Jumia in 2014: 12 key figures about e-commerce in Côte d’Ivoire

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, January 23, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The year 2014 marked a particular point in the adventure of the No. 1 online retailer in Côte d’Ivoire, which started in June 2013. In 2014 Jumia (https://www.jumia.ci) has striven with passion and determination to shake consumers’ habits, and deliver happiness to Ivoirian households. We have selected 10 reasons for you to be “Jumiaddicted”.

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1. 30 seconds: it is the record time for validating an order on Jumia by the customer service.


2. 828 km: it is the distance that our logistics team had to travel to deliver a package in Tingréla at the border of Burkina-Faso.


3. 25 millions : t is the number of page views on www.jumia.ci in 2014 ; namely more than the total of the Ivorian population


4. 17 minutes: it is the record time to deliver the fastest order!


5. Black, White, Blue: the flag of Estonia? Yes, but these were also the most sold colors on Jumia’s website in 2014.


6. 60: it is the number of micro-waves sold in one hour on Jumia; thus one micro-wave per minute.


7. 11527 km: it is the distances travelled by Mikael Kors bags, Ralph Lauren polo shirts, and Calvin Klein shirts between Las Vegas and Abidjan.


8. 50%: it is the promotion of female employees occupying managerial positions at Jumia, thus a perfect parity (middle and top management).


9. 250: it is the number of persons passionate about entrepreneurship and e-commerce that have joined Jumia in 2014!


10. The total height of Jumia orders received in 2014 is 25,000 times higher than the peak of Yamoussoukro Basilica at 158m (the highest Christian monument in the World)!


11. 3 years old: it is the age of our youngest client on Jumia having ordered toys (with parental help).


12. 1801: it is the number of Ivoirian children that Jumia provided with happiness in 2014 throughout social initiatives for the start of the school year and Christmas festivities.


And more:


1. More than 80.000 orders were delivered in Côte d’Ivoire, with 80% orders delivered in less than 48 hours in Abidjan. The fastest delivery was done in 17 minutes, and the farthest one was in Tengréla, 828 km away from the economical capital Abidjan.


2. Jumia sold 205 bags & accessories in January 2014, and 506 products by day on average in December 2014. At this pace, we might consider selling Peugeot cars on Jumia Côte d’Ivoire.


3. Regarding fashion sales, we encountered an annual average growth rate of 10%, which is presumably better than the average growth rate of Chinese economy, reaching 8%.


4. 8 fashion products are sold per hour on average. This is more than the number of sandwiches served on average at Mc Donald’s cash in France every hour.


5. The most sold colours on Jumia remind of the Estonian flag: black, white and blue.


6. Jumia made history when launching Black Friday in Africa!


7. In December 2014, 60 microwaves were sold in 60 minutes.


8. The shooting of a product takes 5 minutes on average, something photo booths can blush about.


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JUMIA (https://www.jumia.ci) is Africa’s leading online shopping destination. Customers across the continent can shop amongst the widest assortment of high quality products at affordable prices – offering everything from fashion, consumer electronics, home appliances to beauty products. Jumia was the first African company to win an award at the World Retail Awards 2013 in Paris as the “Best New Retail Launch” of the year.

Source:: Jumia in 2014: 12 key figures about e-commerce in Côte d’Ivoire

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PARIS, France, January 23, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A hospital operated by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was directly targeted in an aerial bombing by the Sudanese Air Force (SAF) in the South Kordofan region of Sudan on January 20, forcing the suspension of medical activities. One MSF staff and one patient were injured and the property suffered damaged.


“We condemn in the strongest terms the bombing of the Frandala hospital”, said Marc Van der Mullen, MSF head of mission. “With more than 100 patients present, we were very lucky not to have more casualties because people simply had no time to seek protection. Everyone is shocked and frightened of further attacks”.


Approximately 150 patients and staff were in the hospital during midday operations when a SAF fighter jet dropped a cluster of 13 bombs of which two landed inside the hospital compound and the others just outside the hospital fence.


