South African Business Delegation Arrives in Tunisia Ahead of the Trade And Investment Mission

The South African business delegation comprising of 22 companies from different sectors has arrived in Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia, to participate in the trade and investment mission. The mission is intended to strengthen the already existing cordial relations between South Africa and Tunisia.

Briefing the delegation before the business forum, the South African Ambassador in Tunisia, Mr. Harold Hoyana said Tunisia presented a lot of opportunities and South African businesses wanting to do business in that country needed to have a long-term strategy and patience.

Hoyana adds that the mission provides South African companies with a platform to introduce their products into the Tunisian market, as these markets will also serve as a gateway into the rest of the North African region.

He said that there is potential to increase SA exports of agriculture and agro-processed products, manufacturing and mining into the Tunisian market, including some services such as ICT, engineering services and contracting.

“Tunisia has positioned itself as one of the leading Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destinations in North Africa, and trade relations between South Africa and Tunisia have been growing from strength to strength. Cooperation on expanding trade and investment relations between South African companies and their Tunisian counterparts is a lucrative relationship needed to formalise working relations with local businesspeople,” said Hoyana.

He highlighted that main sectors attracting FDI are Information Technology and Telecoms, as well as manufacturing, infrastructure, agriculture and agro-processing, and mining sectors are the top areas for FDI in Tunisia.

Speaking at the same briefing was the Director for Export Promotion at the dti, Seema Sardha. Sardha said there is room for further improvement.

“We as government, have to create and ensure a business environment conducive for foreign direct investment, and also a market fit for export to penetrate and to occupy markets. This mission is a platform to increase knowledge, offer solutions and further explore investment and trade opportunities in the manufacturing sectors,” said Sardha.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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SSP celebrates 30 years in the African insurance market

SSP ( is delighted to be celebrating the 30-year anniversary of providing general insurance (short-term) software solutions to African customers. This makes SSP one of the longest-serving providers of general insurance technology solutions in the African market.

SSP’s head office in Johannesburg is complemented by a regional account management office in Kenya. Together the two offices employ 35 specialists, who are supported by over 850 staff across SSP globally.

Over the last three decades, there have been significant changes in the African technology landscape. SSP’s continued commitment to innovation and delivery has enabled it to keep pace with these changes to meet the evolving demands of its customers.

Indeed, SSP has been a life-long partner for a number of insurers. Over 20% of its African customers have been with SSP for more than 25 years, trusting the company to keep their software current throughout the technology changes.

While many customers are on their second generation of SSP software, Botswana Insurance Company (BIC) has adopted its third generation SSP solution. Having migrated from Insure/90 to S4i, BIC is now benefitting from SSP Pure Insurance, a flexible end-to-end core insurance system for all lines of business.

In addition to retaining existing customers, SSP is continuing to expand its African insurer customer base. New customers are attracted by the company’s extensive local knowledge and experience, as well as its proven ability to deliver technology on the continent. This year SSP will introduce more of its award-winning digital insurance components to the African market.

SSP’s customers play an important part in driving product and direction through running its African user group, which operates for the benefit of the users.

Leslie Muthen, Head of Business Operations and Finance, Africa at SSP says, “This is a significant milestone for SSP, and one I am delighted to have been part of for the last ten years. It means we truly have the required knowledge and experience of the African general insurance market to enable our customers to deliver on their growth and efficiency plans.”

Adrian Coupland, Customer and Marketing Managing Director at SSP adds, “SSP’s enduring commitment to both the African market and investment in our solutions means we can continue to offer insurers in the region the rich, broad functionality they need to remain competitive.”

“We have been a safe and trusted partner for the last 30 years, and will be for the next 30 years too.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of SSP.

Jacqui Rorke on with any queries or call +27 011 463-6372.

About SSP:
SSP is a global provider of technology systems and solutions across the entire insurance industry, using our expertise to enable our customers to transform their business and increase their profitability. SSP provides core technology solutions, distribution and trading capability, advanced analytics and solution delivery. We work with 8 of the top 10 UK insurers, 4 of the top 10 global insurers and over 40% of UK brokers. Our unique position in the market, including the largest market share of UK e-trading, enables us to provide leading data insight and unrivalled distribution. With over 30 years’ experience, our knowledge, talent and technology capabilities deliver innovative results that make us the partner of choice for our customers.

