How mobility is transforming Nigeria’s business landscape

With sub-US$50 smartphones on the way, rapid improvements to telecom infrastructure, and the availability of affordable cloud applications, the mobile Internet is rapidly transforming the way that Nigeria does business.

It is empowering enterprises to be more flexible, responsive and efficient than ever before. That’s according to Magnus Nmonwu (https://twitter.com/mnmonwu), Regional Director for Sage West Africa (http://www.SageAfrica.com), who says that Nigeria is adopting the mobile Internet as quickly and enthusiastically as it did mobile voice services some years ago. “Mobility is the growth engine of the Nigerian economy,” he adds. “It is helping people to enhance their lives and to improve their standard of living, while enabling enterprises to transform how they operate.”

According to statistics from the Ericsson Mobility Report (http://www.Ericsson.com/mobility-report), total mobile subscription penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa is about 80% but will grow to 100% and 1 billion mobile subscriptions by 2021. Nigeria, as one of the largest mobile markets in Africa, is leading the trend based on these results. As one example of mobile’s impact on Nigeria’s economy, consider the fact that the Ministry of Science and Technology forecasts that the mobile market will be worth US$166 billion dollars in 2020 and directly employ about 2.7 million people.

New mobile behaviours

“Many of our customers and employees today walk around with smart devices that give them access to apps and information wherever they are,” says Nmonwu. “For example, Facebook’s statistics show that 7.1 million Nigerians access its platform every day. And 100% of its monthly users access Facebook on a mobile smart phone.”

Tapping into this behaviour gives organisations new ways to interact with employees, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders, he adds. This ranges from mobile marketing, advertising and e-commerce for consumers to mobilising business applications such as the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.

On the road again

Employees and managers are increasingly able to access information on the road to serve customers, speed up decision-making, and save time. A salesperson can now easily check from a tablet or smartphone whether a product is in stock while on-site with a customer, and place the order without going to the office. And managers can now use their time between meetings and at airports more productively.

Mobile technology is also helping HR departments to become more efficient and to build better relationships with employees. For example, companies can offer employee self-service (ESS) across mobile devices to streamline HR processes and engage with employees more effectively.

With mobile ESS, companies can enable employees to file leave applications, submit doctor’s notes when they’re ill, and make expense claims – all from their mobile devices. They can look up their payslips, change their personal details, and more, all without needing to do paperwork, visit or call the HR department.

The future is mobile and we are giving our customers the power to control their businesses from the palm of their hand,” says Nmonwu. “We connect our customers to accountants and partners with real time and intuitive information about their business.”

Productivity boom

Says Nmonwu: “In addition to the productivity boom, organisations need to adopt mobile business processes and apps to meet the expectations of employees and customers. Today’s consumer and employee wants to interact with companies using accessible, easy to use mobile services and apps.

“Enterprises thus need to start mobile security and device management, so that they can support mobile employees. Today’s consumer wants service on demand from a handset and today’s employee wants to be productive wherever he or she is, at anytime or in any location. With this, we expect to see a great deal of investment into mobile technology in West Africa over the next year or two.”

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President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud offers condolences to Turkeys President Erdoğan

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has offered his condolences to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after terror attack in Ankara that left at least 28 people dead and 61 injured.

“On behalf of the Somali Federal Republic, I convey my deepest personal sympathies for those killed and injured in this barbaric and heinous attack. The Somali people stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey in the fight against terrorism. We are committed to ensuring that our countries are free from extremists, their supporters and their activities,” said the President.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud added that the world must cooperate and become more organized in defeating the extremist groups, which commit hateful attacks against civilization and humanity.

“I fiercely condemn this deadly attack against innocent people. This was an attack on global peace and civilization. We stand together and mourn with our Turkish brothers. I believe the perpetrators will face the iron fist of the justice both here and in the world to come.”

The President wished a quick recovery for those wounded, and, for those who lost their lives, to rest in eternal peace, and for blessings on those families affected.

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U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec to Participate in the Launch of Pizza Hut in Kenya

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec will join the General Manager of Pizza Hut Africa for the launch of Pizza Hut in Kenya.

