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Germany advances as Major Player in Pan-African Trade and Investment
September 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF), Africa Oil & Power and the African Energy Chamber co-hosted the webinar as part of a GABF cooperation-focused series.

“Investment and Trade for Africa’s Economic Development” – a public webinar held on Wednesday – targeted opportunities for cross-border collaboration between Africa and Germany; the African Export-Import Bank announced its plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with German car manufacturers to establish an automotive industry in Africa; the Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF), Africa Oil & Power and the African Energy Chamber co-hosted the webinar, as part of a GABF cooperation-focused series.

The Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF) hosted its second installment of its German-African cooperation-focused webinar series on Wednesday, aimed at outlining the opportunities for sustainable FDI between Germany and the African continent.

The panel comprised H.E. Günter Nooke, Africa Envoy to German Chancellor Angela Merkel; NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber; and Rene Awambeng, Global Head Client Relationship at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

Anchored by the theme of investment and trade for African economic development, the opening keynote was delivered by H.E. Nooke, and outlined four key success factors in driving Africa’s economic development: investment and business climate, transport, energy and technological infrastructure, available workforce, and access to markets.

Digitalization and green energy were advanced as two of the critical sectors for facilitating Africa’s economic and social development. Africa contains a young, tech-savvy population, noted H.E. Nooke, translating to smooth technological adoption and enhanced opportunities for both consumers and businesses.

Highlighting efforts to expand global market reach, H.E. Nooke noted the anticipated benefits of the recently adopted African Continental Free Trade Agreement, signed by 53 African countries and already implemented by 30. The agreement is set to boost intra-African trade, with the ultimate objective of creating a common market that empowers African nations.

Meanwhile, cross-border developments in clean energy have already been progressing. This month, a German delegation visited the Democratic Republic of Congo to study opportunities related to the Inga III hydroelectric dam project. Germany is eyeing major opportunities for hydrogen production, a clean fuel alternative, as well as wind, solar and hydropower resources scattered across the continent.

Germany is currently active in a range of investments across the continent. The European leader played a major role in securing a $300 million facility from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The funds are aimed at creating jobs, reviving economies in a post-COVID-19 environment, and encouraging investment reforms to boost FDI.

Furthermore, Afreximbank will imminently announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with German automotive manufacturers, such as Volkswagen, intended to create an African-driven automobile manufacturing strategy.

“We are looking to create a holistic approach to automotive manufacturing,” said Rene Awambeng. “Our goal is to build an entire value chain, with the support of Germany and Europe, in order to be able to design, build and market cars across Africa.”

In a bid to drive investor engagement in a variety of sectors, NJ Ayuk called for a change in the perception of risk associated with investing in Africa.

“We need to create an enabling environment for banks, financial institutions and investors to perceive Africa as a safe and profitable destination,” said Ayuk. “Rwanda paved the way and we have seen outstanding results. We have an obligation to make the change.”

Ayuk also appealed to Europeans nations, such as Germany, to focus on investment rather than aid. Investment enables the creation of synergies and partnerships and places project leaders in a position of accountability. While aid is welcome in periods of crisis, noted Ayuk, it must not be the standard for sustainable, long-term business. 

Awambeng underscored that long-term, affordable financing is available for Africa’s investment opportunities, combined with technical capacities and business support.

“Huge amounts of capital are available across the continent in all forms: equity, bank debt, development financial institutions, sovereign funds, among others. All we are missing are the people to make the transition happen.”

*Source Africa Oil & Power Conference

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CNN’s Eleni Giokos to moderate discussion on German-African business relations with Chancellor Merkel’s Africa Envoy
September 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The webinar will be held on 23 September at 15h30 CET.

Eleni Giokos
Eleni Giokos

The discussion will be centred on the topic: Investment and Trade for Africa’s Economic Development; Co-moderated by the Germany Africa Business Forum and spearheaded by H.E Günter Nooke, Africa Envoy to Chancellor Merkel, the discussion also includes NJ Ayuk, Chairman of the African Energy Chamber and René Awambeng of the African Export-Import Bank; The webinar will be held on 23 September at 15h30 CET. To attend, please register here .

