Tigo Tanzania and Uber Partner to Offer Exciting New Offers to Customers in Dar es Salaam

Leading digital lifestyle company Tigo Tanzania (www.Tigo.co.tz) has entered into an exceptional partnership with technology company Uber (www.Uber.com). From today, all Tigo customers will use the Uber app for free. The first of its kind partnership will be beneficial to existing Uber riders and driver-partners and encourage more riders to use the Uber app.

“Tigo is a robust brand in the Tanzanian market and we have a vested stake in introducing more efficient ways for customers to engage with the world around them. Uber is a strong addition to the growing range of products and services that our customers can enjoy in their daily lives,” Tigo’s Managing Director, Mr. Simon Karikari said.

On his part Alfred Msemo, Country Manager at Uber said, “We are excited about our partnership with Tigo in Tanzania which will enable all riders and driver-partners who have Tigo lines to use the Uber app on their mobile phones free of charge with no data costs. Uber is a smartphone app that gets people from A to B at the push of a button. Uber’s mission and vision is to offer safe, reliable and affordable transportation to everyone, everywhere. This partnership will encourage thousands of residents in Dar es Salaam who are Tigo customers to use the Uber app to move around Dar es Salaam.’ Mr. Msemo, concluded.

The two companies will be working together on products and promotions that aim to add value both to the existing and potential clients. Tigo and Uber in Tanzania will soon announce more exciting offers to enable customers to interact with Uber in Dar es Salaam where Uber services are currently available.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Tigo.

For further information visit: www.Tigo.co.tz or contact:
Woinde Shisael – Corporate Communications Manager
Mobile: +255 713 123 431. Woinde.Shisael@Tigo.co.tz

Janet C. Kemboi – Uber Communications – East Africa
Tel: +254 726 390190 Email: JKemboi@Uber.com

About Tigo Tanzania
Tigo Tanzania (www.Tigo.co.tz) is Tanzania’s leading digital lifestyle telecommunications company. Tigo started its operations in Tanzania in 1995. Through its distinctive and diverse product portfolio in voice, SMS, high-speed internet and mobile financial services, Tigo has pioneered digital innovations such as the first Smartphone in Swahili, Free Facebook in Swahili, TigoPesa App, Tigo Mobile App as well as the first East African cross-border mobile money transfer with currency conversion.

For 3 consecutive years, Tigo has dominated market growth, becoming the second largest operator in Tanzania. With an aggressive expansion plan, Tigo launched 4G LTE network in Dar es Salaam and 22 cities around the country between 2015 and 2017. Tigo boasts a loyal 10 million registered subscribers, and directly and indirectly employs over 300,000 Tanzanians including, an extended network of customer service representatives, mobile money merchants, sales agents and distributors.

Tigo is the commercial brand of a Swedish company Millicom, a multinational firm championing digital lifestyle in 13 countries worldwide; with commercial operations in Africa and Latin America and corporate offices in Europe and the US.

Millicom’s footprint in Africa spans 25 years and our Swedish DNA means we are transparent, always act with integrity and abide to the highest ethical standards. Millicom has invested over US$1,690, million in Tigo Tanzania since 2007 and is listed on the Swedish Stock Exchange

For more information, visit: www.Tigo.co.tz

About Uber
Uber’s (www.Uber.com) mission is to bring reliable transportation to everywhere, for everyone. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? Seven years and more than five billion trips later, we’ve started tackling an even greater challenge: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars.
The Uber network is now available in over 616 cities in over 80 countries spanning 6 continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, or register for Uber at www.Uber.com/go. For questions visit www.Uber.com.

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GE & FieldCore successfully repower production at Metahara Sugar factory in Ethiopia

  • Combined teams of Power Services and FieldCore, the execution arm of Power Services, restarted the plant in only 20 days
  • Factory’s 5000 person workforce returned to production lines after a 7-month plant downtime
  • Successful execution solved sugar scarcity for Ethiopia’s more than 100million population

GE’s Power Services business (NYSE: GE) (www.GEPower.com/services) and FieldCore (www.FieldCore.com), GE’s customer-focused field services company, announced to have successfully restarted Metahara Sugar factory (https://goo.gl/e1WNSX) in Ethiopia, seven months after the plant was severely damaged by a major thunderstorm. The outage execution service of two steam turbines, which lasted 20 days, succeeded in bringing back 5000 person workforce and solving sugar scarcity for Ethiopia’s more than 100million population.

