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Slide of the month June – Steel consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa with growth of more than 7%

The slide of the month June shows a continuous growth of more than 7% in steel consumption in Africa. This offers great opportunities to steel trading companies, companies who supply equipment to steel companies and most importantly it shows the growth on infrastructure in Africa. The largest markets are South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya in Sub-Saharan Africa. africon GmbH has been working lately with focus on the steel industry and should you have questions on the markets in Africa please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

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Slide of the month April – Medical equipment market Africa

The African market for laboratory equipment has been playing a small role globally with only 2%. However, it is set for growth with more than 8% in 2015 and imports of more than $1,4bn. The greatest chances for companies supplying medical equipment are still in South Africa besides the north African countries. Also Nigeria is growing strongly with over 8,4% and imports of over 70m worth of medical equipment in 2015. It is estimated that Nigeria will be one of the key markets in future and we strongly recommend to have a closer look at Nigeria at the moment besides diffucult times.

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Marc Zander, CEO of africon speaks on Africa conference in Dortmund

More than 300 representatives from Germany and world wide attended the 4th Africa conference on “investment potential in Africa for German companies” in Dortmund. The conference brought together various speakers and company representatives from all over the world.

Marc Zander, CEO and Partner of africon GmbH has been invited as key note speaker and spoke on various topics being chances for German companies in Africa, the food value chains in Africa and most importantly on opportunities in more than 54 countries.

As a supporting paper for the conference africon was contracted to publish a German study on the chances of companies in Africa. The study can be downloaded here.

 

africon publishes study for 4th German-African economic forum in Dortmund

Spätestens seit der Jahrtausendwende befindet sich das Bild Afrikas, des vormaligen ‚Kontinents der Kriege und Katastrophen‘, in einem radikalen Wandel.

SAVE FOOD initiative

Kenyan Farmers Fight Food Loss By Drying, Selling Mangoes.

What do you get when you mix Kenyan mango farmers, a European food initiative, a German consulting firm, and a Kenyan health food company? Give up?? The answer, of course, is dried mango. (Kaushe maembe in Swahili.)

The article speaks on the joint project of SAVE Food, africon GmbH and the Messe Düsseldorf in Kenya.

How exactly did that come to pass? As you might suspect, it’s complicated. But it starts with a whole lot of wasted mangoes. More than half the crop—64 percent to be exact—never made it to market. That’s 300,000 tons of tasty, nutritious mangoes squandered every year in a country that, like most places, is no stranger to hunger. There are very few secondary markets. Somehow, it is cheaper to import mango pulp from India to make juice.

The next ingredient was a European yen to fight food waste through a practical project. That interest came from the SAVE FOOD initiative, which launched in 2011 as a collaboration between German exhibition organizer Messe Dusseldorf and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (and later the UN Environment Program). Messe Dusseldorf and SAVE FOOD hired africon, a German consulting firm specializing in sub-Saharan Africa, to perform research on Kenyan food losses in 2013.

 

More on: africon in the National Geographic

 

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XCOM Africa GmbH now africon GmbH

XCOM Africa GmbH is one of the leading consulting companies with sole focus on the African region. Since the 19.11.2015 it presence a new name and logo now being africon GmbH. The change is the result of a management buy out by Marc Zander and Sonja Mattfeld of the XCOM AG Group shareholding, leaving Marc Zander and Sonja Mattfeld to be the only 2 shareholder in africon GmbH.

“Up till today we have helped more than 45 companies with their market entry into Africa. The new shareholding situation will allow us to even be more flexible and Africa focused. The strategy for 2016 is to increase the presence in Africa and to venture into new business fields”. Marc Zander, CEO & Partner africon GmbH.

 

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africon at the AGBF in Dubai

The CEO & Partner of africon Ltd. Marc Zander, visited the AGBF in Dubai to discuss investment in Africa with various investors. Outcome of the discussion has been that the African markets are a key focus of various investors in the Middle East region. This results in new Africa strategies of most UAE and GCC countries for Africa.

Marc Zander, CEO & Partner africon speaks at ALN Conference

The conference brought together approximately 500 thought leaders on investing and doing business in Africa to discuss the sectors and regions in Africa that provide the greatest opportunities for foreign investors, while analysing the legal and regulatory implications of doing business on the continent. Marc Zander spoke on the opportunities for FMCG companies in Africa being an expert in the Nigerian FMCG markets. Read more about the conference!

Meet our new team member – Thairu Gichuhi

Meet our new colleague Mr. Thairu Gichuri. Thairu has got more than 12 years or working experience and will be responsible for project management and implementation in East Africa. Moreover he will sign reposible for all research in the EAC. Find the team here !

 

 

 

 

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