DETAILS:

DATE: Friday, February 19, 2016

TIME: 12:15 p.m.

VENUE: College House (University Way and Koinange Street)

BACKGROUND:

United States franchise Pizza Hut will host a grand opening at their first of two Pizza Hut locations in Nairobi.

The franchise will support U.S. investment in Kenya and highlight the winning economic benefits of American franchises in the country. The effort is led by local Kenya franchisee Feast Limited.

American franchises are increasing their presence in the Kenyan market. The U.S. Commercial Service office at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi provides assistance to U.S. companies, including franchises, wishing to enter the commercial markets in East Africa. The Commercial Service’s mission is to promote the export of goods and services from the United States.

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U.S. Ambassador, Kenyan, International Officials launch Two KSH 8.5 Billion Safe-Water Programs

U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec, Kenyan officials, and representatives of international donors and private corporations today launched two projects worth KShs 8.5 billion ($86.5) to make safe water available to 1.5 million Kenyans.

Funded by the American people through USAID, the $51 million Kenya Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) project will combine nutrition programming with improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene to Kenyans in Busia, Kakamega, Kisumu, Kitui, Makueni, Migori, Nairobi, Nyamira, and Siaya counties.

The Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (Kenya RAPID), will increase access to water and sanitation for people and livestock in Northern Kenya’s Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, and Wajir counties. Kenya RAPID is a $35.5 million joint investment of $12.5 million from USAID, $7.5 million from Swiss Development Corporation, $12.5 million from private-sector partners (including, among others, Aqua for All, the Coca Cola Africa Foundation, and SweetSense Inc.), and $3 million from the Millennium Water Authority (MWA) and its members. The MWA is non-profit coalition of U.S. charities working to bring clean, safe drinking water and sanitation to people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

“These projects will invest more than $85 million from the United States government, international donors and the private sector, reinforcing our commitment to partner with the Kenyan national and county governments to improve the health and wellbeing of their people,” Ambassador Godec said.

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U.S. Ambassador, Kenyan, International Officials launch Two KSH 8.5 Billion Safe-Water Programs

U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec, Kenyan officials, and representatives of international donors and private corporations today launched two projects worth KShs 8.5 billion ($86.5) to make safe water available to 1.5 million Kenyans.

Funded by the American people through USAID, the $51 million Kenya Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) project will combine nutrition programming with improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene to Kenyans in Busia, Kakamega, Kisumu, Kitui, Makueni, Migori, Nairobi, Nyamira, and Siaya counties.

The Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (Kenya RAPID), will increase access to water and sanitation for people and livestock in Northern Kenya’s Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, and Wajir counties. Kenya RAPID is a $35.5 million joint investment of $12.5 million from USAID, $7.5 million from Swiss Development Corporation, $12.5 million from private-sector partners (including, among others, Aqua for All, the Coca Cola Africa Foundation, and SweetSense Inc.), and $3 million from the Millennium Water Authority (MWA) and its members. The MWA is non-profit coalition of U.S. charities working to bring clean, safe drinking water and sanitation to people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

“These projects will invest more than $85 million from the United States government, international donors and the private sector, reinforcing our commitment to partner with the Kenyan national and county governments to improve the health and wellbeing of their people,” Ambassador Godec said.

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Ambassador Yang Youming Pays Chinese New Year Call on Zambia’s First Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda

On 12th February, H.E. Mr. Yang Youming, Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, together with his wife Mme. Geng Hailing, paid a call on Zambia’s founding President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda at his office, and extended him the Chinese New Year greetings.

Ambassador Yang conveyed to Dr. Kaunda the New Year’s wishes from Chinese leaders. He said that Dr. Kaunda is an old friend of the Chinese people, and extended to him sincere thanks for his friendship towards the Chinese people and important contribution to the development of China-Zambia relations.Ambassador Yang wished Dr. Kaunda and his family good health, happiness and well-being in the Chinese New Year of the Monkey.

