.
Interop AG set up its initial headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. This very disciplined, rich, technically powerful, innovative, secure, and neutral country was already much admired for its global dominance and integrity in engineering, manufacturing and finance. Interop worked with its largest banks and engineering companies to develop these new markets since 1978.
In 1979, an office was opened in London, one of the leading financial and trade capitals of the world. Further offices were opened in San Francisco (1980), New York (1985), Toronto (1989), Calgary (1990), Los Angeles (1999), Florida (2001), Malibu, California (2006) Scottsdale, Arizona (2007) and throughout dozens of countries in emerging markets.
Our most important work ever has been in developing world-class mining, metallurgical and petroleum operations and their supporting infrastructure around the world.
In addition, Interop helped in the first discovery of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980’s. Since then much support was given to funding new global institutions, bio-medical research for the development, production and distribution of life-saving medicines to kill the virus in patients.
AIDS affected tens of thousands of migrant mine workers around the world, and therefore became an important issue to confront head-on. Interop brought the disease and its cures to the attention of the outside medical world to affect its discovery, find solutions, and assisted with raising substantial funds to provide early treatments.
Interop AG continues to grow as a global consultancy. Clients include several Fortune 500 companies listed on major stock exchanges in London, New York, Zurich and Toronto such as Exxon/Mobil Oil Corp., Commonwealth Development Corporation, Union Bank of Switzerland, Bear Stearns Investment Bank, the Government of Canada, as well as some of the largest privately held companies in the world.
These include construction and engineering companies such as Bechtel Corp., Krupp Thyssen AG, Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners, Strabag AG, Mott MacDonald, MacLaren Engineering and LTA; mining and metallurgical giants Falconbridge (now Xstrata plc), Sherritt, INCO, Hudson’s Bay Mining and Smelting, Anglo American, and Minorco; petroleum companies including Exxon-Mobil Corp., Ocelot International Inc., the world’s largest cement producer Holcim AG; telecommunications giant Motorola Corp. and many more.
Combined with working on established markets for large incumbent companies marketing products that have established the status quo, Interop takes a very leading edge role in initiating and running start-up, high-tech companies that bring new technology to the world.
These include the introduction of alternative, integrative and complementary health care clinics, VoIP telecommunications equipment and global networks, pyrolitic waste recycling, greater environmental preservation methods, hydrogen fuel cells, alternative fuels such as Methanol, Solar and Hydrogen energy.
In the 1990’s, Interop helped lead the telecommunications revolution by incorporating VoIP into global long distance telephony networks and equipment as CEO of Franklin Telecom Corp. and assisting with Justice Telecom Corp.
Throughout the 1990’s and the new millennium of 2000, Interop conducted negotiations between opposing sides that led to an International Peace Agreement between the warring factions of the world’s largest land war.
This involved five countries covering the whole of Central Africa in the DR Congo War. Several negotiations took place at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Durban, South Africa; Kinshasa, DR Congo; Kampala, Uganda; Washington DC and elsewhere.
Throughout the 1980’s, Interop took the lead in assisting a brilliant team of international medical researchers including microbiologist Dr. Wilson Carswell and Dr. David Serwadda who led the co-discovery of HTLV3, one of the earliest identified mutations of HIV/AIDS by bringing the research from Uganda’s Mulago Hospital to the London Institute of Tropical Medicine.
This sped up the discovery of HIV/AIDS which in turn alerted the world to its presence and started the long road to finding solutions. Now, as President of the Global Health Partnership Corp., a bio-technology company, new molecules have been discovered providing new medications that effectively cure patients of the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS. Clinical trials have proven the success of these products.
Final, conclusive, double blind placebo, Phase II, III and IV clinical trials have been prepared for final scientific proof of concept that the new molecules kill the HIV virus and cure the patient by restoring the body’s full immune system.
This is a dramatic improvement over anti-retro-virals (ARV’s) that are expensive, painful and do not kill the virus. No vaccine has yet been proven effective. Pending completion of the trials in early 2008, manufacturing and global distribution will follow immediately thereafter.
Throughout the 1970’s Interop led Trade Missions between dozens of countries that led to the first infrastructure projects introduced to build 34 developing countries.
From the 1960’s to the present day, Interop has been an invited guest speakers to several CEO fora of global leaders that established international trade without corruption, transparent of all practises that brought criminal behaviour, disrepute or unethical practises to most international trade and investment.