The hospital is located in the Nuba Mountains village of Frandala in the South Kordofan region of Sudan. Repeated and targeted bombings in the region prevent the safe operation of medical activities, depriving the local population of life saving care.


“There can be no doubt that this was a deliberate and targeted bombing on a civilian hospital structure and part of a strategy to terrorize the community,”said Van der Mullen. “MSF calls on Khartoum again to respect the assistance we brought to the population. Despite the setback of today, we will try to find a way to continue to provide care to the population caught in his largely undocumented war”.


This attack is part of an indiscriminate bombing campaign occurring regularly in South Kordofan in the war between Khartoum Authorities and rebels groups in the Nuba Mountains. The population suffers regularly from bombing raids and health facilities are not escaping to be targeted.


The Frandala hospital was previously bombed in June, 2014. That attack took place despite the fact that Khartoum authorities were aware of MSF presence and activities in the hospital. Several patients were injured and one killed, and the hospital suffered significant damage. At that time MSF publicly condemned the attack and demanded respect of the medical facilities.


MSF is one of the few healthcare providers in South Kordofan. The MSF facility in Frandala, featuring outpatient and inpatient wards, began operating in 2012. Nearly 80,000 consultations have been performed, along with close to 4,000 hospitalizations.


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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

NEW YORK, January 23, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General is concerned about the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including in Kinshasa and other cities following the adoption of a draft electoral law by the National Assembly, currently under further review in the Senate.

He deplores the loss of lives and injuries caused so far and calls on the national security forces and demonstrators to refrain from further violence and exercise maximum restraint.


The Secretary-General underscores the Government’s responsibility to provide political space for the peaceful expression of opinions. Demonstrations should be conducted in a peaceful manner. While violence is not acceptable, the response to violent protests must also be proportionate.


The Secretary-General calls on all key stakeholders to resume political dialogue and ensure that elections-related matters are discussed in an inclusive and peaceful fashion in the appropriate fora.

The Secretary-General reaffirms the readiness of his Special Representative to use his good offices to help narrow the gap between the main actors involved.


The Secretary-General reiterates the need for a credible, peaceful, and timely electoral process, in accordance with the Constitution.

Source:: Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Joint statement by the UN, IGAD, EU, AMISOM US and UK Envoys to Somalia / International partners express concerns over political delays in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 23, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), African Union Mission in Somalia, the United States and United Kingdom have expressed concerns over delays in the implementation of Vision 2016 due to the prolonged political crisis. At a meeting on 21 January with HE President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and HE Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, they urged Somalia’s leadership and its political institutions to ensure the appointment of a Cabinet that receives the consent of the Federal Parliament without any further delays.

“We call on the President, Prime Minister and the Federal Parliament to unite for the greater good of the country and to move swiftly towards the implementation of Vision 2016 through a new Cabinet endorsed by Parliament. Further delays could jeopardise the progress Somalia has made towards building peace and security. September 2016 remains the constitutional deadline for conducting free and fair elections. All Somali institutions must focus on building consensus and act in the national interest.”

Source:: Joint statement by the UN, IGAD, EU, AMISOM US and UK Envoys to Somalia / International partners express concerns over political delays in Somalia

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Drought Triggers Arc Insurance Payout in Sahel Ahead of Humanitarian Aid



JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, January 23, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — ARC Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd) will pay US $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries in the Sahel this month. Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, which paid a combined premium of US $8 million, will use the payout to mobilize early interventions in response to drought based on pre-approved contingency plans.


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The catastrophe insurance model is tailored to African climate issues, developed by the African Risk Capacity (ARC) (http://www.africanriskcapacity.org), a Specialized Agency of the African Union, and its affiliated mutual insurance company, ARC Ltd. The inaugural pool was set up in 2014 to help Member States build resilience to extreme weather events and protect food insecure populations. Coverage for tropical cyclones and floods will be available in 2016.

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“This African-owned approach is addressing specific country-level climate change concerns, decreasing reliance on external aid, and promoting a sustainable solution to one of our continent’s biggest challenges,” said Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Chair of ARC’s Governing Board.


