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Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

Alibaba Business School and UNCTAD welcomed inaugural class of African entrepreneurs to China for two-week intensive course on e-commerce

HANGZHOU, China, Nov. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Alibaba Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) brought together 24 Africa-based entrepreneurs to participate in the inaugural eFounders Initiative.

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

The eFounders Initiative is the first step to fulfill the commitment Jack Ma made as the UNCTAD Special Adviser for Young Entrepreneurs and Small Business to help empower 1,000 entrepreneurs in developing countries over the next five years. It is part of a set of smart partnerships UNCTAD is creating to reach the sustainable development goals. By bridging the digital divide facing young entrepreneurs in developing countries, the eFounders initiative helps make sure no one is left behind by the digital economy, as called for by the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.  The eFounders Initiative is also in line with Alibaba’s mission to help small businesses succeed in their home markets and beyond by leveraging the power of technology.

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative“Today, we have to be smart to make sure we do not miss the opportunity e-commerce represents, both as an engine of growth and as a source of inclusiveness,” says Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD. “There are sharp differences on how countries use it and benefit from it. This contrast is nowhere more evident than in Africa, where less than five percent of the population shops online.”

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

The two dozen participants were selected from more than 700 applicants via a rigorous application process. All participants are current pioneers in their respective fields, varying from mobile payment, big data, retail, logistics, and others. As a part of the program, they have pledged to be agents of change in their home countries. After graduating, each of them will commit to applying the program’s learnings to their own business objectives and to transferring their know-how to others to improve the e-commerce infrastructure of their country.

The young e-commerce pioneers travelled from seven African countries to attend the program at Alibaba’s global headquarters in Hangzhou and learn from China’s experience in building an e-commerce ecosystem. The two-week intensive course included capacity-building in e-commerce, from inventory management and rural commerce to logistics and mobile payment systems, as well as how to use data to best capture consumer preferences. The entrepreneurs also had the opportunity to experience this year’s annual 11.11 Global Shopping Festival and attend a private meeting with Alibaba founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma.

“In the future, we will need more than the G20 and the B20 to create the kind of inclusive development the world needs,” said Jack Ma. “We need the G200 and B200,” he said, calling for active engagement with students, government officials, and entrepreneurs from smaller countries and markets. Alibaba Group has a goal of serving 20 million consumers, creating 100 million jobs and enabling 10 million profitable SMEs. The B200 is a key piece of achieving that goal.  The eFounders Initiative is the first tangible incarnation of the B200 promise.

One of the participants from Kenya, 29-year-old entrepreneur Catherine Mahugu said, “It is the first time that I see what digital inclusion means.”

31-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur Damilare Ogunleye, added, “When I go back to my home country, my focus will be educating all those involved in the business on how to leverage technology to better capture and analyze the data.”

“The goal of the initiative is to empower African entrepreneurs,” said Brian A. Wong, vice president of Alibaba Group who heads the Global Initiatives program. “We believe these participating entrepreneurs will play a very important role in the future creation of the New Economy in their country. We want them to become the Jack Mas of their countries.”

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Alizila: Entrepreneurs Chart New Course for African E-Commerce with Help from Jack Ma

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UNCTAD: Faster, better and together: the road to inclusive e-commerce in Africa

Video of Jack Ma and UNCTAD Meeting with Youth in Africa

 

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TransferTo continue son expansion en Afrique avec une nouvelle nomination de haut niveau

SINGAPOUR, le 22 novembre 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TransferTo, le réseau leader de paiements mobiles transfrontaliers pour les marchés émergents, annonce la nomination de Djibril Diallo en tant que VP Business Development pour la direction de ses opérations en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre. La société continue d’intensifier son activité sur le Continent.

