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The Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market 2013-2023 – Market Size and Drivers: Market Profile

Posted on 16 May 2013 by Africa Business

NEW YORK, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

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This report provides readers with a comprehensive analysis of the Armored and Counter IED Vehicles market through 2013-2023, including highlights of the demand drivers and growth stimulators for Armored and Counter IED Vehicles. It also provides an insight on the spending pattern and modernization pattern in different regions around the world.


The global armored and counter IED vehicles market valued US$23.4 billion in 2013, and will increase at a CAGR of 2% during the forecast period, to reach US$28.7 billion by 2023. The market consists of six categories: APCs, LMVs, IFVs, MRAPs, MBTs and Tactical Trucks. The IFV segment is expected to account for 34% of the global armored and counter IED vehicles market, followed by the MBT segment with a share of 26.2%.

Reasons To Buy

“The Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market 2013-2023 – Market Size and Drivers: Market Profile” allows you to:

– Gain insight into the Armored and Counter IED Vehicles market with current and forecast market values.- Understand the key drivers and attractiveness parameters of the global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles market.- Understand the various factors impacting the growth of the Armored and Counter IED Vehicles market.

Table of Contents 1 Introduction

1.1 What is this Report About?

1.2 Definitions

1.3 Summary Methodology

1.4 About Strategic Defence Intelligence

2 Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Size and Drivers

2.1 Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Size and Forecast 2013-2023

2.1.1 Global armored and Counter IED vehicles market expected to increase during the forecast period

2.2 Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market – Regional Analysis

2.2.1 North America is expected to lead the global Armored and Counter IED vehicles market

2.2.2 New programs in armored vehicles in the US to support the global armored and counter IED vehicles market

2.2.3 Armored and counter IED vehicles market to be robust in Europe

2.2.4 Asia to be a lucrative market for armored and counter IED vehicles

2.2.5 Saudi Arabia and Israel expected to lead the armored and counter IED vehicles market in the Middle East

2.2.6 Demand for armored and counter IED vehicles in Africa is expected to reach US$910 million by 2023

2.2.7 Brazil to lead the armored and counter IED vehicles sector in the Latin American region

2.3 Armored and Counter IED vehicles Sub-Sector Market Size Composition

2.3.1 Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Main Battle Tanks to witness strong demand

2.3.2 IFVs to account for the highest expenditure in the global armored and counter IED vehicles market

2.3.3 Market size of Main Battle Tanks expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.1% during forecast period

2.3.4 Armored Personnel Carriers market to experience a marginal decline

2.3.5 Scheduled withdrawal of peacekeeping forces and integration of anti-mine armors on all vehicles to lower MRAP vehicle market

2.3.6 Light Multirole Vehicles market size is expected to decline during the forecast period

2.3.7 Tactical trucks market size expected to witness steady decrease in demand

2.4 Demand Drivers and Growth Stimulators

2.4.1 International peacekeeping missions expected to propel demand for armored and counter IED vehicles

2.4.2 Modernization initiatives will drive the demand for armored and counter IED vehicles

2.4.3 Internal and external security threats fuel the global demand for armored and counter IED vehicles

2.4.4 Increasing costs and capability of armored and counter IED vehicles result in demand for multirole vehicles

2.5 Defense Budget Spending Review

2.5.1 European capital expenditure expected to increase during the forecast period

2.5.2 Asian defense budgets expected to increase at a robust pace

2.5.3 North American defense expenditure projected to decline marginally during the forecast period

2.5.4 Modernization programs likely to drive defense expenditure in South American countries

2.5.5 Military budgets of African countries expected to increase during the forecast period

2.5.6 Defense budgets of Middle Eastern countries likely to increase during the forecast period

2.6 Defense Modernization Review

2.6.1 Debt crisis in Europe leading to postponement of modernization plans

2.6.2 Arms race in Asia reflected in modernization plans

2.6.3 North American modernization plans marginally affected by economic recession

2.6.4 Modernization programs in South America driven by replacement of obsolete armaments

2.6.5 African countries mainly spending on infantry weapons and surveillance and monitoring equipment to slow growing crime rate

2.6.6 Middle Eastern countries pursuing modernization of air force and air defense systems

3 Appendix

3.1 Methodology

3.2 About SDI

3.3 Disclaimer

List of Tables Table 1: Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Overview

Table 2: Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Overview

List of Figures Figure 1: Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 2: Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Breakdown by Region (%), 2013-2023

Figure 3: North American Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 4: European Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Million), 2013-2023

Figure 5: Asia-Pacific Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Million), 2013-2023

Figure 6: Middle East Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Million), 2013-2023

Figure 7: African Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Million), 2013-2023

Figure 8: Latin American Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Million), 2013-2023