These are all milestones that Interop is justly proud of its global contributions.
Our company is built on the principles of understanding the economic and political gaps while creating the bridges between competing cultures and products, making quality decisions about tendering bids, marketing products, providing reliable investment and management services with the greatest of international integrity and honesty.
Our greatest understanding is in planning the logistics, supply chain management and implementation of building major infrastructure projects in the Third World.
Our diversified consulting core activity includes undertaking deep and direct intelligence reporting directly from primary sources on markets and countries, affording introductions to Heads of State and Corporate CEO’s, whilst conducting CEO-level negotiations and representing a broad range of markets.
It continues to grow by interpreting long historical trends, taking extremely rapid advantage of scrupulous insider information and recognized intelligence services, staying ahead of global market trends, and listening to millions of customers on the street, something few behemouth and fragmented companies can accomplish today with acute skill and precision.
Over the past 40 years, Interop has attended global summits and been guest speaker at several including Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, G7 and G8 Summits, Crans Montana, Monte Carlo, World Economic Forum and other CEO Summits,
the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings, and various UN Annual Meetings including UNCTAD, WIPO, WHO, UNAIDS, the ITU and the General Assembly.
This unique service has established our place as the only company that has completed four decades of dramatic financial successes in several industries on every continent, except Antarctica. These have been conducted in some of the most difficult emerging countries of Africa, in the former Soviet bloc and Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean and South America.
Interop has worked deeply within the senior ranks of the Canadian and US governments and is familiar with every country in the new European Union including independent Switzerland. Most Third World negotiations are conducted at the Head of State level.
This allows us to make a distinctive and substantial impact for our clients. Navigating your way around the world today requires profound insight into how different cultures and peoples operate, a great historical overview, understanding the rapid evolution of global markets, the impact of open capital movements, and an ability to go nose-to-nose with the constant flux of market and government leaders who rule and influence the world.
Knowing these leaders on an intimate, personal and professional level underscores the success of closing deals and making markets happen. Speaking their languages, understanding their cultures and having a first hand 40 year overview of how these countries operate is critical to success for any company.
Not everyone who wants to expand into global markets has that built-in experience and expertize. Interop has developed it the hard way.
Interop has established its credibility and track record on the back of verifiable, financially successful deals. This takes enormous hard work, courage, intelligence and consistent effort. To get immediate help for your international operations, contact Interop AG today.
Interop as founding partner of the AFRICA INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM is designing and building several major projects in the new Republic of South Sudan (RSS). This country recently achieved independence on July 9th, 2011. Interop wrote the Master Plan to build its crucial infrastructure, starting with its present capital in Juba and considerable surrounding territory.
Interop first visited South Sudan (RSS) in 1969 and again from 1976-1987 while drilling for petroleum exploration with Chevron, Bechtel, DeGolyer McNaughton and others. In the 1990’s, Interop flew into South Sudan with mercy flights of WFP food and medicines from Lochichokio, Kenya and Entebbe, Uganda.
Unfortunately, 40 years of civil war left the region too unstable for major development. Interop, in partnership with world class companies has designed, will build, own and operate a number of projects including a Special Economic Zone for agro-industrial development, housing for local communities, a Customs Dry Port, petroleum infrastructure, power and financial institutions. This will change the landscape from the present survival huts into a modern, diversified and sustainable country for the region.
Juba, Commercial Capital of the RSS and Central Equatoria State
Interop has developed a Master Plan for the Development of a Special Economic Zone (Tax Free Agro-industrial Free Trade Zone) to include an Inland Container Hub and Customs Compound, Nile River Port, new Juba International Airport/Cargo Terminal, processing plants and an additional 300,000 acres of farmlands.
26,000 acres of land has been contracted by the Republic of South Sudan and Central Equatoria State on an exclusive 99 year lease to The Africa Infrastructure Consortium (AIC) via The Equatoria Infrastructure Development Consortium (EIDC), as partners of the Equatoria Investment Authority (EIA).
The African Infrastructure Consortium (founded and owned partly in partnership by Interop) will finance and bring investors from around the world to the Concession.
A second part of the Concession contains 3705 acres, consisting of Gondokoro Island. A Master Plan to develop the Financial and Commercial Capital for Juba has been completed with the substantial input of Peatfield Bodegener (architects and planners) in Kampala. This project will incorporate Branded Hotels, a University, a Hospital, Commercial Banking and Financial Center, residential and sports complexes including a National Stadium and PGA Level Golf Course.
