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Airtel reiterates commitment to customers in Uganda

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Chancy Namadzunda

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today reiterated its commitment to Uganda and said it will “continue to make investments and offer world-class and affordable services to customers in the country”.

Airtel’s proposed acquisition of Warid Telecom has received approvals from the Uganda Communications Commission. With this, Airtel will further consolidate its position as the second largest mobile operator in Uganda with a combined customer base of over 7.2 million and market share of over 39%.

Warid customers will be able to retain their existing mobile numbers and continue to enjoy benefits such as remaining balances in their SIM and existing services. In addition, Warid customers will benefit from Airtel’s ‘One Network’ across 20 countries and get access to innovative products and roaming benefits on successful completion of integration.

Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar said, “We welcome Warid customers to the Airtel global network and assure them of a world-class experience. This acquisition will create a superior and wider network and we will invest more in key areas such as technological innovation and customer service.

“Further, the existing Warid customer will also be enjoying all Airtel services such as the widest 3G coverage, Blackberry services and superior roaming serviceson successful completion of integration. During this transition, I want to reassure Warid customers of our commitment to providing world-class, affordable services to customers in Uganda. They should also be assured of the security and continuity of Warid Pesa services during this period”.

He added: “After the successful completion of integration, Warid customers will begin to enjoy benefits of the 0ne network with lower roaming rates across Africa and South Asia that other Airtel Customers have been enjoying. It’s a great beginning to a journey with our loyal Uganda customers and for the economy as a whole.”

With presence across 17 African countries, Airtel is the largest telecom service provider across the Continent in terms of geographical reach and had over 62 million customers at the end of quarter ended December 31, 2012. Globally, Airtel is ranked as the 4th largest mobile services provider in terms of customer base.

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.

In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 271 million customers across its operations at the end of March 2013.

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China and Russia commit to World Energy Congress

Posted on 14 May 2013 by Africa Business

“Most important energy event in the world this year”

SEOUL – May 14, 2013: The Chinese and Russian governments have committed to sending high-level delegations to the World Energy Congress in South Korea in October, organizers said.

The Organizing Committee for the 2013 World Energy Congress said it had been notified that China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) would send a ministerial-level delegation to the event and that the government body had advised Chinese energy companies of its plan to attend.

The Chinese delegation will be one of the largest to the Congress, which will host up to 5,000 delegates from around the world, organizers said.

The Committee further announced that Alexander Novak, the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, would lead a delegation that will include the Russian ministries of Natural Resources and Environment, and of Foreign Affairs, as well as Gazprom, Transneft, Rosneft, RusHydro, the State Atomic Energy Corporation and other major energy companies.

The Russian delegation is planning a “Russia Day” event at the Congress.

The World Energy Congress is the world’s premier energy gathering and will take place on 13–17 October in the city of Daegu.

More than 200 prominent speakers, including energy ministers, industry CEOs and top experts and researchers, will answer the most pressing questions facing the global energy industry today

Under the theme of ‘Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today’, topics range from the future prospects of the oil & gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables sectors to the tough policy decisions needed to balance the often conflicting priorities of energy security, universal access to affordable energy, and environmental protection. Delegates will also be given insights into how finance and innovation are shaping our energy future.

“We are delighted with the decision by the governmental and industry leaders in China and Russia,” said Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the London-based World Energy Council, which hosts the triennial event. “Having just been in China and Russia I know that this high level participation in the Congress will provide a fascinating overview of the opportunities and challenges of our energy world in transition. Such engagement by the world’s biggest players is crucial for a meaningful event.”

“Both countries are in the centre of many critical energy developments. We want to understand, within the global energy transformation, whether there is a refocus of ambition within the respective governments,” he said.

“We look forward to hearing more about developments in Russia and the energy challenges and opportunities in China at the World Energy Congress in October,” said Cho Hwan-eik, Chair of the Organising Committee of the 2013 World Energy Congress.

He added: “This will be the first time in the 90-year history of the event that China will have participated in such a significant way. For both the Chinese and Russians now to commit to the Daegu event underscores the fact that the Congress is the most important event on the global energy calendar this year.”

The Organising Committee also confirmed that a number of other governments are currently planning significant activity for the Congress. Mr. Cho added, “The discussions we are having with many governments at this early stage in our planning only serve to highlight the importance of this global event being staged in the heart of Asia at a time of significant transition in the energy sector.”

Media Enquiries:

Organizing Committee, World Energy Congress

Inang Park

Tel: +82 (2) 739 7016

M: 010 3213 7465

Email: inang.park@insightcomms.com

John Burton

Tel: +82 (2) 739 7045

M: +82 (0)10 2437 6265

Email: john.burton@insightcomms.com

World Energy Congress – international

Seán Galvin

Tel: +44 (0)20 7269 7133

M: +44 (0)7788 568 245

Email: sean.galvin@fticonsulting.com

World Energy Council

Monique Tsang

Tel: +44 (0)20 3214 0616

Email: tsang@worldenergy.org

About the World Energy Congress

The World Energy Congress is the world’s premier energy gathering. The triennial World Energy Congress has gained recognition since the first event in 1923 as the premier global forum for leaders and thinkers to debate solutions to energy issues. In addition to the discussions, the event provides an opportunity for executives to display their technologies and explore business opportunities. With the upcoming Congress in Daegu the event will have been held in 20 major cities around the world since its founding.

Further details at www.daegu2013.kr and @WECongress

About the World Energy Council (WEC)

The World Energy Council (WEC) is the principal impartial network of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Formed in 1923, WEC is the UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3000 member organisations located in over 90 countries and drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy related stakeholders. WEC informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high-level events, publishing authoritative studies, and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue.

Further details at www.worldenergy.org and @WECouncil

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WORLD ENERGY CONGRESS UNVEILS PROGRAM THEMES

Posted on 14 May 2013 by Africa Business

Ministers, CEOs and experts to address full range of energy issues

LONDON &SEOUL– 14th May 2013: The 2013 World Energy Congress Organizing Committee announced today some of the significant program topics that will be discussed by leading figures in the energy sector at the world’s premier energy event, to be held in Daegu, South Korea from October 13 to 17, 2013.

Under the theme of ‘Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today’, topics range from the future prospects of the oil & gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables sectors to the tough policy decisions needed to balance the often conflicting priorities of energy security, universal access to affordable energy, and environmental protection. Delegates will also be given insights into how finance and innovation are shaping our energy future.

“The Congress will provide a fascinating overview of the opportunities and challenges of our energy world in transition,” said Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council. “The issues to be highlighted will be addressed from a number of viewpoints, encompassing the perspectives of individual energy sectors and geographical regions, as well as providing a strategic overview of global energy trends.”

More than 200 prominent speakers, including energy ministers, industry CEOs and top experts and researchers, will answer the most pressing questions facing the global energy industry today, such as:

· Oil: Will state oil companies and independents come to dominate the industry?

· Gas: Will shale gas be a game changer in redrawing the global energy map or is it just a bubble?

· Coal: Can demand for coal overcome environmental concerns?

· Renewables: Is the honeymoon over?

· Nuclear: Can effective international governance rules keep alive the nuclear renaissance?

· Hydro: Has its time finally come?

· Biofuels: What are the critical success factors for sustainable projects?

· Utilities: Will new business models succeed in promoting decentralization?

· Energy access: Is it achievable against the competing demands for water and food?

· Energy security: What are the next big energy sources?

· Environment mitigation: Are green growth and rapid economic growth compatible?

· Energy efficiency: Are yesterday’s cities fit for tomorrow’s energy?

· Finance: Is development finance delivering inclusive green growth?

· Energy innovation: Is venture capital more important than government support?

· Asia: Can the region become a showcase for green growth?

· Eurasia: Can it achieve partnerships to unlock its full energy potential?

· Middle East: Will it balance the needs of energy exports, local energy growth and job creation?

· Latin America: Blessed with resources, but overwhelmed by choice?

· Europe: Can it achieve effective energy market integration?

· Africa: Is there an energy infrastructure road map?

“The program at the 22nd World Energy Congress captures the full range and complexity of today’s energy challenges,” said Cho Hwan-eik, chair of the Organizing Committee of the 2013 World Energy Congress. “The Congress offers an impressive and unmatched list of speakers to provide insights on how these challenges can be addressed and overcome.”

Specific sessions and speakers will be announced shortly.

For further information, registration and other details, please log on to www.daegu2013.kr

Media Enquiries:

World Energy Congress – international

Seán Galvin

Tel: +44 (0)20 7269 7133

M: +44 (0)7788 568 245

Email: sean.galvin@fticonsulting.com

World Energy Council

Monique Tsang

Tel: +44 (0)20 3214 0616

Email: tsang@worldenergy.org

About the World Energy Congress

The World Energy Congress is the world’s premier energy gathering. The triennial World Energy Congress has gained recognition since the first event in 1923 as the premier global forum for leaders and thinkers to debate solutions to energy issues. In addition to the discussions, the event provides an opportunity for executives to display their technologies and explore business opportunities. With the upcoming Congress in Daegu the event will have been held in 20 major cities around the world since its founding.

Further details at www.daegu2013.kr and @WECongress

About the World Energy Council (WEC)

The World Energy Council (WEC) is the principal impartial network of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Formed in 1923, WEC is the UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3000 member organisations located in over 90 countries and drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy related stakeholders. WEC informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high-level events, publishing authoritative studies, and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue.

Further details at www.worldenergy.org and @WECouncil

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“I think energy efficiency and management in the short to long term is the way to go and this conference’s emphasis on ways to improve these is impressive.”

Posted on 08 May 2013 by Africa Business

Exclusive interview with Norman Ndaba:
Global Client Services Partner (GCSP),
Director: Power & Utilities at Ernst & Young –
platinum sponsors at African Utility Week.

1) Norman Ndaba is Ernst & Young’s Sector Leader for Power and Utilities. Here is some background on him and the position:

Position Role
Norman is Ernst & Young’s Power & Utilities sector leader in Africa and he is also the Global Client Service Partner (GSCP) for Eskom. Amongst his duties Norman does the following;

· With account teams achieve the goals for global revenue, global margin, and global sales/pipeline

· Build and leverage strong client relationships

· Champions Expected Service Quality (ESQ) and Assessment of Service Quality (ASQ) levels

· For specific large pursuits, develop the pursuit strategy. Support the account team in pursuit of new business, including escalating decisions regarding required investment in the account

· Sponsor account-wide knowledge and technology initiatives and participate in knowledge sharing activities.

· Identify solutions provided to the client that could be leveraged to other accounts

· Build, develop and maintain a diverse, high performance teams with appropriate expertise.

· Identify key account investment needs, including alliances and partnering.

Value to Power & Utilities Africa

Wide energy industry knowledge and expertise in serving energy companies in sub-saharan Africa.

Norman has over 25 years experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, he spent 15 years in various positions and locations in the downstream oil business of Royal Dutch Shell. He has had extensive exposure to strategic marketing planning, project investment and evaluation analysis, and participated in strategic internal and external studies.

In the last 10 years Norman has served as Eskom’s client services partner on behalf of Ernst & Young and has been instrumental in forging and initiating Ernst & Young Africa Power & Utilities strategy including coordinating local and international Ernst & Young teams to serve clients across Africa.

Relevant clients

Eskom Holdings

City Power

PeU investments

City of Tshwane

Central Energy Fund (CEF)

Department of Energy (DOE)

EDI Holdings (EDI)

Nampower

PetroSA

Sasol Limited.

2) Any exciting projects that you are working on that you can share with us?
I am currently working on a security of revenue project for a major Metro with emphasis on energy efficiency and energy management.

3) What would you say are the main challenges today for utilities on the continent?

· Finding the resources and the capacity to deal with climate change,

· providing acceptable, reliable and affordable energy in an accountable manner,

· war for talent,

· cost of capital and accessibility, and

· capital Projects execution.

4) The power sector is still seen as a good investment opportunity by many, would you agree with that?

Yes

5) What is your vision for this industry?

To leapfrog the energy divide in Africa by 2020.

6) What surprises you about this industry?
How many smart people there are.

7) Ernst & Young are platinum sponsors at African Utility Week – why did you decide to
partner with this event?

I think energy efficiency and management in the short to long term is the way to go and that this conference’s emphasis on ways to improve these is impressive.

8 ) What are you most looking forward to at the CEO Forum during the event?

I am looking forward to interactive discussions with the people who actually do manage the power sector and hear their views in an open forum.

9) You are launching a power and utility report during the CEO Forum, can you give us a
sneak preview of its contents? Any surprises?

No surprises really. Globalisation has got a way of levelling the playing field and shortening distances so to speak.

10) What will be your main message at African Utility Week?
Africa you are not alone. Leapfrog Vision 2020 – is it achievable, if so what is achievable?

11) Anything you would like to add?

I wish a good conference at a personal and corporate level for all the delegates.

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SatADSL Announces a Capital Increase to Finance its Growth Strategy in Africa

Posted on 08 May 2013 by Africa Business

 

Low-cost professional broadband satellite services in Africa

About SatADSL

SatADSL (http://www.satadsl.net) is a satellite service provider offering low cost transactional, Internet access and VoIP service to branch offices of companies located in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The company is seated in Brussels, Belgium, and offers Internet access by satellite in Africa since 2010. Hundreds of African companies use SatADSL service in over 15 different countries in Africa. A money transfer company is connecting together more than 100 of their branches offices thanks to SatADSL.

SatADSL new satellite communication service in Africa is unique because it combines very high-quality service with a low cost of equipment and subscriptions. Corporate users operating in remote areas require both service quality guaranteed by SLAs and affordability. SatADSL service offer is recognized in Africa as being a unique competitive offer for serving companies small branch offices performing business-critical transactions.

SatADSL teams up with highly qualified African partners who offer a high-quality service to professional end-users, spanning from Mali to South Africa. SatADSL distribution network is expanding every day.

Meet SatADSL

SatADSL (http://www.satadsl.net) will be present at SatCom Africa, in Johannesburg, 28-29 May 2013 – Stand D4. SatADSL will give a conference on Tuesday 28th at 10.30 AM.

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, May 8, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ SatADSL (http://www.satadsl.net), a Belgian Company providing satellite Internet access and communications service in Sub-Saharan Africa, announced today the successful completion of a capital increase aiming at financing its development over the next 5 years. SatADSL completed this last round of capital increase against a cash contribution of 1 million Euros by a leading Belgian private equity investor. This investment will be used to support SatADSL growth strategy aiming at connecting thousands of branch offices of African companies in Sub-Saharan Africa with ubiquitous, reliable yet affordable satellite communications.

Download the flyer: http://www.apo-mail.org/130508EN.pdf

Download the poster: http://www.apo-mail.org/130508poster.pdf

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntQi61BmgtM

“This is a further step in the direction of making SatADSL a big success” says Thierry Eltges, SatADSL CEO.

“We are delighted to work with such an experienced and committed investor which will motivate us to work even harder to fulfill our ambitious business objectives. We are fully committed to offering impeccable quality of service to our African customers and generate value for our shareholders. This capital increase will provide us with the means to support our growth strategy and to further develop our low-cost multi-service delivery platform for the benefit of our African customers. In particular we are proud to help banks and money transfer companies to expand their commercial network of branch offices and to help them providing qualitative financial services to the most remote places. “

 

SOURCE

SatADSL S.A.

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IFC Support for Country Bird’s Expansion Encourages Agribusiness, Employment in Southern Africa

Posted on 03 May 2013 by Africa Business

About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit http://www.ifc.org.

 

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a convertible loan of $25 million to support poultry producer Country Bird’s expansion in Africa. IFC’s investment will allow Country Bird to increase production and operations; encouraging a thriving agribusiness enterprise and creating employment opportunities in Southern Africa and beyond.

 

With operations including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, Country Bird’s business comprises poultry breeding, broiler production, stock feed, and processing. IFC funding will support Country Bird increase chick production over the next three years in Zambia and Botswana, expand feed mill capacity in Zambia, and add poultry processing facilities and two soybean plants in South Africa.

 

Country Bird’s expansion will provide more affordable proteins in Southern Africa, create jobs in the rural areas where the company operates, and increase revenues for its 21,500 maize farmers and 112,000 workers employed through the company’s supply chain.

 

Kevin James, Founder of Country Bird, said “In just a decade since we started operations, Country Bird has become the third largest integrated poultry producer in South Africa. We are seeking to expand our production, so we can meet increasing consumer demand in the region. IFC’s investment supports Country Bird’s growth and our goal to provide more affordable proteins in Southern Africa.”

 

With increasing urbanization and disposable incomes, per capita meat consumption is expected to double in Africa by 2030, particularly that of poultry, which is cheaper relative to other meats.

 

Saleem Karimjee, IFC Senior Country Manager for Southern Africa, said, “IFC is committed to investing in companies like Country Bird that catalyze growth in this important sector. Africa needs dynamic regional agribusiness companies that help encourage competitiveness and can expand successful models outside their home markets.”

 

 

Agriculture accounts for one third to one half of GDP in most African countries, and 80 percent of the poor in Africa live in rural areas.

Promoting agribusiness in Africa is a key priority for IFC as is food security, given that the sector employs a large percentage of Africa’s labor force, and has a strong impact on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

 

 

SOURCE

International Finance Corporation (IFC) – The World Bank

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Standard Bank uses sustainable strategy to mesh commercial reality and social relevance

Posted on 02 May 2013 by Africa Business

2012 Sustainability Report proves that Standard Bank’s strategy and sustainability programmes are mutually reinforcing and have served the company well in the past 12 months

Johannesburg, 2 May 2013 Standard Bank Group’s 2012 Sustainability Report indicates that the Group’s repositioning several years ago to focus on Africa and, therefore, linking its own sustainability with that of the people and businesses of the continent is paying dividends – for both the Group and its markets.

By embedding sustainability thinking and sustainable business practices at every level of the business, the Standard Bank Group (SBG) has, among others:

· Prevented fraud to the value of R1,1 billion

· Created R60 billion in wealth

· Banked more than 661 000 SMEs across Africa

· Enabled Standard Bank South Africa (SBSA) to spend R125 million in corporate social investment

· Increased SBSA’s Inclusive Banking customers to 6,2 million (2011: 5,4 million)

· Increased the number of women managers to 47% (2011: 46%)

· Increased training spend from R484 million in 2011 to R609 million in 2012

· Increased black representation at senior management level from 35% to 37%

· More than doubled the number of participants in leadership development programmes from 1 101 in 2011 to 2 498 in 2012

· Committed R9,4 billion to renewable energy projects in South Africa

· Enabled financing of 16 Equator Principle projects (2011: nine)

· Abated 19 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions through carbon financing.

“Only a banking group that is organisationally and financially healthy can deliver these kinds of sustainability results for its internal and external stakeholders,” says Karin Ireton, Head of Sustainability Management for Standard Bank. “So, our sustainability priority is to ensure that we operate in a way that makes business sense for us.

The maturing of our sustainability reporting gives us the ability to articulate and assess the value that sustainability management has for the Group. Making a commitment to better reporting to our stakeholders has the potential to improve the business.”

An example of the objectivity of Standard Bank’s reporting is the fact that this year’s report shows that the CO2 emissions for Standard Bank South Africa were 412 089 metric tons in 2012 as against 180 403 in 2011.

This is not because the bank’s carbon footprint has worsened but because its measure of energy usage has improved. The bank has designed an innovative methodology by means of which it can understand the costs of energy in an organisation running hundreds of sites, most with different energy suppliers, all billing in different ways.

“The information we now have enables us to make better decisions about reducing our carbon footprint across both our ATM network and our multiple branches and offices all with different lighting configurations and different levels of computer, air-conditioning, and photocopier usage,” Ms Ireton says.

SBG not only ensures that all strategic decisions incorporate sustainability related insight and analysis as well as intelligence gained from its stakeholder engagement activities, it also focuses on instilling an inclusive business culture and leadership style through its operations.

As a consequence, some of the success stories in the 2012 Sustainability Report include advances in transformation, inclusive and responsible banking products and services, and infrastructure, renewable energy, affordable housing, and agriculture financing.

“One of the reasons SBG has reached the venerable age of 150 years, is that it has always been responsive to the issues of the times,” Ms Ireton says. “In the modern era, sustainability is the issue, and the Group is responding to it holistically and in an integrated way.”

Local and international acknowledgement of SBG’s sustainability strategy includes:

· Corporate Knights Inc. 2013 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World – SBG was the only African company included, ranking 98th

· Newsweek Green Rankings – of the largest 500 publicly traded companies globally, SBG ranked 21st in the financial sector category and 64th overall

· Bloomberg New Energy Finance Clean Energy & Energy Smart Technology League Tables – SBG ranked as the seventh international lead arranger for renewable energy financing

· 2012 JSE Socially Responsible Investment Index – Standard Bank was identified as a best performer, for the sixth consecutive year.

Standard Bank Africa footprint (Acrobat Reader, .pdf)

Standard Bank Rosebank (Acrobat Reader, .pdf)

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“Africa has the ability to make a technology leap quickly whilst learning from deployment already in the field around the world.”

Posted on 01 May 2013 by Africa Business

Andrew Jones, Managing Director – Europe, Middle East and Africa
S&C Electric Europe Ltd. S&C are silver sponsors at the upcoming Clean Power Africa in Cape Town.

1) What are you most excited about currently in terms of S&C ELECTRIC’s products and solutions?

The S&C products range continues to expand as we seek to find solutions to customer problems. Currently the two areas that are gathering the most excitement from utility customers around the world are our energy storage solutions ranging from 25KWh to 10s of MWh and our smart grid products such as IntelliRupter and TripSaver. In addition, S&C expertise on connecting renewable projects on a global basis continues to result in a strong growth in business.

2) What is on the calendar for S&C ELECTRIC in 2013?

The major item on our calendar is to ensure that the high growth rate achieved in 2012 is continued and the expectation is that we will see growth in excess of 50% in 2013 in the EMEA region. Since we only targeted Africa as a region for growth in 2012, we see our ability to understand and support the Africa needs, as critical in helping us achieve this growth. This means that recruitment is underway particularly in our service area as we increase our level of local support, which includes Africa. In May we will open in Europe our global monitoring center so that we are able to monitor and troubleshoot any issues throughout the EMEA region. A number of product enhancements will be introduced during the year that suit the African market and this will be available to be discussed at the show.

3) What opportunities do you see in Africa?

Africa has the ability to make a technology leap quickly so that it can start using the leading edge technology quickly, whilst learning from deployment already in the field around the world. As such S&C expects smart grid opportunities in both rural and urban environments and increased integration of renewable energy. S&C is excited about the off-grid potential in Africa as a way to get more people connected to the grid quickly and cheaper than conventional methods. We see S&C experience of global deployment coupled with our engineering team who enjoy solving customer problems, as a great way to start generating business.