With German visibility and participation on the rise in Africa’s energy industry, the Germany Africa Business Forum (GABF) will host its second instalment of its Germany-Africa cooperation focused webinar series.

Germany, through the G20 Compact with Africa initiative, has pledged to increase investment for private sector engagement in Africa in industries such as finance and capital investment, infrastructure, power and energy, agriculture, consumer goods, health care, and information communication technology.

“From Senegal to Kenya and from South Africa to Egypt, African countries have astounding and untapped world-class opportunities for German Public and Private Companies. Our German business and political leaders must work with their African counterparts to urgently capitalize on these prospects, especially in a post Covid environment. This would create jobs and improve lives on both sides.” stated Sebastian Wagner, Executive Chair of the GABF.

The webinar will be moderated by Eleni Giokos, CNN Africa Correspondent, who will facilitate the discussion on how German investments can sustainably strengthen the development of the African continent. Anchored in the topic Investment and Trade for Africa’s Economic Development, the webinar will highlight key efforts to mobilise German funding for African energy projects as a means to advance German-African cooperation. African Gas projects in Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, Equtorial Guinea, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Gabon, and Cameroon could see a spike in German interest.

“With H.E. Nooke, Mr Awambeng and Mr Ayuk joining this conversation, we hope to foster stronger ties between Germany and Africa that will drive greater economic growth and bring profit to both places”. concluded Wagner

H.E. Günter Nooke, Africa Envoy to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, will spearhead the webinar with a headline keynote speech. Joining the panel discussion will be NJ Ayuk, Chairman of the African Energy Chamber and Rene Awambeng, Global Head Client Relationship at the African Export-Import Bank.

“We are proud of the work done by the Germany Africa Business Forum to create opportunities for Germans and Africans alike, especially at a time when we must move our relationship with Germany from a relationship based on aid to one based on trade.” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber “We will continue to support partnerships and initiatives that deepen our ties through commerce and investment between Germany and Africa, especially in a Post Covid era”. concluded Ayuk

The webinar will be held on 23 September at 15h30 CET. To attend, please register: https://bit.ly/3mEjg5J

About the Germany Africa Business Forum:
The Germany Africa Business Forum (GABF) is a private think tank with the mission to strengthen investment relations between Germany and Africa. As a “Private for Privates”, GABF supports German investors in viewing the African continent as a profitable and important investment destination.

*African Energy Chamber

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African Energy Chamber to Outline Post-COVID-19 African Energy Roadmap in New Book
September 19, 2020 | 0 Comments
The book will contain data, insight, analysis and interviews, and will assess risks, opportunities and what is ahead for the African energy sector.

The African Energy Chamber will launch the book “African Energy Road to Recovery: How the African energy industry can reshape itself for a post-COVID comeback” in December; The book will contain data, insight, analysis and interviews, and will assess risks, opportunities and what is ahead for the African energy sector; Leading voices in African energy and global oil markets will create a valuable resource for the continent’s post-COVID-19 rebound.

The African Energy Chamber  is pleased to announce the launch of a pivotal publication – “African Energy Road to Recovery: How the African energy industry can reshape itself for a post-COVID comeback”’ – in December 2020. This important work will unpack how Africa’s energy industry can overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the entire energy value chain.

Produced by Africa Oil & Power  – the African continent’s leading investment platform for the energy sector – the book will highlight crucial aspects of Africa’s post COVID-19 energy industry recovery by harnessing the knowledge and expertise of the African Energy Chamber’s Advisory Board.

Made up of 35 seasoned energy professionals, the Advisory Board will be central to the Chamber’s policy advocacy and advisory efforts across the continent to provide an enabling business environment for investors and entrepreneurs.

The inaugural Advisory Board book will include interviews, moderated discussions, articles, resources, opinion pieces, round table discussions and vital data for moving beyond the pandemic. It will also provide a clear picture of how the African energy industry can not only recover, but make a strong comeback, offering a roadmap to create a strong and sustainable context within which energy companies can thrive.