Le réseau mondial de paiements de TransferTo permet d’interconnecter les opérateurs de transfert d’argent, les opérateurs de services financiers sur mobile, les fournisseurs de porte-monnaie électronique, les banques, les institutions financières, les ONG, ainsi que les acteurs mondiaux du commerce électronique. Il contribue ainsi à la simplification des transferts d’argent et des paiements digitaux vers et en provenance des marchés émergents, tout ceci via une API unique et un cadre de conformité global respectant les normes internationales.

En Afrique, TransferTo interconnecte aujourd’hui près de 300 millions de portes-monnaies électroniques et comptes bancaires. Cette année seulement, TransferTo a multiplié par 11 ses volumes de transferts transfrontaliers en Afrique, indiquant une demande importante pour des services numériques plus sûrs, plus simples et plus rapides à travers le continent.

Djibril apporte sa grande expertise des systèmes de paiement et des transferts d’argent par téléphone mobile dans la région. Il a été en charge des activités de services financiers sur mobile pour Tigo Cash au Sénégal. Avant cela, il a travaillé sur la numérisation des paiements pour le Programme Alimentaire Mondial. Djibril a joué également un rôle clé dans les systèmes de paiement, tels que RTGS, dans plusieurs banques centrales en Afrique.

Dans son nouveau poste, Djibril est en charge de la direction stratégique, du développement et de la croissance des activités de paiement de TransferTo dans ces marchés, en particulier au Sénégal, en Côte d’Ivoire, au Ghana, au Gabon et au Cameroun.

« Je suis ravi d’intégrer TransferTo, » dit Djibril Diallo. « Nous sommes à un moment où la monnaie électronique et les services financiers sur mobile sont en train de révolutionner les paiements en Afrique. Je suis fier de faire partie d’une société qui s’est engagée à fournir les meilleures solutions de paiements digitaux pour les marchés émergents et aider à connecter l’Afrique au reste du monde. »

Nicolas Vonthron, EVP Payments pour l’Afrique et l’Europe à TransferTo ajoute, « Djibril possède une connaissance tout à fait unique de cette région et de ce marché, ce qui fait de lui un partenaire précieux à un moment où TransferTo accélère son investissement en Afrique. Une présence forte en Afrique centrale et en Afrique de l’ouest garantit que nous sommes bien positionnés pour mieux servir nos partenaires, et nous permet de répondre à cette demande croissante pour des paiements transfrontaliers plus efficaces, vers et en provenance du continent africain. »

Djibril sera basé à Dakar, au Sénégal.

À propos de TransferTo

TransferTo est le réseau leader des paiements mobiles transfrontaliers pour les marchés émergents, facilitant des transactions en temps réel pour les opérateurs de transfert d’argent, les opérateurs de téléphonie mobile, les fournisseurs de porte-monnaie numérique, les banques, les ONG et les acteurs du commerce électronique. De nombreux acteurs leaders globaux font confiance à TransferTo pour effectuer leurs transferts et paiements digitaux.

TransferTo offre à ses partenaires un cadre de conformité global pour toutes les exigences réglementaires applicables, et ce à travers un réseau qui s’étend dans plus de 130 pays.

TransferTo a été créée en 2005. Le siège social de la société se trouve à Singapour, avec des bureaux régionaux à Miami, à Londres et à Dubaï, ainsi que des bureaux locaux à Mumbaï, Jakarta, San Salvador, Nairobi et Barcelone.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez visiter notre site web : www.transfer-to.com

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Ola Polczynski
Directrice des Relations Publiques et Marketing, TransferTo
press@transfer-to.com

TransferTo drives further expansion into Africa with new senior appointment

SINGAPORE, Nov. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TransferTo, a leading Cross-Border Mobile Payments Network for emerging markets, has appointed Djibril Diallo as VP Business Development to head operations across West and Central Africa, as the company ramps up its activity across the Continent.

TransferTo’s global payments network interlinks money transfer operators, mobile money operators, mobile wallets providers, banks, financial institutions, NGOs and global e-commence merchants to facilitate mobile-based money transfers to and from emerging markets — all through one single API connection and one global compliance framework.