Figure 9: Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Breakdown by Segment (%), 2013-2023

Figure 10: Global IFV Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 11: Global MBT Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 12: Global APC Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 13: Global MRAP Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 14: Global LMV Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 15: Global Tactical Truck Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 16: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top Three European Defense Spenders (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 17: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top Three Asian Defense Spenders (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 18: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top North American Defense Spenders (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 19: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top Three South American Defense Spenders (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 20: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top Three African Countries (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 21: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top Three Middle Eastern Defense Spenders (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

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Posted on 27 April 2013 by Amat JENG


AMSTERDAM, Netherland, April 8, 2013/ — Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653) (, the world leader in digital security, has been appointed as prime contractor and turnkey supplier to provide Ghana Immigration Services (GIS) with a highly secure electronic visa and border management solution. This initiative is part of the eGhana project, an ambitious plan with backing from the World Bank to create a modern IT infrastructure that can support the country’s sustainable development plans in the years ahead.

With a population of 24 million, the Republic of Ghana is experiencing rapid expansion of cross-border travel. Recognizing the need to improve the security and efficiency of its existing procedures, the country’s immigration service has turned to Gemalto to deliver the benefits of a country-wide electronic border management system based on biometric authentication.

Gemalto acts as prime contractor and will take responsibility for integrating the advanced visa and border management solution, including change management, transitional training and maintenance services.

The company will deploy border management systems at Ghana’s main ports of arrival and will implement a fully computerized system for visa and permit applications processing and issuing, with the collaboration of Avalon Biometrics. The project also covers the set up of an online portal service for visa application, and the implementation of electronic gates at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport, for rapid, convenient and automated border control of arrivals and departures.


Ghana's airport

This mission-critical solution will streamline processes, reinforce national security and provide the GIS with enhanced border information and intelligence. Aided by biometric data, the authorities will be able to account accurately for everyone entering and leaving the country. The system will also improve the traveling experience, delivering faster and significantly more convenient border control procedures for visitors.

“To maintain Ghana’s economic development, we need an immigration system that can meet the challenges of rapid growth in international travel,” said Commissioner of Police Dr. Peter A. Wiredu, Director of Ghana Immigration Service. “Gemalto contributed to over 80 successful government programs worldwide and has all the required project management skills, reputation and expertise to deliver the country’s new IT infrastructure”.

“This advanced electronic identity management system is fundamental to the whole eGhana project,” said Ari Bouzbib, Senior Vice President for Government Programs at Gemalto. “It will put the country’s border control processes on par with the latest, cutting-edge practices worldwide. In addition to helping to transform Ghana, it can serve as a template for modernization across many other countries in Africa.”

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£179 million five-year healthcare British-backed programme to rebuild clinics, train health workers, supply essential medicines and equipment, and improve water and sanitation in DR Congo

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Africa Business

Six million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will have access to essential healthcare under a new British-backed programme, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced during his visit to Eastern DRC, in a joint statement with the International Development Secretary Justine Greening.

The new £179 million five-year healthcare programme reflects the UK’s commitment to tackling the underlying causes and effects of the conflict in the DRC. It will operate across 10% of the DRC and will rebuild clinics, train health workers, supply essential medicines and equipment, and improve water and sanitation. This will help the Congolese health system to provide basic health services to the Congolese people, including care for survivors of sexual violence.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

Today’s announcement means we will help to get broader health services up and running by building and renovating clinics, training and supervising doctors and nurses, and supplying essential medicine and equipment.

This programme will strengthen the Congolese healthcare system and help the people of DRC to rebuild their country.

This announcement from DFID of funding to support the development of medical facilities and capacity building is essential to help create sustainable peace and security in DRC.

The DRC is one of the world’s poorest countries, whose healthcare system has been decimated by conflict and under-investment.

Complete your supplier shortlist and be ready as the kick off for modernization of the health sectorin DR Congo as started early this year with the inauguration of the Jubilee 450 beds hospital in position to attend to 2000-3000 outpatients per day and perform 3000 medical intervention per year followed by the construction of a new pediatric surgery center within Ngaliema clinic. The center is set to be also equipped with an intensive care unit with a recovery room, laboratory services, technical facilities, cloakroom, a nurse’s room, etc.

The increasing demand for medical manufacturing products, equipment, machinery, services and solutions has prompted a surge of representation at DRC’s premier medical expo by bringing together the entire global healthcare travel market including medical service providers, healthcare professionals, international hospitals, health insurance companies, and more under one roof, CIMEX 2013 will challenge the traditional method of travelling from domestic show to domestic show, saving you time, effort and money.

CIMEX exhibition offers a unique networking platform for decision-makers in the medical and healthcare business. Join Invacare Poirier SAS, Alcon Laboratories, B. Braun, Philips Healthcare, ArjoHuntleigh, Aesculap, Medtronic and many more and engage with this lucrative market in the size of Western Europe.


Visit for more information or to secure your sponsorship package or exhibition space, contact: W. Vita at or 243 824 757 050

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Russia and Siberia – Investments in the billions to the energy industry

Posted on 29 March 2013 by Africa Business

2nd elcom Rossija from 17 to 19 September 2013 with focus on the future’s energy mix


From 17 to 19 September 2013 the Novosibirsk Expocentre will open its doors for the 2nd edition of elcom Rossija. The International Trade Fair on Renewable and Conventional Energy, Energy Efficiency, Electrical Engineering, Lighting and Automation will be held against the backdrop of investments in the billions to the energy industry of Russia and Siberia. Once again the exhibition will be accompanied by a vast conference program with dedicated thematic focus on energy efficiency and intelligent solutions for the future’s energy mix. Siberia’s leading platform for the energy and electrical industry is jointly organised by Siberia Expo of Novosibirsk, the German trade show specialist fairtrade from Heidelberg and Euroindex of  Kiev, Ukraine.


About fairtrade:

fairtrade ranks among the leading organizers of professional international trade fairs in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North Africa ever since its foundation in 1991. Headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, fairtrade maintains a powerful network of agencies and partnerships throughout the world while focusing on achieving an ever higher degree of customer satisfaction, providing excellent service and generating valuable business contacts for exhibitors and trade visitors alike. ISO 9001:2008 certified and as a member of UFI The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, fairtrade organizes events according to the UFI quality norms.

About Siberia Expo:

Siberia Expo is the official organizer of exhibitions, workshops and conventions in the largest exhibition complex behind the Urals – Novosibirsk Expocentre. Siberia Expo was established in 2011. Despite its young age the company was able to form a current calendar of international industrial tradeshows to be held mostly with support of the RF ministries, the office of the President’s Plenipotentiary for the Siberian Federal District, the Novosibirsk region government, the Novosibirsk mayor’s office, and the Novosibirsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Our mission is to facilitate Siberia’s economic development and well-being by providing professional exhibition and convention services and organizing information events as effective mechanisms of business communication.

About Euroindex:

Euroindex is the largest organiser of B2B trade shows in Ukraine. The Kiev-based company founded in 1992 achieved its leading position by holding more than 20 well-known specialised trade fairs annually. Euroindex is also one of the founders and shareholders of KyivExpoPlaza, the No. 1 exhibition centre in Ukraine. As a member of UFI The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, Euroindex organises events according to the UFI quality norms.

The Russian Ministry of Energy estimates the required investment volume for modernisation and construction of power plants in Russia at more than 100 billion Euros until 2020. According to GTAI – Germany Trade and Invest of 19 March 2013 the major projects will be realized in Siberia and the Far East. The main problems in Russia are ageing plants and equipment, with poor efficiency. This is evidenced by the fact that more than half of all heating plants are running since 32 and 50 years, further 22 per cent are even older than 50 years, reports the Energy Ministry. From this push for modernization Russian and foreign producers and suppliers in the energy industry will benefit. (Source: )

According to Martin März, Managing Director with fairtrade, elcom Rossija is a business to business event with a clear focus on quality attendees. März further: “Accompanied by a top level conference program, this is the only specialized event behind the Ural dealing with the major questions in the energy sector. The importance of this event is underlined by the full institutional backing of representatives from the Russian Government and from the Government of the Novosibirsk Region.” During the three days of the exhibition and the forum international and Russian experts will share their professional experience in the development of the energy efficient systems.


The organisers expect a further increase in the quality of the professional trade show visitors. In 2012, 88 per cent of the exhibitors declared themselves satisfied with the quality of the visitors. 75 per cent would recommend this trade show.

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China Oilseed Processing Report Provides Exclusive Insight Into Growth and Investment Potential in the Sector Over Next Decade; Report Now Available

Posted on 10 March 2013 by Africa Business

Complete in-depth report on China oilseed processing sector now available for purchase.


Danvers, MA, March, 2013 –(– The just-released, in-depth report entitled Bringing Transparency to the Chinese Oilseed Processing Sector is now available for sale through Global AgInvestingSM Research & Insight ( 

The in-depth insider report provides a comprehensive analysis of the market dynamics driving growth in the Chinese oilseed processing industry over the next decade including:

· The migration of oilseed processing capacity from the interior of the country to the coast and its impact on domestic production and imports of oilseeds;
· Rationalization of less competitive facilities in the Chinese interior in an effort to modernize the industry and increase capacity utilization;
· The impact of government policies, price controls and modernization efforts on China’s oilseed processing sector;
· Growing consumer demand for protein meals and vegetable oils driven by GDP per capita, urbanization and population growth which have led to a shift from grain-based to animal protein-based diets; and
· Industry structure and market shares of the major oilseed processors.

This report analyzes capacity, production, utilization and consumption in what has until now been an opaque industry, and focuses on what China will need to do to ensure a more robust and modern oilseed processing industry over the next decade, including addressing overcapacity and modernization issues. It also answers the question of how the industry has continued to grow despite volatile margins and government intervention.

According to Bill Devens, lead contributor to the report and Managing Director at HighQuest Partners, LLC., a leading global food and agribusiness consultancy, limited land availability, a lack of modern oilseed processing technologies, and collection and transportation issues in the Chinese interior have made it very difficult for interior processors to compete with processors located on the coast.

At the same time, limited land and production capabilities for oilseeds in China and government policies favoring food grain over oilseed production, coupled with increasing demand and other variables, can only lead to investment opportunities for expanded agriculture in Argentina, Brazil, the U.S. and Africa over the next decade.

“China’s demand for agricultural products is likely to remain strong in the future,” said Devens. “Yet, for various reasons its domestic agricultural sector cannot meet the growing demand for oilseeds which means that China will have to increasingly rely on imports for its oilseed supply.”

Purchasers of this report will secure actionable industry data on the market shifts in the Chinese oilseed processing industry such as:

· Current and projected GDP per capita, urbanization and population trends;
· Aggregated charts, tables and maps of current Chinese oilseed processing capacity and compound feed production, and utilization rates (currently 51.9%) nationwide and by province;
· Chinese government policies affecting production, oilseed processing margins and imports;
· Trade flow maps of Chinese imports of oilseeds and vegetable oils by country of origin;
· Market shares and facility maps of the leading oilseed processors; and
· Current Chinese investments in farmland and agricultural assets overseas in an effort to manage its food security challenges.

To learn more about the report or to purchase a copy, please visit: or contact Bill Devens at Follow us at Twitter@GlobalAgInvest # ChinaCrush.

Contact Information
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Michelle Marshall
978.887.8800 x117

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IMF Concludes 2013 Article IV and EFF Review Mission to Seychelles

Posted on 06 March 2013 by Africa Business

VICTORIA, Mahé, March 6, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Carol Baker visited Victoria from February 20 – March 5, 2013 to conduct the 2013 Article IV consultation discussions and assess performance at end-December for the seventh program review under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) Arrangement with Seychelles.1 The mission met with Finance Minister Pierre Laporte, Central Bank Governor Caroline Abel, other senior government officials and members of parliament, as well as representatives of the private sector.

At the conclusion of the mission, Ms. Baker issued the following statement:

“The Seychellois economy has shown resilience in the face of the difficult global economic environment. Economic growth has held up thanks to increasing tourist arrivals from non-traditional markets; fiscal policies have remained firmly on track toward the government’s target of bringing public debt down to 50 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2018; and debt restructuring is nearly complete. Monetary tightening has been successful in reversing the inflationary uptick experienced last year, and inflation pressures are expected to continue their recently observed downward path.

“The government has made sustained progress in implementing the IMF-supported program. All end-December 2012 quantitative targets under the program were met. The broader structural reform agenda is also moving ahead, with cabinet approval of the public sector investment program and passage of the Public Financial Management Act. The mission welcomes the introduction of the value-added tax (VAT), which will modernize and strengthen the tax system, and encourages the government to take all necessary steps to ensure that the VAT is applied efficiently.

“The government of Seychelles has made significant strides since the time of the 2008 debt crisis to stabilize the economy, improve financial discipline at the central government level and reduce public debt. However, challenges remain. Seychelles’ open economy remains highly vulnerable to external shocks. Moreover, like many small middle-income economies, Seychelles faces the medium-term challenge of achieving high-income status in the face of limited opportunities for rapid growth.

“Policies in the period ahead should aim to cement macroeconomic stability, and support growth and employment. Ensuring a buildup of buffers against shocks will be critical in the current global economic environment, and requires the continuation of prudent macroeconomic policies and the safeguarding of international reserves. Moreover, the mission urges the authorities to bring the same level of fiscal discipline observed at the central government level to the broader public sector, including through the gradual adjustment and rebalancing of domestic utility, food and transport prices. Throughout this price adjustment process, it is of utmost importance to take the necessary steps to protect the most vulnerable segments of Seychellois society, while increasing use of mean-tested benefits in social welfare to ensure that it does not act as a deterrent to labor force participation.