“The onslaught of COVID-19 has impacted every country and every sector around the globe – the energy sector has not been spared. Moving forward, it is critical that the African Energy sector unites around a shared strategy and on a unified path toward recovery post-COVID-19,” says NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber.

The publication will further emphasise how to create a competitive environment that will attract investment, pinpoint how African countries can tackle the energy transition while also addressing issues of energy poverty across the continent. Through its incisive content, readers will better understand the range of recovery strategies which can be applied to Africa’s energy sector value chain, from upstream oil and gas to the renewable energy transition, while key insights from industry leaders will provide a framework for moving forward.

“At the African Energy Chamber, we know the African energy sector can make an incredible rebound and that the opportunities for investment and growth will be exponential, but the energy industry must first be reshaped for a post-COVID-19 comeback — to be ready to spring into action once a recovery is possible,” Ayuk adds. 

Be Part of Africa’s Energy Revolution:
To advertise or be featured in the African Energy Chamber’s “African Energy Road to Recovery,” out in December 2020, contact sales@africaoilandpower.com.

About the African Energy Chamber:
The African Energy Chamber is the voice of the African energy industry, representing all facets of the African oil and gas sector. The Chamber was created out of a need to ensure a strong, united voice advocating for the African continent on the global energy stage. It is now the leading chamber of successful networks, transactions and partnerships at the helm of Africa’s growing energy industries. The Chamber’s work funnels into four key pillars: advocacy and campaigning; community building and networking; capacity building; and investment outreach. The African Energy Chamber’s passion and core tenets are that of creating jobs, free market policies and limited government, because we know that is the recipe for prosperity.
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Bollore Transport & Logistics appoints Cameroonian, Pierre Ngon to head operations in Benin and Niger
September 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

Pierre Ngon
Pierre Ngon

Cameroon-born, Pierre Ngon has been appointed managing director of the Benin/Niger cluster of Bollore Transport & Logistics. With little over 20-year of service with Bolloré Transport & Logistics subsidiaries across Africa, Pierre’s promotion come as surprise to few who describe him as hardworking and a well-grounded expert in logistics.

At 47, Pierre Ngon who holds a Master’s in Management Sciences with major in Finance and Accounting from the University of Douala, possesses in-depth knowledge of the African continent and has developed robust managerial skills over his career.

On his promotion he is quoted to have said he was satisfied and grateful to the management of the company following his appointment declaring his readiness to work hard for the growth and development of the company.

“It is a great pride for me to join the cluster teams. The employees are passionate and the challenges for our company are great. Together, we will continue to develop activities, offer our customers competitive solutions, and participate in the socio-economic growth of these two magnificent countries…,” he noted. Ngon is an expert in transport and logistics. He holds a master’s degree in management science option finance & accounting obtained from the University of Douala.

With over two-decade career in the company, Ngon is no stranger to the work that awaits him. As part of his new responsibilities, Ngon is charged with overseeing the development of logistics activities in Benin and Niger, harnessing his knowledge of the market and addressing the needs of import and export customers while developing an innovative and agile solutions adapted to the needs of local and international customers.

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Chancellor Merkel’s Africa Envoy, H.E. Günter Nooke, leads discussion on German investments in Africa
September 15, 2020 | 0 Comments
The discussion will be centred on the topic: Investment and Trade for Africa’s Economic Development.
The webinar will be moderated by Sebastian Wagner, Executive Chair of the Germany Africa Business Forum and Gugu Mfuphi, Presenter of Kaya FM’s prime time business show, Kaya Bizz; the discussion will be centred on the topic: Investment and Trade for Africa’s Economic Development; panelists include NJ Ayuk, Chairman of the African Energy Chamber and Rene Awambeng of the African Export-Import Bank; the webinar will be held on 23 September at 3PM CET. To attend, please register here.

With German visibility and participation on the rise in Africa’s energy industry, the Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF) will host its second instalment of its Germany-Africa cooperation focused webinar series.

The webinar will facilitate the discussion on how FDI can sustainably strengthen the development of the African continent on September 23rd at 15:00 CET. Anchored by the topic Investment and Trade for Africa’s Economic Development, the webinar will highlight key efforts to mobilise German funding for African energy markets as a means to advance the German-African cooperation which can already be seen in Equatorial Guinea, Angola, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Congo DRC,  Senegal and recently, through the expression of interest by German investors in the DRC’s Inga III Dam.