Across Africa, the company currently interconnects close to 300m mobile money wallets and bank accounts, and this year alone, TransferTo’s cross-border payments business in Africa has grown 11-fold, showing significant demand for safer, cheaper and faster digital transfers across the Continent.

Djibril brings great expertise in payment systems and mobile money across the region. He spent the last three years heading up Mobile Financial Services operations for Tigo Cash, Millicom’s operation in Senegal. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior IT Consultant and Business Analyst at the World Food Programme focusing on global payment disbursements. Djibril has also played a key part in rolling out payment systems, such as RTGS, in various African Central Banks and primary banks.

In his new position at TransferTo, Djibril is responsible for the strategic direction and growth in the region, and to expand TransferTo’s payment solutions into new markets, including Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Gabon and Cameroon.

“I’m thrilled to have joined TransferTo,” said Djibril Diallo. “We are at a point today where mobile money and mobile banking is revolutionising payments in Africa, and I am very proud to be a part of a company that is committed to providing the best payment solutions for emerging markets, and helping connect Africa to the world.”

Nicolas Vonthron, EVP Payments for Africa & Europe at TransferTo added, “Djibril has such a unique insight into this market which makes him an invaluable partner in a time when TransferTo is undergoing heightened investment across Africa. Establishing robust operations in West and Central Africa ensures we are well positioned to better serve our Network partners, allowing them to cater for the growing demand of more efficient cross-border payments to and from the African Continent.

Djibril will be based out of Dakar, Senegal.

About TransferTo

TransferTo is the leading Cross-Border Mobile Payments Network for emerging markets, processing real-time transactions for money transfer operators, mobile operators, digital wallet providers, banks, NGO’s and merchants. Leading global companies rely on TransferTo’s mobile payment solutions to perform digital payments.

Through a Network which spans across more than 130 countries, TransferTo provides its partners with a global compliance framework for all relevant regulatory requirements.

TransferTo was founded in 2005. The company is headquartered in Singapore, with regional offices in Miami, London and Dubai, and local offices across Mumbai, Jakarta, San Salvador, Nairobi and Barcelona.

For more information, please visit: www.transfer-to.com

Media Contact

Ola Polczynski
PR & Marketing Director, TransferTo
+65-9361-2450
press@transfer-to.com

Update: Appeal to Amandawe community for assistance in arresting murderous gunman

UPDATE: A gunman who has been terrorising the community of Amandawe has been arrested. The 25-year-old Amandawe man was arrested in the early hours of this morning in the Ixopo area, Harry Gwala Cluster. A 9 mm pistol with one live round, cellphones, tablet, watches, sim cards and other items were recovered by police. An operation was carried out by Ugu Cluster Operational Control Centre members. He is expected to appear in the Scottburgh Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 24 November.

Source: South African Police Service

UN SECY-GEN EXPRESSES HORROR AT NEWS OF AFRICAN MIGRANTS BEING SOLD AS SLAVES IN LIBYA

UNITED NATIONS, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed horror at news reports and videos showing African migrants in Libya allegedly being sold as slaves and has called on the authorities to urgently investigate the situation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most egregious abuses of human rights and may amount to crimes against humanity, Guterres told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York City Monday. He has also asked the relevant UN agencies to actively pursue the matter.

Guterres also called on all countries to adopt and apply the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol on trafficking in persons. “I urge the international community to unite in fighting this scourge.”

The Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the Convention, was adopted by the UN General Assembly in November 2000 and entered into force in January 2004. It is an important legal instrument which seeks to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants, as well as to promote co-operation among nations, while protecting the rights of the smuggled migrants.

The UN chief urged the international community to unite in fighting the scourge. He also called for addressing migration flows in a comprehensive and humane manner, including through the development of co-operation among States to address its root causes, meaningful increase of all the opportunities for legal migration, and enhanced international co-operation in cracking down on smugglers and traffickers and protecting the rights of their victims.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK