Year 7 | Edition 3 |12 February 2020
 

Africa Influencer Agency launches, introducing digital PR tools to connect business professionals in the continent and beyond

Africa Influencer Agency is a B2B PR platform that will embrace all available digital channels and social media to support brands in telling their stories to the African B2B audience.

Positioning itself as the B2B PR Agency for Africa – and the world, the agency is leveraging on its extensive segmented reach of professionals across the continent and beyond, together with its team of influencers with solid background in media, PR and digital media and its host of digital tools to...

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[Nigeria] Aella raises $10 million debt finacing to deepen financing to underbanked in West Africa

Focused on improving financial inclusion for West Africa’s low-income segment, a Nigerian fintech start-up, Aella has raised a $10m debt financing round, from HQ Financial Group (HQF), Singapore-based private company specializing in new material science, semiconductor and blockchain financial investments.

This debt financing round is Aella’s second raise and will bolster the company’s commitment to serve the underbanked population in West Africa and other emerging markets...

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Business interruption top peril for companies in Tanzania, Allianz Risk 2020 survey

Business Interruption (67% of responses) ranks as the most important business risk in Tanzania as larger and more complex BI losses continues unabated.

Causes are becoming ever more diverse, ranging from critical infrastructure blackouts, fire, explosion or natural catastrophes to digital supply chains or even political violence.  Changes in legislation and regulation (#2 with 61% of responses) and Climate change (#6 with 17%) underline the...

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Cloud usage drives cybersecurity spending, SANS 2020 report

The rapid migration to cloud-based technologies is the biggest disrupter worldwide of operations and a key driver when organisations plan their spending increases, according to the results of the latest SANS 2020 Cybersecurity Spending Survey.

“The SANS survey showed that rapid movement of corporate services and business applications to cloud-based technology is the biggest factor causing breakage in existing security architectures as well as driving most new security spending...

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EBRD and Crédit du Maroc boost green economy and value chains in Morocco

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Morocco will benefit from an EBRD credit line of up to €20 million to Crédit du Maroc dedicated to green investment and the development of value chains.

The EBRD funds will be extended as subloans to local companies that plan to invest in energy and resource efficiency measures and develop their participation in regional value chains. Energy efficient solutions will help SMEs to increase their competitiveness and access new markets...

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[Startup Interview] Emmanuel Ashirifi, Founder, BDN-Africa, Ghana

Emmanuel Ashirifi is the founder of Ghana-based startup BDN-Africa that is creating systems and processes to ease doing business across Africa therefore fostering integration.

Tell us about BDN-AFRICA  and your role in it

BDN-AFRICA is an exclusive community of top business professional across Africa who have interest in doing business across the continent. Our objective it to create ease of doing business which in turn should enhance regional integration and eliminate the potential difficulties within our control...

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[Startup Interview] Mutembei Kariuki, CEO, Fastagger, Kenya

s more companies and institutions in Africa leverage onthe power of Artificial Intelligence to accelerate growth,  Fastagger a Kenyan startup is accelerating AI applications by providing access to high quality data enhanced by human interaction. The company’s CEO and co-founder Mutembei Kariuki explains.

Give us a brief introduction of your company?

Fastagger is an AI as a service platform that provides image annotation services to AI driven companies. Our goal is to accelerate AI applications by providing access to high quality...

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[Startup Interview] George Ugwuja, Founder, CapitalPower Multimedia, Nigeria

CapitalPower Multimedia Ltd is a Nigeria-based multimedia startup whose core services include photography, videography, documentary production, drone services, animation, graphic design and prints.

George Ugwuja the founder talked to Africa Business Communities about the startup’s model and plans to capture the expansive Nigeria multimedia market that serves over 200 million people...

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Africa Business Communities Networking Event | Nairobi | 13 February 2020

Africa Business Communities is open for networking! Every last Thursday of the month you are welcome to meet our team and network. This edition Africa Business Communities founder Bas Vlugt will join us.

Please note: this is an open, informal, non-sponsored networking event. There will be no program - so no waste of time - this is pure business networking. You will be...

