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Safaricom has marked 19 years since the company launched by unveiling a new strategy and renewed its commitment to its customers.

Kenya’s leading telecommunication company-Safaricom on Wednesday marked 19 years since the company launched.

During the celebrations, the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) listed telco unveiled a new strategy and renewed its commitment to its customers.

Under the new structure, Safaricom is committing to be ‘simple, transparent and honest’ across all its products and operations.

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As part of its efforts to simplify its products, the company has unveiled a new data plan, and a new calling and SMS plan that will respectively offer data bundles and calling minutes with no expiry.

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“Over the last 19 years, we have come a long way together with our customers. As we celebrate our anniversary, it is a unique opportunity to reevaluate our operations to ensure that we remain relevant to …

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is set to launch the latest version of the Boeing 787-10 aircraft on the Amsterdam- Nairobi route next month, months after flying the aircraft to Tanzania.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is set to launch the latest version of the Boeing 787-10 aircraft on the Amsterdam- Nairobi route next month, months after flying the aircraft to Tanzania.

The fuel-efficient aircraft will offer passengers on the route a more comfortable flying experience with its top of the range features offering more comfort and less fatigue.

The Dutch national carrier is introducing the latest version of the Boeing 787-10 aircraft into its fleet in a move that will see Kenya become the second destination in KLM’s global network to receive the new aircraft, after Tanzania in July this year.

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This underscores KLM’s efforts in investing in Africa and local markets.

KLM is the first European carrier to fly this new type of aircraft, cementing its position as a pioneer in aviation. It is one of the airlines that continues to make …

Kenya is keen to boost its trade with Ethiopia through the One Stop Border Post initiative, even as Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor starts to take shape.

Kenya is keen to boost its trade with Ethiopia through the One Stop Border Post initiative, even as Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor starts to take shape.

Acting Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury and Planning Ambassador Ukur Yatani has called on residents of the upper eastern region at the Kenya-Ethiopia border to take advantage of recently established One Stop Border Point (OSBP) in Moyale to boost trade between Kenya and Ethiopia.

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The CS said that the modern facility which is among other six in the country was underutilized.

“We should see more trade volumes passing through the OSBP at Moyale- an indication of a robust business activity between Kenya and Ethiopia. Unfortunately, we are not witnessing this. I wish to urge residents in this region to make use of this exemplary facility for their good and the good of both …

Renault Trucks has opened a local assembly plant in Kenya as it keeps expanding its footprint in Kenya and East Africa region.

Renault Trucks has opened a local assembly plant in Thika, an industrial town in the outskirts of Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, as it seeks to cement its business in Kenya and expansion in the East Africa region.

The move follows the establishment of a long-term partnership with the local exclusive importer CMC Motors and unveiling of their new C and K ranges in Mombasa and Nairobi.

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The plant, which was commissioned by Industrialization Principal Secretary Dr. Francis Owino in the presence of Renault Trucks President Bruno Blin and Al-Futtain Group Senior Managing Director Colin Cordry, will see the company and CMC Motors create over 200 new jobs with additional opportunities set to be generated across the value chain.

In alignment with the 2030 Kenya industrialization vision, Renault Trucks vehicles count with a guaranteed French origin, but are assembled locally. …

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The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has signed a deal with Uganda to open its East African branch in Kampala.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and Benedict Oramah, Afrexim bank president signed the deal which will see Uganda as its fifth branch.

Afrexim bank which is a pan-continent investment lender has other branches in Abuja, Cairo, Abidjan and Harare.

Prof Oramah said that the opening of an East Africa branch would deepen the bank’s involvement with the region’s institutions.

The Kampala branch will start operating end of October 2019 and will serve 11 countries: Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and Comoros.

Kudakwashe Matereke Afrexim East Africa chief operating officer said it is in talks with Uganda’s  National Social Security Fund (NSSF) to have it join others in the region like Rwanda’s social board to become one of the lender’s institutional investors.

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More than 66 per cent of total employment is Sub-Saharan Africa is from the informal sector, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has revealed, the biggest provider of employment in Africa.

While most African countries are bearing the brunt of the US-China trade war as well as a slump in commodity prices which is greatly affecting exporters, East Africa economies have remained resilient.