The webinar, moderated by Sebastian Wagner, Executive Chair of the GABF and Gugu Mfuphi, Presenter of Kaya FM’s prime time business show, Kaya Bizz, will be opened by H.E. Günter Nooke, personal Africa representative of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“We are honoured to announce that H.E. Günter Nooke will spearhead our webinar. With his vast and unmatched knowledge in both the German and African markets, he will be able to bring many interesting aspects of the discussion,” said Sebastian Wagner.

Joining the panel discussion will be NJ Ayuk, Chairman of the African Energy Chamber and Rene Awambeng, Vice President at the African Export-Import Bank.  “With their expertise in the African finance and energy sector, we look forward to a high-ranking and diverse panel. Especially the energy sector is an important cornerstone of any African economy, and we are looking forward to the outcome of the discussion,” said Mr. Wagner.

German interest in Africa as an investment destination has continued to grow and we hope to see a more diversified investment beyond energy and sales of German products to Africa. Africa is and will continue to be an investment market with the potential for significant growth post Covid and superior returns.

While South Africa and Egypt have seen a huge part of German investment, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Congo DRC and Zambia are considered hotspots for potential investors from Germany.  Projects in the financial services, climate change, energy poverty, health care, energy transition, manufacturing, retail and consumer goods have seen a huge increase. 

This event is in collaboration with the Africa Energy Chamber and Africa Oil and Power

The webinar will be held on 23 September at 3PM CET. To attend, please register here https://bit.ly/2ZAFbAU

*Source African Energy Chamber
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Hewlett Packard East Africa Ltd quits Kenyan market, many rendered jobless
September 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma


Hewlett Packard East Africa Limited has halted its operations in Kenya and the entire East Africa region.

The company said its decision to close its businesses in the region was arrived at during the annual general meeting that took place in early September.

There are claims that a hostile business environment and counterfeit products are the reasons that drove the company out of the East African market with toner cartridges being among the most counterfeit products.

Another reason is stiff competition from Chinese companies manufacturing cheap products.

Reports indicate that George Weru and Muniu Thoiti of P.O. Box 43963 – 00100 Nairobi had been appointed as joint liquidators.

“Creditors of the company are required on or before October 9, 2020, to send full particulars of all the claims they may have against the company to the undersigned, the joint liquidators, personally or by his advocates, to come in and prove their debts or claims … or in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proven,” said the notice.

Mr. George Weru of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Business Recovery Services Partner dismissed claims that the company exited by debt distress and an unfriendly business environment.

“HP East Africa is a dormant subsidiary of HP and is being liquidated as part of internal re-organization,” he told The Standard, local publisher.

*Story has been updated

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Kenya:Lipa na M-Pesa grows during covid-19 pandemic
September 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

The number of customers using Lipa na M-Pesa services has risen from 1 million in January to 6 million today, announced the Safaricom.

Consequently, the number of businesses on Lipa  na M-Pesa platform has also crossed the 200,000 mark.

Lipa Na MPESA in Kenya is a service offered by Safaricom Company that allows businesspersons to receive payments for goods and services via Mpesa in Kenya. It enables customers to pay for goods and services without being charged the transaction fee.

“The mobile phone has today become the most preferred alternative to cash and its popularity only continues to grow. More than ever, an increasing number of businesses are discovering the numerous advantages of cashless payments resulting in high growth for Lipa Na M-Pesa,” said the telco’s CEO Peter Ndegwa.

The retail sector leads the number of businesses using the service followed by the hospitality industry, general trade, and distributions.

In June 2020, the mobile service provider launched Lipa na M-Pesa Business smartphone app to allow businesses to access real-time statements, export statements, and track their business performance on the go.

“At Safaricom, we are taking a focus on the needs of small and medium businesses to provide them with suitable technology solutions to help them grow. The M-PESA for Business smartphone App is one such solution. It empowers more than 170,000 businesses across the country to send money and make payments and provides them with simple and detailed reports from the convenience of the mobile phone,” said Peter Ndegwa.