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Wanted: African Startups for Interviews

Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with startup businesses in Africa. Are you a startup in Africa and interested in an interview? Great! Send an e-mail to bas@africabusinesscommunities.com

These are some of the Startup Interviews that we have published in the past few months...

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News Headlines

19-09-2020 | 11:15:00
Qatar Airways increases more African services
Qatar Airways is to resume services to Entebbe, Seychelles, and Windhoek, as well as many more global destinations.


19-09-2020 | 06:02:00
AfDB approves $500k emergency relief to boost clean-up of marine oil spill in Mauritius
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a $500,000 emergency assistance grant to support international recovery efforts after a significant oil spill earlier this year off the coast of Mauritius.


18-09-2020 | 07:42:08
[South Africa] Edcon concludes sale for parts of Edgars business to Retailability
Edcon announced that the sale of parts of the Edgars business in South Africa to Retailability has been implemented, with all approvals from regulatory authorities and all conditions precedent either fulfilled or waived.


17-09-2020 | 15:59:00
BrightLife appoints Laurynas Vaičiulis CEO of Uganda
BrightLife, a social enterprise by FINCA International, has announced the appointment of Laurynas Vaičiulis as Chief Executive Officer.


17-09-2020 | 14:21:00
Kenyan Government partners with private sector, development partners to outline roadmap to achieve energy efficiency goals
The Kenyan Government through the Ministry of Energy launched the Kenya National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy, placing Kenya firmly on track toward sustainable consumption and production including renewable energy generation.


17-09-2020 | 06:56:00
South Africa's influencer marketing agency R-Squared formally partners with syndicated agencies
R-Squared, South Africa's influencer marketing agency announced a formal partnership with industry leaders such as iProspect and Posterscope of the international Dentsu Aegis Network.


17-09-2020 | 06:37:00
Traceable, commercially viable artisanal gold supply chain now operational in Côte d’Ivoire
After a first export of gold, IMPACT and the European Union announced a traceability and due diligence system from mine site to the international market for artisanal gold from Côte d’Ivoire has been successfully implemented as part of the Just Gold project.


17-09-2020 | 06:26:00
Global and African leaders welcome launch of Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) Africa
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) Africa announced the launch of its regional office in Côte d’Ivoire. Hosted by the African Development Bank at its headquarters in the Ivorian capital Abidjan, GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent.


16-09-2020 | 07:58:00
Nestlé appoints Joëlle Abega the first female factory Manager in Central and West Africa
Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire’s Joëlle Abega-Oyouomi is one such example. She is the first-ever female factory manager in Nestlé Central and West Africa.


16-09-2020 | 07:20:23
World Bank sets ambitious targets for green and resilient economic growth in Africa
The World Bank released the Next Generation Africa Climate Business Plan (NG-ACBP), which sets out a blueprint to help Sub-Saharan African economies achieve low carbon and climate-resilient outcomes.


16-09-2020 | 06:22:37
AngloGold Ashanti receives unconditional approval to sell its South African mines
AngloGold Ashanti announced that all conditions precedent have been met with respect to the sale of its remaining mines in South Africa to Harmony Gold Mining Company.


15-09-2020 | 15:18:36
Lumos secures $35 million solar investment to power one million people in Nigeria
Lumos, Africa's solar home system provider, has announced new financing from U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to expand its existing market for reliable, accessible and clean solar power in Nigeria.


15-09-2020 | 09:09:00
Hapag-Lloyd expands its footprint in West Africa, opens office in Nigeria
German international shipping and container transportation company Hapag-Lloyd has expanded its footprint in West Africa by opening a new office in Lagos, Nigeria.


15-09-2020 | 07:29:41
Air Partner opens new freight office in South Africa
Air Partner, a charter and Freight solutions specialist, has established its first physical presence in South Africa, with a Johannesburg sales office that will provide localised support to Freight clients within the region.


15-09-2020 | 07:25:57
Bollore Transport & Logistics appoints Pierre Ngon as MD of Benin and Niger
Pierre Ngon has assumed the charge as managing director of the Benin/Niger cluster of Bollore Transport & Logistics. He succeeds Jerome Binois.


 

 
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