This is on the region’s economic diversity which is playing a key role in cushioning the region from shocks, the latest report from ICAEW – the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales – Economic Update: Africa Q3 2019 indicates.

The report provides GDP growth forecasts for various regions including East Africa which is set to grow by 6.3 per cent, West and Central Africa at 3.4 per cent, Franc Zone at 4.7 per cent and Southern Africa at 1.3 per cent.

The report, commissioned by ICAEW and produced by partner and forecaster Oxford Economics, outlines how East Africa’s growth is mainly driven by strong performances in the two major economies, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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Jumia Food Kenya has announced the launch of Jumia Prime - a subscription package that allows customers pay a standard one, three or six months fee.

Jumia Food Kenya has announced the launch of Jumia Prime – a subscription package that allows customers pay a standard one, three or six months fee.

This also guarantees unlimited free deliveries on all orders placed on the Jumia Food app or website.

The service, is a first of its kind in Africa, and was introduced to Kenyans aimed at enhancing customer experience and loyalty without having to worry about paying any delivery fees. 

Managing Director East Africa On-Demand Services, Shreenal Ruparelia says the service is not only limited to food but also on alcohol, groceries, shopping or pharmacy needs.

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Ruparelia noted the introduction of Jumia Prime is part of the company’s objective to develop innovative ways to help customers order online without having to pay additional delivery services.

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Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) have agreed to promote sustainable peace and development along the Kenya-Uganda borders and promote trade between Uganda and Kenya.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) have agreed to promote sustainable peace and development along the two countries’ borders, in a latest pact signed by the two East Africa states.

The programme dubbed Cross-Border Sustainable Peace and Development seeks to end hostilities among the three neighbouring communities and enhance development in the region by promoting non-violent interactions and collaborations.

The three communities are Turkana, Pokot and Karamojong which live along the Kenya-Uganda border.

The UN-supported intervention that will be led by a ministerial committee co-chaired by Kenya and Uganda will be implemented in the region to reduce tensions resulting from access to shared resources such as water and pasture.

Speaking during the launch ceremony in Moroto town, President Kenyatta welcomed the agreement saying it will help spur development in the region which has for many years suffered unnecessary communal conflicts.

“This programme, in cooperation with the UN, is a …

The insurance industry in Kenya has recorded an increase in the premiums underwritten between April and June 2019. Insurance premiums, assets, investments and shareholder fund all record growth.

The insurance industry in Kenya has recorded an increase in the premiums underwritten between April and June 2019.

The premiums underwritten during this period amounted to Ksh117.28 billion (US$1.13 billion), a 4.4 per cent increase from Ksh112.39 billion (US$1.08 billion) recorded over the same period in 2018.

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The Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) has attributed this development largely to a 2.9 per cent growth recorded by the general business segment and 6.9 per cent by the long term insurance business segment.

“The increase in general business was mainly contributed by medical and motor private insurance classes of business which accounted for 66.8 per cent of the gross premium income,” IRA notes in its latest (Q2) industry report.

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During the same period, the claims incurred amounted to Ksh28.84 billion. This was a decrease of 1.3 …

Kensington Distillers & Vintners (KDV) London has made an entry into Kenya as it seeks to tap into the lucrative alcoholic drinks market.The London-based firm has made an entry with a subsidiary called Monument Distillers Kenya.

Kensington Distillers & Vintners (KDV) London, a premium drinks business with a growing foot-print in Africa, has made an entry into Kenya as it seeks to tap into the lucrative alcoholic drinks market.

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The London-based firm has made an entry with a subsidiary  called Monument Distillers Kenya, a move that now brings competition to current market players among them  world’s largest producers of spirits and beers-Diageo.

Following this development, Sazerac, the leading US spirits company, has granted Monument Distillers the distribution rights for its portfolio in Kenya – the most prominent brands of which are Popov Vodka, Southern Comfort, Myers Rum, Paddy’s Irish Whisky, Firewater, and Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

As part of this transition, Monument will be distributing these products through their distribution partner-Maxam Limited, a local liquor distributor in Kenya and East Africa.

The entry of Kensington Distillers into …