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TEL-ONE Partners South African Company Car-Track, Launches Product to Monitor and Track Vehicles and Fleet Management
September 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Nevson Mpofu

Chipo Mtasa TEL-ONE Managing Director
Chipo Mtasa TEL-ONE Managing Director

Tel-One an International Communication Technology Company has launched in Harare at its Training Center an exciting first of its kind Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management Solution called Tel-Track.  This Chipo Mtasa TEL-ONE Managing Director says is a facility meant to focus on value -added Services.

”As Tel-ONE, we have moved from just being providers of voice and data services. We now take an active role in transforming our community through technology solutions in line with our vision of creating a digitally enabled society by 2030.

”A digitally enabled community does not only require access to connectivity, it also goes to digital products that make use of the wide broad-band network ”.

Taking a deep further presentation Tel-One explores that the system helps fleet owners and managers track the location of their vehicles, insight of their vehicles at given time and information about location of the vehicles. It works on drivers whereabout with vehicles, not only that it goes on to track and recover stolen vehicles. Ms. Mutasa adds that car theft is at 37% as of 2019, she notes the importance of the technology is vital and timely.

”The solution is suitable for commercial or individual vehicles for Government, corporates, Small to Medium Enterprises and personal uses. It is an issue of safety, security and comfort to those with their cars on the road. It means there are no foul plays along the way.’’

Accompanying the product is host of invaluable features and support services including a 24/7 in-house control room making use of our state-of-the-Art National Operations Centre recently launched as well. The system uses predictive analysis and intelligence loaded with statistics and reports key in ensuring vehicles are managed and monitored.

Car-Track is the partner and the original equipment manufacturer of the technology that is found in South- Africa. It is however World -Wide. The two companies are two key players adding value to Technology and making up a state-of-the-Art Economy with Global Standards. Tel-ONE Telematics is a new bundle under Tel-One that will work in partnership with Sanctuary Insurance Company. . Telematics Insurance is a type of car insurance that takes advantage of devices to define customized insurance cover and premiums.

‘’We are pleased to have partnership with Car-Track. It then means we are Global as a service provider that has grown so big in the Industry. We are pleased to announce that we got support from ZIMOCO. I am pleased to partner with the best in the Industry already.

Commenting on the same occasion giving a speech on behalf of Zimbabwe Government, Dr Muswere Minister of ICT , Postal and Courier Services said  the Ministry is tasked to  ensure Zimbabwe’s digital economy awakens and the nation is empowered to make data driven decisions . We have the mandate to digitize the economy. There are many projects being implemented.

‘’As Government we are running a number of digitized projects around the country. I am pleased to see the kind of a launch that makes us grow well in terms of our economy. The development is key priority under the Government’s Vision 2030.

‘’As Government let us improve efforts to improve efficiency under Ministry guidance ..Tel-one has partnered with CMED , Central Vehicle Mechanical Department  in providing the service for Government vehicles , he said . Already there are several players coming in , he said in conclusion . .

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Continental Reinsurance Plc pleased to announce 100% ownership of its Botswana subsidiary as it posts strong growth in H1 2020 results
September 11, 2020 | 0 Comments
Dr Femi Oyetunji

Lagos, All Africa, 10th September 2020:  Continental Reinsurance Plc is pleased to announce a change in the ownership structure of Continental Reinsurance Ltd (Botswana). After its recent acquisition of a minority 40% stake in the company, through its holding company, CRAFIL, from Botswana Insurance Company Ltd (BIC), Continental Reinsurance now holds 100% of the issued ordinary share capital in the subsidiary.

Group Managing Director, Dr Femi Oyetunji, commented: “The acquisition means not only growth in economic size, but also presents us with an opportunity to enhance our strategic influence and broaden our market appeal through the expansion of stakeholder segments that we actively interact with.”

