Law firm Al Tamimi & Company opens new office in Port Said Egypt

EGYPT – Al Tamimi & Company, a law firm in the Middle East and North Africa, has expanded its footprints with a new office in Port Said Egypt, one of the region’s leading transhipment hubs. Al Tamimi & Company will provide critical guidance to companies navigating complex cross-border transactions in the maritime, shipping and customs sectors. “We have ambitious plans for the future and continue to invest in the region. We see many opportunities, especially in the African continent, and expanding our service offering and building on our presence in…

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Lafarge Egypt launches cement with lower CO2 footprint and recycled content

EGYPT – Lafarge Egypt, a cement maker and a member of LafargeHolcim Group, has unveiled EcoLabel cement, a new product comply with the company’s green criteria, the first in Egypt. Solomon Baumgartner Aviles, CEO and Chairperson of Lafarge Egypt, said at a press that the new products comply with the company’s green criteria, including having a lower CO2 footprint and recycled content. “Our Hydrocem Plus EcoLabel and Hydrocem EcoLabel represent the industry’s broadest range of green cement for high-performing, sustainable and circular construction,” Aviles said. “With the rollout of this…

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UCB launches first ever visa card in Sudan as symbol of reintegration in global economy

SUDAN – United Capital Bank (UCB), one of the leading financial institutions in Sudan that offers a wide range of financial products and services to corporates, has launched the first ever visa card in the country. Sudanese Prime Minister, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, hailed the first Visa card issued in Sudan as a symbol of Sudan’s long-awaited reintegration in the global economy. The card issued by United Capital Bank (UCB), was presented to Hamdok by Yousif Ahmed El-Tinay, CEO and General Manager of UCB. Dr. Hamdok expressed his appreciation of the…

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Fintech company Xerde launches new innovative funding solution for business

NIGERIA – Xerde, a fintech company, has announced the launch of its new application, Tudo, an innovative funding solution for businesses. The new service provides social funding solutions that will drive innovation and encourage digital transformation by offering a range of accessible solutions to organisations in Africa. The app was developed following demands for funding of social welfare initiatives in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic that hindered many small and large businesses and charities from operating and resulted in millions losing their livelihoods. Xerde technology is a startup that launched…

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Security solutions provider Securex launches e-commerce portal, home security solution

KENYA – Security solutions provider Securex Agencies has launched a smart home security kit targeting domestic residences in Kenya.   Branded as the ‘Rafiki by Securex’ do-it-yourself (DIY) home security kit, the solution will help curb the increasing burglary incidences in domestic homes by providing surveillance, deterrence, self-monitoring, and response subscription, all via smartphone application.  The ‘Rafiki by Securex’ solution is designed to offer affordable security solutions to all those looking for an affordable, easy to manage security system which they can access at any time, from anywhere using their home…

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Retail giant Shoprite launches mobile network operator, K’nect Mobile

SOUTH AFRICA – Africa’s largest supermarket retailer Shoprite, has launched its own prepaid mobile network operator called K’nect Mobile, which is set to be implemented in April 2021. The move follows Pick n Pay’s launching of PnP Mobile via MTN’s network infrastructure in 2020, offering customers prepaid and SIM-based access to data and airtime. K’nect Mobile has partnered with digital enabler FREI One Digital and will use Cell C’s mobile infrastructure to offer airtime and data bundles at competitive rates to other networks. “Customers can connect to the prepaid cellular…

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Online auto marketplace Autocheck launches online truck loans marketplace

WEST AFRICA – Autocheck, an online auto marketplace, has launched a truck loans marketplace in Nigeria and Ghana, as it seeks to provide a structured market for truck loans and services. With hundreds of truck dealers across Nigeria and Ghana on its platform, the fleet ranges from Flatbeds, Semi-trailers, Tankers as well as Heavy, Garbage and Panel trucks. As part of the rollout, Autochek is partnering with key logistics stakeholders in Nigeria and Ghana, including Kobo360, to finance trucks for African e-logistics transporters and truck owners. This means that customers…

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SBI Motor Japan establishes its first office in Dar es Salaam

TANZANIA – BSMO Company Ltd and SBI Africa Company Ltd have established the SBI Motor Tanzania office in Dar es Salaam, making it their first office in Africa. The group has also partnered with Saint Parts Company LTD to provide a free repair service for cars purchased from the SBI Motor website. This new service, according to a press release on March 24, 2021, aims at providing support for customers who are now required to inspect their vehicles locally. The new development comes as a result of the recent change…

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Azuri Technologies, MultiChoice partner to launch DStv on PayGo solar TV in Kenya

KENYA – Azuri Technologies, the first company to launch a complete pay-as-you-go solar TV package in Kenya, and MultiChoice Kenya have announced a partnership to bring DStv content to off-grid households in Kenya. The partnership bundles Azuri’s recently announced TV400 product, the 32″ solar powered TV and household energy solution, with the DStv HD decoder to offer customers access to leading world class entertainment, local and international news, documentaries, and educational content. Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Azuri said, “We are delighted to partner with Multichoice to bring the world-leading DStv content to…

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John Deere expands its construction brand in Sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – Machinery manufacturer John Deere is expanding its construction line-up to eighteen countries across Southern and Eastern Africa, where Deere-branded construction products were previously unavailable. This expansion, which will include the availability of backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, motor graders, and crawler dozers, will be sold and supported by independent, newly appointed John Deere dealers to be announced. The countries impacted include South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and Sudan. “This expansion provides an opportunity for us to increase our global footprint in the…

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