“In terms of growth and employment, the government should maintain momentum for their ample structural reform agenda which aims to foster an environment conducive to private sector participation in economic activity. Key measures include modernization of the legal framework—such as the Companies, Insolvency and Labor Acts—in line with international best practice; financial sector development aimed at reducing the cost and increasing access to credit, especially for small and medium enterprises; and building capacity of local labor to bring it in line with the needs of the private sector. In the case of housing and social protection, policies should seek to balance addressing market failures and protecting the vulnerable against overly generous benefits which deter labor market participation and private sector development.

“The mission appreciates the high quality of the discussions and wishes to thank the authorities for their warm hospitality, and the open and constructive dialogue.”

1 The Extended Fund Facility under the Extended Arrangement is an instrument of the IMF designed for countries facing serious medium-term balance of payments problems because of structural weaknesses that require time to address. Assistance under the extended facility features longer program engagement—to help countries implement medium-term structural reforms—and a longer repayment period. (See Details on Seychelles’ current arrangement are available at



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AfDB Approves US $300-Million Loan to Nigeria

Posted on 28 February 2013 by Africa Business


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, February 28, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group ( approved Wednesday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, a loan of US $300 million to finance the Transport Sector and Economic Governance Reform Program and the Nigeria Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for the period 2013-2017.


The loan aims to support the Nigerian Government to accelerate reform implementation in the areas of transport sector governance, and public expenditure management. Reform measures include the establishment of a Federal Road Authority, National Road Maintenance Fund, Road-Tolling Policy, and Axel Load Control Policy.

In the areas of public financial management reform, the program involves the adoption of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), Internal Audit Modernization Plan, Treasuring Single Account (TSA), Government Integrated Public Financial Management (GIFMIS), and Transparency and Compliance in Procurement and Audit Practices.

The program will also create fiscal space for increased investment in road infrastructure development. It is an integral part of a broader set of interventions of the Bank designed to support Nigeria’s Transformation Agenda with emphasis to economic governance and infrastructure development.

The Country Strategy Paper outlines the Bank’s engagement and assistance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It will focus on two strategic pillars, namely supporting the development of a sound policy environment, and investing in critical infrastructure to promote the development of the real sector of the economy. The strategy is aligned with the Government’s long term development agenda.



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AfDB Supports Export-Oriented SMEs to Boost Local Job Creation in Nigeria

Posted on 05 February 2013 by The African Press Organization

ABUJA, Nigeria, February 5, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ The African Development Bank (AfDB) ( signed on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 an agreement to provide two sovereign-guaranteed multi-tranche lines of credit (LoCs) of respectively US $500 million to Bank of Industry (BOI) and of US $200 million to Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) in order to support the modernization and expansion of export-oriented small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The LoCs will allow local SMEs to be more competitive, scale up their operations and ultimately create more jobs in Nigeria. The LoCs will include a technical assistance package to strengthen institutional capacity of both BOI and NEXIM as well as their SME clients.

Through this integrated financing package, the AfDB is supporting Nigeria’s efforts towards a more diversified economy away from oil and gas. The LoCs will supply multi-sector financing to address the challenge that SMEs face in accessing finance in the country. Therefore, export-oriented SMEs will be able to become more competitive, ensure sustainable growth of their operations and generate employment in the Nigerian productive sectors.

Bank of Industry (BOI) is the leading catalyst for industrial development resources in Nigeria and one of the oldest development finance institutions in Africa. It was established in 1964 and reorganized in 2001. In line with its mandate to finance industrial development projects, BOI provides term finance and advisory services primarily to indigenous SMEs, to which it devotes at least 85 per cent of its resources

Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) is the national export credit agency of Nigeria. It was established by Act 38 of 1991 with a mandate to provide export credit, export guarantee and export credit insurance as well as export advisory services to export oriented companies, particularly SMEs in the non-oil sector.

Ousmane Dore, AfDB’s Resident Representative in Nigeria, said: “This AfDB combined program will contribute to mobilize significant financial resources for Nigerian export-oriented SMEs, ultimately contributing to economic development, employment opportunities, foreign exchange and regional trade integration.”

Robert Orya, NEXIM Managing Director, added: “Thanks to AfDB’s support through this program, NEXIM seeks important economic development achievements, including approximately 55,000 new jobs for its SME clients, US $1.6 billion in foreign exchange and an overall contribution of almost seven per cent to non-oil exports, including a 10 per cent share in Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) exports. This facility will provide a great opportunity for NEXIM to make available concessional long-term funding in pursuance of its strategic objectives of enhancing value-added exports and bolstering the capacity of SMEs for job creation and foreign exchange earnings.”