Dr. Kaunda thanked Ambassador Yang and Mme. Geng for the visit, and said that the excellent performance at the 2016 Chinese Spring Festival Temple Fair in Zambia and its lively atmosphere left him a memorable impression. Dr. Kaunda expressed his thanks for the efforts made by the Chinese side in the promotion of China-Zambia relations and wished the China-Zambia traditional friendship would continue to move forward.

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BMCE Bank of Africa launches the second edition of the AEA (African Entrepreneurship Award) supporting innovative entrepreneurs in Africa

The BMCE Group Bank of Africa announces the second edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award (https://AfricanEntrepreneurshipAward.com) set to kick off on Monday, February 15.

The African Entrepreneurship Award, initiated by its President Othman Benjelloun, shows BMCE Bank of Africa’s ambition to foster entrepreneurship in Africa by rewarding talents and technology beyond borders.

The initiative aims to support entrepreneurs from Africa or of African origin and spur them to surpass themselves because they have talents and their ideas hold the promise of a better world. The African Entrepreneurship Award receives funding allocation amounting to $1 million every year to reward the best African entrepreneurs in three categories: Education, environment and untapped domains in Africa.

Building on the success of the first edition, which gathered more than 5,000 applications from 54 countries, the African Entrepreneurship Award launches the second edition and announces the opening of the application process which spans until Saturday, May 7.

This first step, which will allow gathering the most useful ideas for the region, will be followed by two more steps: Successful applicants will be asked to sell their projects with convincing presentations prior to the final selection which praises the most innovative and sustainable projects.

Project nomination is carried out with the assistance of the partners of African Entrepreneurship, including entrepreneurs, academics, leaders and mentors from across the globe; they will assist the candidates throughout the contest.

Through the second edition of AEA, BMCE Bank of Africa, with foothold in twenty countries in the continent, reasserts its social and responsible commitment to support young entrepreneurs in their pursuit to create jobs and make Africans’ lives better.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Entrepreneurship Award (AEA).

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BMCE Bank of Africa launches the second edition of the AEA (African Entrepreneurship Award) supporting innovative entrepreneurs in Africa

The BMCE Group Bank of Africa announces the second edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award (https://AfricanEntrepreneurshipAward.com) set to kick off on Monday, February 15.

The African Entrepreneurship Award, initiated by its President Othman Benjelloun, shows BMCE Bank of Africa’s ambition to foster entrepreneurship in Africa by rewarding talents and technology beyond borders.

The initiative aims to support entrepreneurs from Africa or of African origin and spur them to surpass themselves because they have talents and their ideas hold the promise of a better world. The African Entrepreneurship Award receives funding allocation amounting to $1 million every year to reward the best African entrepreneurs in three categories: Education, environment and untapped domains in Africa.

Building on the success of the first edition, which gathered more than 5,000 applications from 54 countries, the African Entrepreneurship Award launches the second edition and announces the opening of the application process which spans until Saturday, May 7.

This first step, which will allow gathering the most useful ideas for the region, will be followed by two more steps: Successful applicants will be asked to sell their projects with convincing presentations prior to the final selection which praises the most innovative and sustainable projects.

Project nomination is carried out with the assistance of the partners of African Entrepreneurship, including entrepreneurs, academics, leaders and mentors from across the globe; they will assist the candidates throughout the contest.

Through the second edition of AEA, BMCE Bank of Africa, with foothold in twenty countries in the continent, reasserts its social and responsible commitment to support young entrepreneurs in their pursuit to create jobs and make Africans’ lives better.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Entrepreneurship Award (AEA).

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Laila Ahlafi : laila@african-award.com
Mohamed El Aoufi: mohamed@african-award.com

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British High Commission welcomes back 2015 Chevening Scholars

On 22 February 2016, British High Commissioner to South Africa H.E Dame Judith Macgregor will host a welcome home event for 16 South African scholars who have successfully completed their Masters Degrees in the UK under the prestigious Chevening Scholarship programme.

The students undertook Masters level studies in areas including medicine, engineering, media studies and finance, at various universities in the UK from September 2014 -2015.

The number of scholarships provided to South Africans has increased over the years from 16 in 2014 to 40 in 2015These Chevening Scholars join a growing number of South Africans that have gained advanced skills training in the UK and returned to contribute to South Africa’s development in diverse sectors.