4) What do you think makes S&C ELECTRIC competitive in this market?

S&C is a specialist solution provider so is able to tailor its solution to meet the customer needs. Since we don’t offer a “one size suits all approach” we believe customers understand the value we create for them and with our help can understand the life cycle benefits of any solution. We have already advised customers in Africa that in some instances our solution offer significant value but in others it is the wrong product to offer. We see building trust based on this approach as being critical for customers to understand S&C value.

5) What do you think are the biggest challenges to the South African/African energy market?

One of the largest challenges facing the African market is the ability to provide reliable affordable electricity for all that is available 24/7. This is likely to result in adoption of new technology and the speed that the customers embrace this change will be critical.

6) What surprises you about this industry?

The most pleasant surprise is how technically informed the industry is and it clearly keeping abreast of activity in the rest of the world. I think this education coupled with the realization that new technology solutions are required will result in Africa quickly moving to the high technology innovative products. This recognition appears much higher than Europe.

7) Why did you decide to sponsor at Clean Power Africa?

After discussion with our local representatives we decided that this was the best event to show potential customers the innovative product range of S&C in a short period of time.

8 ) What will be the your main message for the event delegate and visitor?

We want to share our experience and knowledge with all delegates and visitors and would love for them to come to speak to us about problems that they can’t find solution to.

9)    Anything you would like to add?

All visitors who leave their business cards at the stand will have the chance to win a bottle of
Penderyn Welsh Single Malt Whiskey.

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Kenya’s Newest Payments Innovation: Equity and Google launch Electronic Payments

Posted on 30 April 2013 by Africa Business

Consumers can enjoy quick and easy cashless bus ticketing with BebaPay: convenient for

passengers and operators

www.beba.co.ke

About BebaCard

BebaPay is an Equity product regulated by CBK, powered using technology by Google, a global leader in technology who bring their expertise in mobile and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

About Equity Bank

Equity Bank commenced business in Kenya on registration in 1984.It has evolved from a small Building Society, a Microfinance Institution; to currently the all-inclusive financial services provider which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and Uganda Securities Exchange.

Equity Bank Group is one of the region’s leading banks whose purpose is to transform the lives and livelihoods of the people of Africa socially and economically by availing them modern, inclusive financial services that maximize their opportunities. While the Equity brand is associated with empowerment of un-banked & the poorly banked segment of population, the Bank has evolved to become an all-inclusive bank for all. With nearly 8 million accounts, Equity Bank is the largest bank in the region in terms of customer base. The Bank has operations in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Tanzania. www.equitybankgroup.com

About Google Inc.

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin,Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.google.com/africa and our Google Africa Blog: google-africa.blogspot.com.  You can also follow Google’s Africa team on Twitter: twitter.com/googleafrica

 

 

Nairobi, 30th May 2013: Equity and Google today announced BebaPay, Kenya’s newest cashless innovation to make payments easy and more convenient for consumers and merchants. With BebaPay, bus passengers can sign up for a card and top up for free at Equity agents. Customers can also top up their cards via mobile money. BebaPay helps to overcome the problem of using cash and receiving the correct change when paying for public transport on the bus or “matatu”.  BebaPay is the first payments system of its kind for Kenya.

BebaPay makes it easy to pay for your bus fare and helps you budget and track your spending.  All you do is swipe your card on the card reader in order to pay. You also get free SMS receipts and the BebaPay website makes it easy to budget and manage your expenses on your mobile or computer.  You can get a BebaPay card for yourself, family members or co-workers.  Bus conductors can use BebaPay on a Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled Android phone to accept payments from BebaPay smart cards.

Dr James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank, says that “The BebaPay card is a first for Kenya and will change the transport industry when it comes to payment. It is a convenient local payment solution that makes it easy to budget and manage one’s expenses on a mobile phone or computer”.