Evelyn Oputu, BOI Managing Director, concluded: “The AfDB’s operation, contributing to capital market development and government revenue, is likely to generate significant additional lending to our export-oriented SMEs client at a time when it is sometimes difficult for commercial banks to finance this important sector of the Nigerian economy.”



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April, 2013

Posted on 24 January 2013 by Africa Business

Event: Mastering Pricing & Price Review in Gas & LNG Contracts

Date: 08 to 11 April 2013

Venue: Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, Singapore

Event Website:


Event Title: 4th Annual FPSO

Date: 8-11 April 2013

Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


Capitalizing on the FPSO investment surge, The 4th Annual FPSO Summit offers a key industry platform for offshore field developers, FPSO owners, operators, shipyards and contractors to share know-how, explore interest synergies and develop sound business partnerships.

The conference series has enjoyed endorsement by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore being held in conjunction with the Singapore Maritime Week and co-location with the acclaimed Offshore Support Vessels and Offshore Drilling Rigs events for an even greater networking experience.

For more information, visit or call +65 6508 2401

Event Title: 5th Annual Offshore Drilling Rigs

Date: 8-11 April 2013

Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


There is a heightened movement towards drilling operations in challenging environments and an emphasis on meeting operational and safety standards. Hence, rig owners and contractors are renewing their fleet of jackups, semi-submersibles and drillships into specialised, higher specification rigs to meet client demands.

IBC Asia’s Offshore Drilling Rigs 2013 will provide insight on the latest rig design, construction challenges and opportunities faced by rig owners, builders and designers as drilling operations shift to harsher environments.

For more information, please visit or call +65 6508 2401



LIMEP 2013 (Microsoft Word)

The 2nd Liberian Mining, Energy & Petroleum Conference & Exhibition (LIMEP 2013) will take place from 09 – 11 April 2013, in Monrovia, Republic of Liberia. This event is organised by the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, in partnership with AME Trade Ltd.

Date: 09 – 11 April 2013

Venue: City Hall, Monrovia, Republic of Liberia



Name: 2nd Annual OPEX Africa 2013
Dates: 10 – 11 April 2013
Location: Johannesburg – South Africa
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In just 2 day OPEX Africa 2013, will aim to brainstorm solutions options to achieve the optimum capacity in terms of achieving operations across banking processes.
Attend and experience the opportunity to learn and interact directly with COOs, CIOs and heads of operations excellence specialists and technology who will share and determine the importance of operational excellence across all banking processes.

Have a look at the conference agenda to know about who the speakers are, participating companies, sponsors and partners, discussion topics etc.

Simply email at to receive the agenda in your inbox

Call us on +971 4609 1570 or mail us at to request a free PDF featuring complete speaker panel, minute-by-minute agenda and list of all presentations.



Event: Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) Master Class

Date: 15 to 18 April 2013

Venue: Ramada Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Event Website:


InfoGlobalcom 2013 (Microsoft Word)


4th Conference & Expo: Globalcom Angola 2013


Hotel de Convenções de Talatona, Luanda


iiR Angola ( )


16-17th April 2013



+351 21 793 29 89



iiR Angola is organizing the 4th meeting for the telecommunications market.

If your Sector is the Telecommunications, there is no better place for you to be than Globalcom 2013!

This is the opportunity to meet with industry and international leaders, conduct profitable business and find solutions to your business challenges.


Find out the future of digital in Angola:


-BAND-WIDE`S massification

-TRIPLE PLAY the Value added services

-Demand for Technologies and Services for CONTENT and APPs

-Technologies and Services for CORPORATE CLIENTS


-Globalcom THINK TANK


-Globalcom Angola AWARDS… and much more!

For more information:


Production Sharing Contracts – Advanced Master Class
15-19 April 2013
London, UK

Gas & LNG Contracts
17-19 April 2013
London, UK



World Fiscal Systems for Unconventional Oil & Gas

22-24 April 2013
London, UK


Event Name: 19th Western Africa Oil, Gas and Energy

Date: 22 – 24 April 2013


Discount: 20% off until Jan 30th 2013


Location: Hilton, Windhoek, Namibia


A Premier Business & Deal Driven Event



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Description: The Government of Namibia and the Commissioner for Petroleum of Namibia are pleased to welcome Global Pacific & Partners’ 19th Western Africa Oil/Gas & Energy Conference 2013 to Windhoek and invite you to support this important meeting which will focus on the oil and gas opportunities and potential across the West African offshore and onshore for hydrocarbon exploration, discovery and development as well as gas-LNG and energy development. This Conference will be once again be a landmark event with our 9th Strategy Briefing on Western Africa held the day prior to the Conference, offering prime networking potential as well as direct exposure to Governments, National Oil Companies, Licensing Agencies and leading corporate players in and across this vast zone where a century of oil/gas development is combined with numerous fast-emerging frontier ventures, including pre-salt targets in the highly prospective offshore/deepwater zones from Morocco to Cape Town.