10,000 acres of new agro-industrial estates will turn the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) into the breadbasket of East Africa.
The Special Economic Zone (Tax Free Trade Area) will convert agricultural production into value-added food for export.
Special Economic Zone processes food and supply utilities to Juba
A National Petroleum Reserve, refinery and international pipeline to Lamu, Kenya will help to build a domestic petroleum and energy industry with diesel or co-generation electrical power production. Both Consortiums will be heavily involved in developing the petroleum, mining exploration and production throughout the Republic of South Sudan.
The Africa Infrastructure Consortium holds a primary position in developing the South Sudan component of the road, rail, pipeline, telecom and fibre optic Corridor from Juba to the Kenya border.
The chief role of the Consortium will be in operating and financing major projects as well as delivering acceptable Joint Ventures, clean land leases and titles, risk free concessions and operating agreements transparently and efficiently for foreign investors through the EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency International) overview. The governments of RSS and CES are full partners of the Africa Infrastructure Consortium.
Nile River water will irrigate massive agricultural estates and supply hydro power to Juba and the Special Economic Zones
The agricultural region around Juba and South Sudan stand on the brink of becoming the Breadbasket, financial and commercial center of East Africa and most important petroleum and energy producer in the region.
It will also be a model for economic development in Africa by promoting Tax Free Private ownership, investment and production thereby avoiding corruption, a plague in Africa. As such, it may implement a Pan African Central Bank with a new gold/petroleum backed currency to replace AID dependency and foreign handouts.
Interop continues to promote a gold-and-commodities backed Pan African currency to be called the Afro. An African Central Bank with regional headquarters would print the currency and provide lending to Commercial and Central Banks throughout the continent, guaranteeing that Africa could trade its commodities with the outside world using its own currency.
Like the Swiss Franc, it would be only one of two hard currencies worldwide backed by gold, as well as Petroleum products, agricultural production and other minerals and products.
Interop AG has undertaken some very successful Master Plans, petroleum and mining ownerships, partnerships and consultancies. Interop successfully ran many multinational corporations over the past 40 years. This expertise helps it to run the Africa Infrastructure Consortium and the Equatoria Infrastructure Development Consortium.
In order to do this, Interop combined four decades of expertise worldwide in the development of major petroleum, mineral, and energy production projects from geology and exploration, Master Planning, detailed designs, construction, procurement, finance, management and operations.
Interop first operated in Canada, in the Flin Flin, Snow Lake, Lynn Lake, and Ruttan Lake Mines of Northern Manitoba, explored and developed mining projects in British Colombia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Labrador.
Interop has also worked on the road, rail, hydro power and other infrastructure requirements of Northern Canada with a view to creating whole new communities around new mining projects. Interop has also worked on various previous mining and infrastructure projects worldwide and a partial list is given below:
Interop worked with mining giant Vale with the new government of Guinea (Conakry) to build educational programs, training programs, roads, and other facilities which will remain as a permanent legacy to help the people of Guinea.
Interop has 47 years of experience working at levels from underground mining, airborne geophysics to CEO roles and Board Chairman for several global mining companies.
These include giants such as Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, Sherritt International, Falconbridge, Bechtel Civil, Minerals and Metallurgy, RTZ, BHP Billiton, AngloAmerican and AngloAshanti, OMCO Copper Mine, De Beers and Debswana, America Mineral Fields, Hawk Uranium, and numerous other world class mining companies. Interop was on the original discovery team for one of the largest copper mines in Canada at Ruttan Lake, Northern Manitoba.
Ruttan Lake Copper Mine
The company is also currently assessing the prospect of bringing the largest POTASH deposit in the US into full production with the construction of an underground dry mine, a mill, refinery and infrastructure (road, rail, power, natural gas and water).
The project has the capacity of delivering potash fertilizers to half the continental US food production markets.
Interop is assisting Vale SA, Vale International SA and Vale BSRG – Guinea with the construction and implementation of the world’s largest iron ore mine to be built in the Republic of Guinea-Conakry, in West Africa.
The Simandou I and II, and Zogota projects consist of three new iron ore mines located in what is considered the largest reserve of iron ore in the world. Vale will build two new rail lines running from Conakry to KanKan and from the Simandou area to the port of Buchanan in Liberia.