“Building on our talent growth and diversity strategy, we have appointed Mr Francis Nzwili, previously with our Nairobi subsidiary, as Managing Director of the Botswana business. Francis comes on board with a wealth of experience in underwriting and business development that significantly complements the strength of the existing team.  The position of Managing Director was previously held by Mr Cas Hansa who has taken up new strategic responsibilities as Group Head: Underwriting and Claims,” he added.

The acquisition entrenches Continental Re’s stature as a strong pan-African reinsurance brand committed to delivering value to its customers and long-term sustainable profit growth and returns for all internal and external stakeholders.

As at half-year 2020, the Group has reported strong growth across all key metrics.  Gross premium income at N26.8 billion (USD 71.7 million) reflects a 27 per cent growth over 2019.  Underwriting profit at N2.7 billion (USD 6.9 million) grew by 442 per cent (2019:  N457 million /USD 1.3 million).

Investment and other income at N1.4 billion/USD 4.6 million (2019: N1.2 billion/USD 3.6 million) reflect a 30 per cent year on year growth. Profit before tax at 4.4 billion/USD 12.3million (2019:  N1.1 billion/USD 3.1million) represents a 300 per cent increase. 

“The strong contribution to the Group’s half-year results from our entire network with offices in Anglophone West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, CIMA and North Africa, is a testament to the resilience wrought by our operating model that is anchored on geographic diversity.  We shall continue to adapt and improve this model as we strive for superior efficiency,” said Dr Oyetunji.

“These results come as we brace for the impact of the Covid-19 crisis that continues to unfold. We remain cautiously optimistic regarding prospects for the year, overall, and, in conjunction with our partners, we look forward to better times ahead. We remain fully committed to playing our part in supporting our partners and the wider community through the pandemic, including prioritizing financial donations through industry bodies in our various jurisdictions for sustainable and equitable use for the benefit of local citizens.”

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US. United Airlines adds direct flights to Accra-Ghana, Lagos-Nigeria from Washington Dulles airport
September 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

United Airlines, the second biggest liner in the United Stats of America by route network with over 342 destinations has added some new international destination from its Washington Dulles hub in Washington DC.

The airliner currently seeking new destinations and means to expand its route will from Spring of 2021 operate nonstop flights from Dulles to both Accra, capital of Ghana, and Lagos, Nigeria. The flights to run three times weekly will be operated by its 787 Dreamliner.

Washington, D.C. area known commonly as DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia) according to United Airlines, has the second largest population of Ghanaians in the United States adding that Lagos is the largest Western African destination from the U.S.

The Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier will add three new destinations in Africa — Accra, Ghana (ACC); Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB); and Lagos, Nigeria (LOS) — amid a seven-route expansion that begins later this year and continues into 2021, United vice president of international network and alliances Patrick Quayle told TPG.

Before now, United Airline only operated direct flights to Cape Town, South Africa but will also be adding its route there to include Newark/New York and Johannesburg. United’s vice President of international network, Patrick Quayle, has confirmed that the “route has been such a success that it’ll return for the 2020-21 season as well, running from late 2020 through March 2021, with a possible launch as early as November.”

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Jobberman Launches Nigeria’s Largest Ever Virtual Career Fair
September 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Nigeria’s Leading Online Training and Job Placement Website

to Host 250 Employers and 10,000 Jobseekers Online on 30th September 2020

Hilda Kragha, MD ROAM Africa Jobs
Hilda Kragha, MD ROAM Africa Jobs

Lagos, Nigeria. 9 September 2020 Jobberman, the single largest online training and job placement website, in a press conference yesterday, announced its plans to host Nigeria’s largest ever Virtual Career Fair, which will take place on Wednesday September 30th 2020. As part of its #Champions campaign, 250 potential employers from various sectors including digital, agriculture and creative, and 10,000 highly qualified candidates will come together under one virtual roof for this landmark must-attend event. 

As unemployment and underemployment reaches an all time high in Nigeria at over 40% due to the pandemic, the search for jobs has become an overcrowded marketplace, with 18-35 year olds mostly impacted. The one day Virtual Career Fair will be centred on how to navigate the increasingly competitive job space and provide the necessary tools to get hired, with one-one interviews between candidates and employers and sessions such as CV Preparation masterclasses.

