DHL partners with Angola’s cargo carrier Unicargas to boost trade

ANGOLA – DHL Global Forwarding (DHL) has teamed up with Angolan cargo carrier, Unicargas to promote the export of locally-produced goods to Europe and the US. “Partnerships like this play a vital role in promoting economic growth, which are largely fueled by a vibrant pool of local enterprises ready to extend their reach. At DHL, we remain committed to enable the continent’s development by empowering African businesses to enter new markets. Our partnership with Unicargas is the perfect example of our approach to think globally and act locally, where strategic…

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Kenya Airways and advanced air mobility company Skyports partner to launch drone delivery service

KENYA – Kenya Airways PLC, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company, Skyports to collaborate on launching permanent unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations in Kenya.  The collaboration brings together Kenya Airways’ significant expertise in aviation services and Skyports’ drone delivery logistics service – Delivery by Skyports. The partnership aims to explore the commercial viability and impact of various medical, logistical and inspection use cases alongside Kenya’s leading public and private institutions in the next few months. The target for the launch of the first…

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Nedbank, Mastercard and Ukheshe partner to launch WhatsApp payments in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Nedbank, Mastercard and fintech firm Ukheshe, have joined hands to launch Money Message, a payment platform that lets small and micro businesses receive in-chat payments from their customers via WhatsApp. In a statement, the big-four bank says a first in South Africa, the solution will enable merchants to send an invoice requesting payment from any customer through WhatsApp and their customers, in turn, can quickly settle a payment directly from the platform, it added. “The need for a diverse range of contactless payment methods is more important today than we…

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AfCFTA, UNDP ink strategic partnership to promote trade in Africa

AFRICA – The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a strategic partnership to promote trade as a stimulus for Africa’s socioeconomic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, and as a driver of sustainable development particularly for women and youth in Africa, in line with the SDGs and Agenda 2063. The agreement was sealed by the AfCFTA secretary general Wamkele Mene, accompanied by ambassador Fatima Mohammed Kyari, permanent observer of the African Union to the United Nations, and by the UN assistant secretary-general…

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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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New hostel brand Student Factory enters Kenyan market

KENYA – Student Factory Africa, a consortium of architects, has partnered with a Dutch-based private equity firm EPC to launch student hostel project in Kenya worth US$50million to address the gap in the sector The project will be located in Karen, next to Catholic University of Africa in Nairobi. According to data from Kenya’s Ministry of Education, available student housing in Kenya stood at 300,000 compared to a university enrolment of 520,900 in 2019, excluding technical and vocational education and training colleges. “We are excited to partner with Kenya Conference…

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Architectural firm FBW and Fusion Capital partner to develop large-scale affordable housing strategy

KENYA – FBW Group, planning, design, architecture, and engineering team, is partnering with Fusion Capital, a real estate developer, to create a low-cost, affordable housing strategy in Kenya. FBW has been appointed as consultant to help develop the plan. The group, which is celebrating 25 years in East Africa, has a strong track record in the planning, design, and delivery of volume housing projects. Fusion Capital is a private firm which started operations in 2006 and has grown to be one of the largest and most successful real estate developers…

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AFR-IX telecom in pact with Asteroid Mombasa IXP to boost connectivity in Africa

KENYA – Global broadband connectivity provider AFR-IX telecom has signed a peering deal with Asteroid Mombasa IXP to boost its network in Africa. Asteroid Mombasa IXP is a major gateway for submarine fibre optic cables and is on the verge of becoming one of the main hubs for Internet traffic in East Africa. “Today, we have added Mombasa-based Asteroid IXP to our already growing peering community across the continent as part of our extensive resilient and robust African network coverage, we can provide a global ICT offering, focusing on the…

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Fintech Ukheshe, Infobip partner to create South Africa’s first WhatsApp payment gateway

SOUTH AFRICA – Transaction platform Ukheshe, in collaboration with a global cloud communications platform Infobip, has developed a WhatsApp payment gateway for use by Telkom South Africa customers. The companies say in addition to being South Africa’s first digital wallet platform, the solution is the first WhatsApp channel to enable payments using QR codes. In a statement, Ukheshe says the solution allows Telkom customers to send money quickly and securely to anyone with a mobile number, with no need for another app or additional software. The digital wallet platform’s service offering will…

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