By purchasing parametric drought insurance policies last year, Kenya, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal became the first African countries to embrace this new model of innovative funding, taking a major step in transforming the disaster response paradigm on the continent


Robert Piper, the UN regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel, acknowledged, “These first payouts by ARC represent a milestone in government leadership and financial innovation for emergency response across the Sahel. ARC’s information and action is spearheading what will be a substantial global emergency response over the coming months to mitigate what could otherwise become a major food security crisis.”


“For African governments, extreme weather events require significant response capacities and are often associated with large fiscal costs. With the payment of US $16.5 million coming into the Treasury, we are fully convinced that it is possible to move from managing crises to managing risks,” said Amadou Ba, Minister of Economy and Finance for Senegal.


Payouts are made based on calculations using ARC’s in-house drought monitoring and loss calculation software, Africa RiskView. ARC and its Member States work in partnership to develop country-level contingency plans based on existing and scalable government programs. Prior to payouts being made, governments must submit a Final Implementation Plan, which is certified by the ARC Governing Board’s Peer Review Mechanism.


Dr. Richard Wilcox, Founding Director General of ARC Agency noted, “This is a transformative moment in African food security demonstrating the potential for cost effective disaster financing. ARC has the potential to transform disaster risk management on the continent. With the ability to scale to a multi-billion dollar portfolio, ARC could offer coverage to 20 plus countries by 2020.”


ARC Ltd. was capitalized through financing of US $200 million by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Germany’s KfW development bank on behalf of BMZ, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Additional partners include the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rockefeller Foundation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA), and the World Food Programme (WFP).


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Catherine Robar, +251 (0)911 50 22 67, catherine.robar@africanriskcapacity.org


About African Risk Capacity Agency

The African Risk Capacity (ARC) (http://www.africanriskcapacity.org) was established as a Specialized Agency of the African Union to help AU Member States improve their capacities to better plan, prepare and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters. The objective of the ARC is to assist AU Member States to reduce the risk of loss and damage caused by extreme weather events and natural disasters affecting Africa’s populations by providing targeted responses to disasters in a more timely, cost-effective, objective and transparent manner. For more information, please contact: www.africanriskcapacity.org


About African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited

ARC Ltd was formed in late 2013 as the financial affiliate of ARC Agency, registered in Bermuda as a hybrid mutual insurer. ARC Ltd sells parametric insurance products to eligible ARC Agency Member States and pools the risk across the African continent to bring a sustainable risk financing solution at the lowest possible cost. http://www.africanriskcapacity.com/

Source:: Drought Triggers Arc Insurance Payout in Sahel Ahead of Humanitarian Aid

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New UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia arrives in Mogadishu to support peace and state-building

MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 22, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The new Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG), Mr. Raisedon Zenenga, arrived in Mogadishu today to assume his duties with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).


“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to return to Somalia and support the aspirations of the people of Somalia for a peaceful, stable and prosperous future. The challenges are tremendous, but we must work together to push forward the progress that the Somali people want to see.

“Over the coming days I look forward to meeting with officials from the Federal Government and Parliament, AMISOM and IGAD, and the many other partners working together towards peace and state-building in Somalia.” said DSRSG Zenenga.

As part of UNSOM’s mandate, Mr. Zenenga will work in support of Somalia’s political priorities, human rights, rule of law and security institutions. Mr. Zenenga has substantial expertise in political processes and mediation; proven skills in managing peacekeeping operations; and significant experience working with governments and other key stakeholders in conflict and post-conflict settings. He has spent over 30 years working with the United Nations, governments and the diplomatic service. He spent 21 of those years working with the UN in Liberia, Iraq-Kuwait, Sierra Leone, Somalia and at UN Headquarters.


Mr. Zenenga succeeds Ms. Fatiha Serour of Algeria who completed her assignment with UNSOM in November 2014. He was appointed by the UN Secretary-General in December 2014. Prior to that he had served as the Deputy Special Representative (Political) with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Source:: New UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia arrives in Mogadishu to support peace and state-building

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