Event Name:                                     NGT Africa

Date of Event:                                  23rd – 25th April 2013, Western Cape

State/Country:                               South Africa

Event Venue:                                   Arabella Western Cape Hotel

Event URL:                             

Contact Name:                                Charlie Bestall

Email Address:                       


Organising Company:                  Centre for Management Technology

Event Name:                                     Sugar Trade Asia

Date of Event:                                  24-25 Apr, 2013 – Yangon

State/Country:                               Myanmar

Event Venue:                                   To be Advised

Event URL:                             

Contact Name:                                Ms Hafizah Adam

Email Address:                       

Telephone Number:                      +65 6346 9218 | Fax: +65 63469147



26 – 28 April

Hotel Memling (C.G.H.A.)
5B, Avenue du Tchad
Kinshasa  – Gombe
Democratic Republic of Congo

CIMEX, Congo International Medical Expo is the first and only international trades show for medical equipments, hospital supplies, dental equipments, Optics, Laboratory and Pharmaceuticals suppliers.

Major obstacles to improve health coverage, quality of services and health care for the Congolese population are mainly related to lack of inedequat infrastructure, incomplete and non-compliant medical equipment, poormaintenance; lack of essential drugs and management of health information.

Associate your brand with CIMEX and claim your share of this market in the size of Western Europe now!

This exhibition will be visited by local buyers, the Ministry of Public Health and its departments, academics and students, hospital managers, distributors, procurement directors from public and private hospitals, hospital owners, traders, officials of the Departments of Public Health, researchers and scientists, health consultants, pharmacists, dentists, doctors, nurses, physicians,donors, fundraiser, technical and financial partners of the Ministry of Health in DR Congo fromKinshasa, Lubumbashi , Bandundu, Bas-Congo and neighboring Congo Brazzaville and Pointe Noire in particular.

This, giving exhibitors an excellent opportunity to benefit as a pioneer in this untapped market.

Go to to reserve your sponsorship package or space now! Contact for more information


The 16th AUTOEXPO 2013 April 29th to 1st May 2013 – KICC Kenya:
16th Autoexpo Africa – the largest automobiles, spares and accessories exhibition in the entire east African region is scheduled to be held from April 29th to 1st May 2013. Celebrating its 16th year anniversary; the leading trade exhibition for automobile, truck and bus parts, equipments, components, accessories, tools, and services continues to bring world leading manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers in touch with one of the most important markets in the world.
For 15 years, Autoexpo Africa has been chosen by the global manufacturers and exporters as the precise platform to enter the market of the millennium; Africa. The rapid industrialization and modernization currently sweeping through many African countries has resulted in an increased demand for capital goods such as machinery, lubricants, spare parts, ball bearings and other automotive mechanical goods and accessories. The market for automobile spare parts, in particular, has been an attractive sector for global exporters, as Africa has witnessed a remarkable increase in imports by 30%.


The 2nd Oil & Gas Africa April 29th to 1st May 2013 – KICC Kenya :

The 2nd Oil & Gas Africa, April 29th to 1st May 2013, is a hub for key players in the oil and gas community, attracting leading oil, gas and petroleum companies from around the world. Trade visitors from all over East & Central African countries are being invited directly and in collaboration with several regional trade bodies in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Mozambique & Congo. Oil & Gas Africa will offer participants the opportunity to showcase the industry’s latest achievements and technologies while networking with key figures from the region’s oil and gas sector. The exhibition brings the industry together in a forum that is conducive to business.
Though Kenya by itself is one of the biggest markets in Africa, major emphasis is being laid upon attracting traders and importers from neighboring countries. This regional trade event serves the resource-rich east African region and city of Nairobi; Kenya’s major centre of oil and gas activity for many of the leading operators in the country.
Kenya has attracted oil & gas companies not only because of its ports and strategic location but also because the government is keen not to be left out of the exploration.


2nd Power & Energy Africa April 29th to 1st May 2013 – KICC Kenya

The 2nd Power & Energy Africa is being held from the 29th of April to the 1st of May, 2013 at Kenya’s prime international venue; the Kenyatta International Conference Center in Nairobi. Exhibiting at the largest power event in the industry will allow you to showcase your products and services to the industry’s largest gathering of qualified decision-makers.
The second edition of Power & Energy Africa is an imposing demonstration of its importance for the successful development of power and energy sector in Kenya. The expectations with the first show were not only fulfilled, but clearly surpassed.
Trade visitors from all over East & Central African countries are being invited directly and in collaboration with several regional trade bodies in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Mozambique & Congo. Though Kenya by itself is one of the biggest markets in Africa, major emphasis is being laid upon attracting traders and importers from neighboring countries.


