Thursday, March 27, 2008
"...The Africa Enterprise Fund founded by Mo Ibrahim will seek out promising companies in financial services, consumer goods, energy and agricultural processing. The aim is to focus on established businesses that need cash and experienced management to grow, and the average investment is expected to be around $20m....",Economist.
Operating in an economic environment which has been reformed by an ongoing restructuring of the financial system on the one hand, and a promising business climate resulting from the liberalisation of the market sector on the other, the aim of the Douala Stock Exchange is:
- To enhance and diversify the availability of finance
- To facilitate privatisation programmes and the granting of credit
- To widen the range of investment possibilities available to the public and to institutional investors
- To ensure the transparency of economic and financial information.
The ambitions of the Douala Stock Exchange are in line with the general economic development of the country: steady growth of 4% in real terms of GNP for the past 5 years, consumer price inflation of around 2%, a reduction in the current account deficit and a reduction in external debt.
The d.light series is a revolutionary product line of affordable and energy-efficient power and light solutions. Using cutting-edge technology from Silicon Valley and unlike anything else currently on the market, the d.light series provides an economical and high quality replacement for kerosene lanterns, candles, and emergency lanterns.
We are able to customize our specifications to meet the needs of our distributors for high volume orders. Product color can also be customized.
Providing 10-20 times more light than a kerosene lantern.
Monday, March 24, 2008
BBC has an article on using human -power to power African schools.
Design student Daniel Sheridan has created a simple see-saw which generates enough electricity to light a classroom.
The device works by transferring the power, created by a child moving up and down on it, to an electricity storage unit via an underground cable.
E.services is a BPO provider in Accra, Ghana.
e.Services customer contact solutions feature:
- Process discipline
- Customer insight-driven
- Innovative technology
- Global alliance-based resources
- Multi-industry expertise
Started by GrameenPhone in Bangladesh -- a client of IFC, IFC is now working with MTN (also an IFC client) and other partners to replicate the Village Phone concept in several African countries, starting with Nigeria.
IFC also collaborated with the Grameen Foundation and other partners to create a Village Phone Replication Manual -- essentially a 'how-to' resource for setting up a Village Phone project.
Beyond providing much needed communication access, the Village Phone model goes a long way to empower the women operators, spur economic activities and promote entrepreneurialism.
This growth has fueled the need for badly needed management education and world class business schools. Africans values education and some are starting to realize the need to learn the global business language is crucial for Africa to move forward. I see many of the western business schools to engage in joint-ventures with Africa universities for this type of education.
Friday, March 21, 2008
With a long-standing relationship dating back to 1999, IFC has made a series of investments totaling US$417 million in Celtel operations in 14 countries of which, US$131 million in
syndications under the IFC B loan program.
IFC's support of Celtel in its development from a small start-up company into the large corporate entity it is today, is a reflection of IFC's commitment to a true partnership with its clients.
Uganda Management Institute (UMI) is the national centre for training, research and consultancy in the field of management and administration.
The Institute is located at plots 44-52 on the Kampala-Jinja Road about two miles from the centre of Kampala. The Institute began training operations in 1969 under the name Uganda Institute of Public Administration. The Institute is governed by a Council with a Chancellor as the titular head of the Institution. | read more »
Bidco Oil Refineries Ltd. was originally established as a manufacturing organization, committed to using the most efficient modern technologies to produce a superior range of products.
Over the years, Bidco successfully won over the market, becoming, the largest and fastest growing manufacturer of vegetable oils, fats, margarine, soaps and protein concentrates in East and Central Africa.
The market success of these products has led Bidco to look to the future and expand its horizons. As the company expands its network across Africa it has evolved into a Marketing Organization. Currently, Bidco market the largest and widest range of quality edible oil and hygiene products in East and Central Africa.
Bidco has a vision for the future. Producing high quality, popular products, we are now determined to become the Market Leader throughout Africa by 2030
eLearning Africa addresses the whole of Africa. A rotating event hosted by a different African government every year, it supports and reinforces the growing pan-African eLearning community. Through its Open Call for Papers, resulting in the engagement of a widely distributed international community of experts, industry partnerships, governments, initiatives on the ground, and the development partner community, a solid capacity-development framework has been established.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The Group’s interests are diverse, the most significant of which are the manufacture of fast-moving consumer goods such as sugar, flour, salt and spaghetti / macaroni. Additionally, the Group has made huge investments in the Nigerian cement industry ranging from import terminals with bagging plants, polypropylene sack factory, several greenfield projects and some rehabilitation projects at Benue Cement Company Plc.
TRANS-CENTURY is an investment group that pools resources and ideas and participates in existing and emerging opportunities. It exists to create wealth and boost value for its shareholders by the systematic application of sound investment principles.