Metahara’s Deputy Factory Manager Mr. Fahmi Dawud said that the team providing solutions and getting the factory back up and running in a record 20 days was a miracle. “We had lost all hope that these extremely aged units, manufactured by Compagnie Electro Mecanique, in the fifties, would ever come online again due to the damage. Hotels and supermarkets had run out of sugar and it was a critical situation. We are indeed excited to hear the machines humming again.”

GE’s (www.GE.com) scope of work for this execution included provision of qualified personnel, inspection, servicing, testing and commissioning of the assets, safety and control devices, lube oil supply, speed reduction gear box, generators, control panels with AVRs as well as cold and hot recommissioning of the steam turbines.

“GE created a new industrial field services company – FieldCore – to bring together field expertise and more than 10,500 people from Granite Services and GE’s Power Services business into one field services company whose goal is world-class execution for our customers.” said Elisee Sezan, General manager, GE’s Power Services business for Sub-Saharan Africa. “We all experienced a great sense of accomplishment when the turbines were revived at startup. This project reflects the passion, the wealth of power generation experience and the world-class services capabilities that keeps GE and FieldCore competitive and consistent around the globe for customers” he added.

The Metahara Sugar Factory is in the Oromiya Regional State, about 200 kilometers from Addis Ababa and produces about 136,000 tons of sugar annually, representing an estimated 20% of Ethiopia’s sugar consumption.

Daniel Hailu, Executive Country Business Leader for GE Global Growth Organization, explained that sugar is a key commodity for Ethiopia, both for local consumption and export. He said: “It’s extremely important for the country’s foreign currency revenue stream. We are honored that we are able to support the country to remedy this situation and protect its revenue.”

GE works with the government, corporate customers and other stakeholders in Ethiopia to support economic growth through infrastructure development in the power, healthcare and transport sectors. In 2016, GE opened a 60-capacity permanent office in Addis Ababa, and now has over 40 employees – more than 90% of which are Ethiopians.

For more information about this story, including video from the experts on the ground, visit: www.FieldCore.com/Metahara-Sugar-Factory

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of GE.

For more information, contact:
Anne Ezeh
GE Power Communications
Sub-Saharan Africa
+234 7031779857

Laura Aresi
GE Power – Power Services
Global Media Relations Leader
+39 02 67335622

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) (www.GE.com) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.GE.com

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Pan African University 2018 Student Call Now Open: Join Africa’s Leaders in Water and Energy

The Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences including Climate Change (PAUWES) (http://PAUWES.univ-tlemcen.dz) in Algeria contributes to promoting higher education and applied research in the fields of water, energy and climate change – a key contribution to sustainable development in Africa. The admissions process for its Master programs in water and energy (both engineering and policy tracks) starting in September 2018 is now open. All AU citizens (including diaspora) are encouraged to apply, particularly women and candidates from Southern, Central, and Northern Africa.

Building a prosperous and stable Africa calls for a new generation of African leaders capable of and committed to facing the vast challenges of the continent. These challenges include water scarcity, renewable energy, and climate change. The Pan African University (PAU) (https://PAU-AU.net), a key initiative of the African Union Commission, is dedicated to this mission. The Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) is hosted by the University of Tlemcen in Algeria. Since its establishment in 2014, over 200 students from 31 countries across Africa have enrolled, and 73 students have been successfully graduated from its programs. “PAUWES is a prototype of the Africa of tomorrow, for which we are laying the foundations,” said Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, during his official visit to PAUWES on 11 March 2018. PAUWES benefits from the support of the Algerian government and the German Development Cooperation.

Today, PAUWES offers four distinct two-year Master programs. Students striving to be future engineers have the choice between the Master of Science (MSc) in Water Engineering and the MSc in Energy Engineering. Students interested in policy-making and governance can choose between the MSc in Water Policy and Energy Policy. The language of instruction is English, and students have the opportunity to study French at the onset of the program. PAUWES students come from all over Africa, which creates a unique possibility to study in a multicultural environment of highly motivated and engaged peers.

PAUWES strives to balance theory and practice through international internships, case studies, and field trips. To provide the students with specific technical skills in their field of interest, PAUWES offers electives (e.g. solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energies, water and sanitation, integrated water resource management, policy analysis or leadership). Graduates benefit from career pathways in public administration, policy-making, research, private enterprise, consulting and civil society. Access to the Institute’s international expert network, research partnerships, career-promotion programs and forthcoming entrepreneurship centre further boosts graduates’ profiles.

Under the framework of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, PAUWES places a special emphasis on recruiting and empowering female students. The Institute facilitates women-focused networking events and workshops. To further develop its vision of diversity, PAUWES also encourages applicants with disabilities and candidates from under-represented regions (Southern Africa, Central Africa, Northern Africa) to apply. All PAUWES students receive full scholarships (covering tuition and living expenses) following a competitive admission process.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Pan African University, the Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES).