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Intelligent CXT wire rope hoists increase productivity, safety and service life of cranes

Posted on 24 January 2013 by Africa Business

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity-enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all makes. In 2011, Group sales totaled EUR 1,896 million. The Group has 11,900 employees, at 609 locations in 47 countries. Konecranes is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (symbol: KCR1V).

Konecranes frequency converters ASR and ESR: hoisting speeds that adjust automatically according to the current load of the wire rope hoist

When crane drivers have only one or two speeds for lifting and lowering available, the current peaks and numerous changeovers can lead to wear and tear and high energy consumption. Such a situation requires stepless and adjustable hoisting speeds. They provide better operating comfort, increase productivity and the crane’s service life even as they reduce energy consumption. There is, however, one problem: conventional frequency converters require an elaborate equipping of the crane leading to high investment costs. To overcome it, Konecranes has developed two converters with ASR (Adaptive Speed Range/Adaptive hoisting speed) and ESR (Extended Speed Range/Extended hoisting speed) that enable advanced solutions for stepless adjustment of the hoisting speed.

Stepless and adjustable controls for all movements — lifting and lowering as well as trolley and crane travelling — are very often used in heavy process cranes. Light industrial cranes, on the other hand, are often not so well equipped. Konecranes has pioneered this technology: All Konecranes industrial cranes are equipped with stepless trolley and crane movements, enabling superior operating comfort and ease of use.


Quality and product features

Since lighter industrial cranes still mostly have the conventional control with only two-speed hoisting in the ratio of 4:1 or 6:1, the engineers at Konecranes — world specialists in crane and lifting technology — have now gone one step ahead. They have developed two new converters for hoisting with ASR (Adaptive Speed Range/Adaptive hoisting speed) and ESR (Extended Speed Range/Extended hoisting speed):


  • The convenient ASR technology provides stepless control of the hoisting speed in the ratio of 10:1. Owing to the optimized model sizes of the components, the ASR technology does not require any elaborate electrical equipping of the crane. The speed with full load automatically touches a third of the maximum speed with empty hooks. The hoisting speed with empty hook, on the other hand, is 50% faster than with two-speed hoisting.


  • The ESR technology offers extremely fast hoisting speeds using more powerful engines and providing an extended speed range of up to 37:1. When operating with the maximum load, the hoisting speed with ESR is automatically two thirds of the maximum hoisting speed. However, hoisting speed with empty hook is 50% faster than with traditional frequency converter.

Both the models have varied uses because of their intelligent operation: for instance, the hoisting speed with empty hooks can be up to 50 percent quicker than the corresponding two-speed hoist engines. This saves time and increases productivity. The smooth speed acceleration provided by the converter minimizes strains on crane bridge, crane runway and building, while preventing current peaks at the same time. This ensures a longer lifetime, lower energy consumption and lesser maintenance costs throughout the service life. The crane driver can freely concentrate on safe operating, because the hoisting speed is monitored by the frequency converter according to the load. When summarizing both technologies, the conclusion is that the smaller the load is, the faster the hoisting speed is.


ASR technology: The adaptive hoisting speed is mainly for cranes and hoisting units that usually lift small or medium loads and occasionally maximum loads. The experience shows that most hoist units are usually loaded with light weights. Owing to quicker speeds in empty hooks and partial load, ASR hoist converters offer higher productivity, safety and service life for these applications. Owing to the converter technology in the hoist unit, the CXT wire rope hoists with ASR technology are also suitable for a quick and easy modernization of existing crane systems.

ESR technology: The extended hoisting speed comes useful mainly when medium or maximum loads are moved regularly. An investment in ESR is recommended if the hoist unit is to be used for quick hoist speeds even in full load or if very high speed range is desired.


Konecranes CXT ASR/ESR

Konecranes CXT ASR/ESR

Compact and easy to integrate: The ASR technology offers a compact solution for stepless adjustment of hoisting movements since the frequency converter is integrated to hoist electrical cubicle without extensive electric installation in the CXT wire rope hoist.



Load range and area of application in which the ASR frequency converter is recommended.


Load range and area of application in which the ESR frequency converter is recommended.



Further information:
Konecranes PTY LTD South Africa

5 Jurie Street, Alrode, Alberton
P.O: Box 11713, Randhart 1457

John Macdonald, Sales and Marketing Director
phone +27 11 864 2800

graphics/sources: Konecranes

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