High Commissioner, Dame Judith Macgregor said:

“I am delighted to welcome back these16 scholars from South Africa who took the opportunity, worked hard and in a short span of time have returned to contribute to South Africa’s development. The Chevening Programme is a superb opportunity to help young South Africans develop skills and long-lasting friendships in the UK and then build upon these on their return to their homeland. I am confident that these young and upcoming leaders will seize the opportunity to partner with the UK as participants on this prestigious programme. We wish them well in their different sectors as we will continue to strengthen the relationships between the UK and South Africa”

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AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, H.E Dr Aisha Abdullahi, meets with Dr. Joan Clos, UN Secretary-General for Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

Ahead of the Habitat III Africa regional meeting scheduled for the end of this month, H.E. Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union (AU), on Friday 12 February 2016, received in audience H.E. Dr. Joan Clos, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to exchange views on the important event. The AU Commissioner for Political Affairs and the UN Official discussed the challenges and opportunities for African countries to manage urbanization and human settlements development among other related issues.

According to both personalities, Africa is the world’s least urbanized region, yet its urban growth and urbanization rates are among the highest in the world. Projections indicate that half of Africa’s population will reside in urban areas within the next 20 years.

In October, the United Nations will convene the Habitat III conference. Participants at the conference will discuss and formulate the New Urban Agenda, which will guide urban development and human settlements policy worldwide for the next 20 years.

Commissioner Abdullahi and Dr. Clos expressed their hope for a successful outcome to the Habitat III conference and the elaboration of policies that will harness the power of urbanization for growth and sustainable development. Both parties reaffirmed their mutual commitment to collaborate to find solutions for the challenges of urban development and human settlements in Africa and worldwide.

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AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, H.E Dr Aisha Abdullahi, meets with Dr. Joan Clos, UN Secretary-General for Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

Ahead of the Habitat III Africa regional meeting scheduled for the end of this month, H.E. Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union (AU), on Friday 12 February 2016, received in audience H.E. Dr. Joan Clos, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to exchange views on the important event. The AU Commissioner for Political Affairs and the UN Official discussed the challenges and opportunities for African countries to manage urbanization and human settlements development among other related issues.

According to both personalities, Africa is the world’s least urbanized region, yet its urban growth and urbanization rates are among the highest in the world. Projections indicate that half of Africa’s population will reside in urban areas within the next 20 years.

In October, the United Nations will convene the Habitat III conference. Participants at the conference will discuss and formulate the New Urban Agenda, which will guide urban development and human settlements policy worldwide for the next 20 years.

Commissioner Abdullahi and Dr. Clos expressed their hope for a successful outcome to the Habitat III conference and the elaboration of policies that will harness the power of urbanization for growth and sustainable development. Both parties reaffirmed their mutual commitment to collaborate to find solutions for the challenges of urban development and human settlements in Africa and worldwide.

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AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, H.E Dr Aisha Abdullahi, meets with Dr. Joan Clos, UN Secretary-General for Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

Ahead of the Habitat III Africa regional meeting scheduled for the end of this month, H.E. Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union (AU), on Friday 12 February 2016, received in audience H.E. Dr. Joan Clos, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to exchange views on the important event. The AU Commissioner for Political Affairs and the UN Official discussed the challenges and opportunities for African countries to manage urbanization and human settlements development among other related issues.

According to both personalities, Africa is the world’s least urbanized region, yet its urban growth and urbanization rates are among the highest in the world. Projections indicate that half of Africa’s population will reside in urban areas within the next 20 years.

In October, the United Nations will convene the Habitat III conference. Participants at the conference will discuss and formulate the New Urban Agenda, which will guide urban development and human settlements policy worldwide for the next 20 years.

Commissioner Abdullahi and Dr. Clos expressed their hope for a successful outcome to the Habitat III conference and the elaboration of policies that will harness the power of urbanization for growth and sustainable development. Both parties reaffirmed their mutual commitment to collaborate to find solutions for the challenges of urban development and human settlements in Africa and worldwide.

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