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Connecting African Women in Agriculture

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa are organizing a forum that will bring together African women involved in agriculture. The purpose of the forum is to cultivate a growing pool of African women leaders to share new and innovative technologies to improve agriculture. This event will help encourage greater awareness about the use of biotechnology to address food security challenges.
Judy Chambers, Ph.D., Director of the Program for Biosafety Systems at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Patricia Zambrano, IFPRI Senior Research Analyst; Ruth Mbabazi, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor at the Collage of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University (CANR-MSU) and Ethel Makila, Communications Officer at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub will be in attendance as speakers.
You are invited to attend the opening at:
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017at 9:00 am
Venue: Elilly International Hotel
Please RSVP to Zelalem Befekadu (091 1509 522) or Ali Suleiman (091 150 9510).

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Ecobank launches mVisa across 33 African Countries

Ecobank ( has partnered with Visa to launch Ecobank Scan+Pay with mVisa solutions to their consumers.

The strategic tie-up signals interoperability on a cross border level – and potentially huge gains – as it affords consumers with the ability to use their mobile phone to directly access the funds in their bank accounts to pay person-to-merchant (P2M) or person-to-person (P2P).

Ecobank Scan+Pay with mVisa delivers instant, secure cashless payment for goods and services by allowing customers to scan a QR code on a smartphone or enter a unique merchant identifying code into either a feature phone or smartphone. The payment goes straight from the consumer’s bank account into the merchant’s account and provides real-time notification to both parties. This serves to accelerate digital commerce and combat some of the challenges merchants have faced using traditional point of sale systems, including the cost of installation coupled with the requirement of electricity and internet connectivity.

Ecobank mVisa solutions also enable customers to send money instantly to any Visa cardholder worldwide. This is a major innovation that serves the need of Africans in the diaspora by enabling them to simply link their Visa card to the Ecobank unified mobile app to send money home to another Visa cardholder quickly and securely.

“We are fulfilling our commitment to give every African the right to participate effectively in the global economy at an affordable price and in a convenient manner. Ecobank Scan+Pay with mVisa helps merchants – particularly small and micro merchants – to grow their sales without the risks of carrying cash whilst also giving consumers the ability to pay for goods and services in a cashless manner from their phones. Consumers can also conduct person-to-person payments and instantly transfer money to their friends and family via their phones at very low cost,” said Ecobank Chief Executive Officer Ade Ayeyemi.

The partnership demonstrates both Ecobank and Visa’s continued commitment to provide financial services to the banked and unbanked in Africa by leveraging digital platforms to offer convenient and affordable payment mechanisms.

Andrew Torre, President for Visa Sub-Saharan Africa said, “We are glad to partner with Ecobank to bring mVisa into the market, a mobile payment solution with real benefits to drive digital transformation backed by advantages of Visa’s global network – security, reliability and global acceptance, allowing consumers to make payments both domestically and internationally.”

Patrick Akinwuntan, Ecobank Group Executive Consumer Banking, pointed out that the Ecobank mVisa solutions rollout significantly strengthens the banks person-to person payments capabilities. “Bringing this added functionality on our Ecobank mobile app connects families in Africa by delivering needed funds instantly anywhere, anytime. That’s real value to our customers,” he said.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ecobank.

Visa Media Contact:
Emily Kaiga
Sub-Saharan Africa Corporate Communications
T: +204285016
Mob: +254708516544

Ecobank Media Contact:
Mireille Bokpe-Anoumou
Group Communications
T: +228 22 21 03 03

About Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’ or ‘The Group’)
Incorporated in Lomé, Togo in 1988, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’) is the parent company of the leading independent pan-African banking group, Ecobank. It currently has a presence in 36 African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Group employs over 17,000 people in 40 different countries in over 1,200 branches and offices. Ecobank is a full-service bank providing wholesale, retail, investment and transaction banking services and products to governments, financial institutions, multinationals, international organizations, medium, small and micro businesses and individuals. Additional information on Ecobank can be found at

About Visa Inc.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.
For more information visit, and @VisaNews.

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