More information
General media enquiries
Ms. Khadidja Bousmaha, Communication Officer
PAUWES c/o Abou Bekr Belkaid University of Tlemcen
B.P. 119, 13000 Tlemcen, Algeria
Email: KhadidjaBousmaha@Gmail.com, Phone +213 540 34 43 63

Admissions and financial aid
Email Contact.PAUWES@Gmail.com, Phone +213 43 41 04 35

Scholarship information: (https://goo.gl/GrMn9Y)

Interested students are invited to apply until 20 April 2018 under the following link: https://PAU-AU.net/apply

About Pan African University
In 2008, the African Union Commission (AUC) set up the Pan African University (PAU) (https://PAU-AU.net) to strengthen higher education and research in areas that pose particular challenges for Africa. PAU addresses five thematic areas: Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation; Life and Earth Sciences (including Health and Agriculture), Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences; Water and Energy Sciences including Climate Change (PAUWES); and Space Sciences. The thematic areas are assigned to five flagship institutes hosted by existing universities of excellence across Africa’s five geographic regions. For more information: https://PAU-AU.net

As an integral part of the Pan African University, the Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES) (http://PAUWES.univ-tlemcen.dz) in Tlemcen, Algeria, contributes to advancing higher education and applied research in the fields of water, energy and climate change – a key contribution to sustainable development in Africa. PAUWES, which is supported by the host country of Algeria and the German government, currently offers four Master programs in the fields of water and energy, covering both engineering and policy. For more information: http://PAUWES.univ-tlemcen.dz

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Bank of the Future forum comes to Abidjan: Thought leaders and product experts discuss digital transformation in the African banking sector

Temenos (SIX: TEMN) (www.Temenos.com), the software specialist for banking and finance, will welcome the leaders driving real change across the financial industry in Africa at the Bank of the Future forum in Abidjan. The event takes place at Sofitel Hotel Ivoire, Abidjan on the 20th of March 2018

Bank of the Future forum is a niche event focusing on software solutions for the digital future of financial services. It brings together representatives from across the industry including product experts and thought leaders from around the world.

Every bank and financial institution, of any size, anywhere in the world, exists in the midst of a digital revolution. Digitization is no longer a ‘nice to have’ and is instead the very essence of customer experience and therefore business health.

According to the McKinsey Global Banking report 2018, Africa’s retail banks have compelling reasons to embrace digital transformation. Firstly, the continent’s overall banking market is the second-fastest-growing and second most profitable of any global region. Nearly 300 million Africans are banked today, a number that could rise to 450 million in 5 years. Second, 40% of Africans prefer to use digital channels for transactions. African banking customers are among the most enthusiastic adopters of mobile and digital channels of any developing region. Third, a number of disruptive competitors, including numerous mobile money players and digital attackers such as Tyme Bank in South Africa or Alat in Nigeria, are emerging and posing a threat to revenue share. Finally, advances in technology are raising the bar—and the opportunity—for innovation; these include increased affordable computing power for processing big data; the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning; robotics lowering the cost of automation; and blockchain.[i]

“There are many ways and no shortage of opinions on how to become digital and the journey in many cases will be painful. Every executive must make major strategic choices, which will have implications on their business models and technology” said Ivan van Bladel, Director for French Speaking Africa at Temenos.

Van Bladel added that Bank of the Future forum Abidjan is an opportunity for those in the banking sector to begin the journey to digital transformation with a focus on:

  • Satisfying customers with consistent, personalized, instant and integrated experiences across all products, on all channels, anytime and anywhere;
  • Replacing a patchwork of legacy systems with end-to-end, fully integrated and open digital banking software;
  • Driving cost-efficiencies, error-reduction and increasing the speed to bring new products to market that are not only inevitable, but essential to their competitive edge;
  • Accelerating into an era of open banking where they can collaborate with an ecosystem of third parties to add more value to their customers’ lives.

[i] McKinsey&Company, Roaring to life: Growth and innovation in African retail banking (February 2018, P.36)

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About Temenos
Temenos Group AG (SIX: TEMN) (www.Temenos.com), headquartered in Geneva, is a market leading software provider, partnering with banks and other financial institutions to transform their businesses and stay ahead of a changing marketplace. Over 2,000 firms across the globe, including 41 of the top 50 banks, rely on Temenos to process the daily transactions of more than 500 million banking customers. Temenos customers are proven to be more profitable than their peers: over a seven-year period, they enjoyed on average a 31% higher return on assets, a 36% higher return on equity and an 8.6 percentage point lower cost/income ratio than banks running legacy applications.

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