“Research showed that technology could help bus operators and passengers to ease the process of ticketing, so we’re pleased that Nairobi commuters can now enjoy the advantages of BebaPay”, says Joe Mucheru, Google Kenya Country Manager.  “Using NFC is part of Google’s efforts to improve transactions for both businesses and consumers. NFC makes it easier for people to pay for goods and services, and gives merchants extra ways to connect with their customers using technology and the Internet”.

Lucia Atieno, a daily commuter who has been using BebaPay card for over 6 months, said “I now spend less on bus fares, since I can plan in advance how much money I need for a particular period of time. The conductors never leave with my change, which used to happen a lot if I forgot to as ask for it.  Greatest of all, no more chunks of paper in my handbag in the name of receipts!

Equity Bank and Google will be using affordable NFC-enabled Android devices that are available in Kenya and can be used for BebaPay.  Currently BebaPay is only available at key bus stops such as Kencom House. Equity Bank is working on rolling out BebaPay to more locations over time.

Note: Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

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MITSUMI wins IT Distribution Company of the year award at BoICT Awards Nigeria

Posted on 30 April 2013 by Africa Business

About MITSUMI Distribution:

www.mitsumidistribution.com

MITSUMI was formed in Nairobi, Kenya in the year 1996 with the aim of introducing appropriate and affordable technologies to Africa and now 17 years on, we are a largest IT & CE distributor.

We are authorized distributors for leading global IT brands. Our growing brand portfolio includes HP, Dell, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung, Microsoft, Sandisk, Western Digital, BenQ, Tripplite and Huawei.

As one of the Africa’s largest IT distributors, MITSUMI is the conduit through which the power of technology flows to 19 Countries in Africa. MITSUMI is a leading and fast growing technology distributor in Africa because of its Pan Africa distribution strategy/vision, aggressive expansion, regional geographical coverage and extensive customer base. MITSUMI has its head office in Kenya and presence in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, South Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Mauritius and Madagascar including strategic mother hub in Jebel Ali (U.A.E).

MITSUMI has 15 warehouses and 8 service centers in Africa. These capabilities help us reduce turnaround time in distributing products to the African markets. MITSUMI’s credit facilities to partners also consolidated its leadership advantage in Africa.

 

 

Nigeria, West Africa – The 4th Annual Beacon of ICT Awards 2013, the annual industry wide celebration of deserving talents, contributions and commitments to the growth of the ICT industry was held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos, Nigeria.

 

MITSUMI Distribution, one of the Africa’s largest IT & CE distributors wins ICT Distribution Company of the year award. A constellation of leading players in ICT and financial space were gathered for this year’s Beacon of ICT Awards.

The Beacon of ICT Awards is the annual industry wide celebration of deserving talents, contributions and commitments to the growth of the ICT industry. Over 55,000 Nigerians have voted in unionism for MITSUMI in this year’s edition of Beacon of ICT Awards.

Beacon of ICT Awards is one of the biggest red carpet events in Nigeria and has hosted most of the greats from Ernest Ndukwe, the father of Nigeria modern telecom; Engr. Yomi Bolarinwa, the exemplary public servant; among others.

Ernest Ndukwe, former boss of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), was the special guest of honour.

 

Mr. Rajiv Patel - Country Manager at MITSUMI Distribution has received the award


Mitesh Shah – Managing Director at MITSUMI Distribution saidwe are delighted that Nigerians have recognized us and we are proud to receive this honour. MITSUMI has a long history in the Africa market and we always demonstrated our ability to diversify our business model and add value to partners.”

MITSUMI IT Distribution has a first-mover advantage in Africa since the company was the first to establish a chain of in-country presence in these markets ranging from facilities like warehousing, stocking points and support service centers in 1996.

MITSUMI’s regional geographical coverage and extensive customer base has made the group the largest and fastest growing distributor in Emerging Africa.


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