The online event is part of Jobberman’s mandate to use its soft skills training to place 3 million young Nigerians in dignified employment in the next 5 years. Jobberman is the only recruitment services platform in Nigeria that offers to train and place candidates in dignified employment. The ongoing online training program equips young people (18-35) with critical tools including business etiquette, emotional intelligence and more, to help them transition into their new roles and increase workplace productivity. The Virtual Career Fair is free to all candidates who have completed the online program and passed the end of course assessment test.

Companies mainly from agri-tech, digital and the creative sectors with operations in Lagos, Kano and Kaduna will be in attendance to showcase their brands and company cultures. Employers already listed on the Jobberman platform are able to sign-up for free for the groundbreaking event and are required to commit to hiring within three months of the fair.

According to Hilda Kragha, Managing Director of ROAM Africa Jobs, “The Virtual Career Fair perfectly encapsulates Jobberman’s commitment to alleviating the strains of unemployment and employability, by connecting thousands of qualified candidates to reputable employers, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As an innovative and technologically driven company, I am delighted that we were able to find a solution to this immediate and challenging issue, by creating this first ever virtual space of opportunity for both employer and candidate. We strongly encourage signing-up.”    

With over a decade in the recruitment business, Jobberman is using its platform and network  to create democtratic and transparent opportunities that eliminates nepotism, enabling a more productive workforce. 

Prospective employers and candidates can register to attend the Virtual Career Fair via www.jobberman.com/careerfair.

About Jobberman

Founded in 2009, Jobberman is an online platform that provides training and placement for jobseekers, as well as the best selection of candidates for companies hiring. It is the single largest job placement website in sub-Saharan Africa and has the vision to become the leading source of talent in every market it operates in by simplifying job searching and talent acquisition; matching the right set of skills with employers needs. For more information about the online placement platform visit www.jobberman.com   

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Namibia opens up borders for international tourists
September 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Andreas Thomas

Windhoek – To save its bleeding tourism economy, Namibia has opened up its borders to international tourists, after a decision to ease some of the Covid-19 restriction measures.

Under the revised International Tourism Revival Initiative, foreign nationals that want to vacation in Namibia are no longer required to be quarantined upon arrival.

Health authorities initially planned to place foreign tourists into a 14-day mandatory quarantine programme upon arrival through the Hosea Kutako International Airport.

Visitors from lower-risk countries were also required to present a valid Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departing to Namibia once the borders reopen under Stage 5 of the State of Emergency.

After protestation from the tourism sector, tourists will now proceed to their pre-booked destinations and engage in the planned tourist activities.

The Minister for Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta of the amendments to the implementation protocols for the international tourism revival initiative that came into effect on September 1, 2020.

“If the tourist intends to spend less than five days at the pre-booked facility, the tourist can proceed to the next destination. However, on day five, the tourist must be available for swabbing wherever they find themselves.

The tourist must be reachable on day seven to receive the results of the swabbing.

If the result is negative, the tourist is released from any surveillance. If the result is positive, the tourist will be taken to the isolation facilities identified by the ministry of health and social services and treated at their own cost and according to national case management guidelines,” Shifeta said.

The local tourism economy has been severely devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic and measures that were instituted by the government to contain the spread of the virus.

The industry has not seen any new bookings since March 2020 and has lost N$115, 7 million in bookings cancellations.

This had a direct negative cash flow impact on businesses, which resulted in further salary cuts and or retrenchments, Shifeta said.

“This has necessitated a rethink in our approach. The tourism sector is highly competitive and Namibia is competing to attract tourists with countries from all over the world. The fact that other countries in the region have opened up their borders with fewer restrictions has put Namibia at a disadvantage. However, there are still bookings in the system, as tourists hope for more appealing protocols and arrangements to be put in place,” he said.

Namibia has since reverted to Stage 3, after a surge in the Cocid-19 cases across the country. As of September 9, Namibia has recorded 9108 confirmed cased of coronavirus, with 93 fatalities.

The country’s main city, Windhoek, which is currently the epicentre for Covid-19 has been on lockdown with 8:00 p.m. to 05:00 a.m. daily curfew.

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