Approximately 1000 miles of new and rehabilitated rail lines will be constructed. The project includes considerable new infrastructure to support the three open pit iron ore mines, mills, refineries, housing, educational and training facilities, ports, power projects, and telecoms, with a total project budget of +$8 billion.
Simandou Project in Guinea
Vale has undertaken a very pro-active and forward-thinking strategy of contributing to the long-term sustainability of Guinea as it progresses in the 21st Century. Guinea has elected a democratic government under its new President, His Excellency Alpha Conde.
Robert S. Stewart, Chairman of Interop AG is also the Chairman of Trimax Corp. The company has assessed a number of greenfields exploration plays for gold/copper mineral properties in Mexico, Ghana, Colombia, Canada and the U.S.
As CEO of Hawk Uranium Corp. (Toronto) Interop undertook a detailed investigation of several gold mining properties throughout Ghana (Kibi District).
Mr. Stewart has worked with a number of global giants in the world of finance, mining, metallurgy, construction, engineering, infrastructure, petroleum and telecoms. A partial list of some of these projects includes:
The acquisition of Tanga Cement from the Tanzania Government on behalf of Holcim AG, the world’s largest cement producer, Thomas Schmeidheiny, Chairman, Rapperswil, Switzerland.
The contract for the construction of Murtalleh Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria, on behalf of the Chairmen of Strabag AG (Koln) and Krupp Stahl GmbH (now KruppThyssen, Essen).
Initiated the restoration and reconstruction of the landmark Swiss Chateau in Winnipeg, Canada called the “Pavilion in the Park” at Assinboine Park into a restaurant with the addition of an outdoor performing arts stage for open air summer performances.
Initiated and financed a dozen projects in Nigeria over 30 years including the construction of the national cellular telephone network for NITEL , the Murtalleh Mohammed Airport, Meridien Hotel (Lagos), Planning for the capital City of Plateau State (Jos), construction of the Savannah Sugar Project, Kiri Dam and many others ($2.5 bn).
Represented the Chairman of Falconbridge in the sale of Kilembe Mines Limted and Cobalt Stockpile with the President of Uganda.
Omco Copper Mine, OMCO, Sofar, Oman: Interop assisted in the procurement of materials and equipment for the construction of the OMCO Copper Mine in Sofar, Oman. This included a copper mine, mill, smelter, railway, slurry pipeline, roads, a townsite for 25,000 people, a co-generation power plant, a de-salination plant, and other infrastructure. The project ran continuously for 20 years and has since been converted in a port facility with an iron ore pelatizing plant owned by Vale SA of Brazil.
Represented the Chairmen of Krupp, Bechtel, Strabag, Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners (London), the Commonwealth Development Corporation (London) and Motorola.
Wrote the National Master Plans for the Reconstruction of the DR Congo ($50 billion), Botswana Development, and the East African Union (Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania).
As Chairman of America Mineral Fields Inc., developed the world’s largest cobalt stockpile project, the Kolwezi Tailings.
As CEO of Franklin Telecoms, operated the NATO Telecoms throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia.
Built the world’s first VoIP long distance telephone network.
Attended Annual World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings from 1976 – 2006. Frequently addressed the UN Annual Meetings of the UNCTAD (Geneva), WTO (Geneva), and was guest speaker at Crans Montana and Monte Carlo Annual CEO Summits.
Former Canadian diplomat who represented his country at G8 summits, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, UN, IMF and World Bank Summits.
Wrote, contributed to or was the object of several articles in leading global publications including the London Observer, The Financial Times of London, The Times of London, Le Jeune Afrique, The Economist, the New York Times, the Toronto Globe and Mail, die Neuer Zuercher Zeitung, and the Winnipeg Free Press.
Initiated, designed and built the Elephant Hills Country Club, Hotel and Golf Course at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This hotel hosted the 1991 Commonwealth Heads of Government hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. 76 Kings, Queens, and Presidents opened the hotel and attended the Summit.
Initiated the $1 billion Songo Songo Gas Field Project, gas wells, pipelines, and power plants to generate electricity for the TANESCO National Grid in Tanzania. The project included drilling nine wells into the natural formation in the Indian Ocean, building a pipeline underwater and on land to the capital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the construction of a co-generation gas-to-electricity plant.
40 years of experience in 167 countries worldwide