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2018 TEI Indonesia: 6 Egyptian companies ink deals with Jakarta



The 2018 TEI Indonesia – Samar Samir/Egypt Today


BANTEN, Indonesia – 24 October 2018: Six Egyptian companies signed a number of agreements, worth at $67.5 million, with Indonesian governmental and private companies to import food and beverage products and tires this year.

Egyptian Baraka Contracting and Trading Company signed a deal with Indonesian PT Gajah Tunggal for importing tires at a cost of $20 million.

Egyptian Haggag Company for Import and Export reached a deal with PT Asal Jaya to import coffee beans for $30 million.

El Hamad Co. for Import and Export signed a deal with PT Global Coconut, PT Global Vision for Spices and PT Van Aroma for fragrance oils worth $8 million.

Stella Co inked a deal worth $2 million with Indonesian PT Orson Indonesia to import manufacturing products of soap and noodles.

The Egyptian company also sealed an agreement with the Indonesian state-owned PTPN for importing Ethanol and glycerin for $5 million.

Egypt’s Awlad Abdel Sanad Co. signed a contract with PT Agrorina to import nutmeg, coffee beans, and spices for $2.5 million.

The deals were inked on the sidelines of the 33rd Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2018 at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition in BSD City in Banten on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

“We have had problems for years that we cannot solve,” said Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in his speech during the inauguration of the exhibition.

“Indonesia is currently suffering a $3 billion trade deficit. Back to 2017, the deficit was $17.3 billion,” said President Jokowi. He added that the figures showed that exportation was greater than importation, “however, we still suffer deficit.”

The president continued that Indonesian exports from January to September recorded $122 billion with a 9.2- percent growth, compared to the same period of the last year, voicing his hope that the surplus continues in the last quarter of 2018.

“The exportation goes better and the government continues to support the incentives,” said Indonesian Minister of Trade and Industry Enggartiasto Lukita in his speech at the opening session of 2018 TEI.

During the 2018 TEI, Indonesia signed a total of 65 contracts worth $0.5 billion with 25 countries, mainly Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Italy, Lukita said.

Egypt ranked number four among the top five countries that signed trade contracts with Indonesia in 2018, the minister added.

The signed contracts with China are worth $4.5 billion, while transactions with Thailand recorded $242 million, he said, adding that contracts worth more than $140 million have been inked with Saudi Arabia, while contracts worth $65 million and $41 million have been inked with Egypt and Italy respectively.

The minister announced the Indonesian support to Palestine, saying “upon the president’s instructions, we have provided Palestine with our full support and all the facilities to enhance the relation.”

In response to Australia’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Indonesia threatened to hold on an imminent deal with Australia, announcing that the decision could strain the bilateral relations.

The TEI tradeshow was attended by a total of 70 Egyptian businessmen. Six of them will be granted the Primaduta Award, which is an Indonesian program that aims to increase the growth of Indonesian exports worldwide.

Indonesian Ambassador to Cairo Helmy Fawzy receives Primaduta Award on behalf of Egyptian businessmen at 2018 TEI Indonesia- press photo

1- Baracka Contracting and Trading group for Tires
2- AlMalek Faisal Co. for Trading Tires and Batteries
3- Afia International Co. for importing palm oil products
4- Ibrahim M. Mostafa and Partners (AlRehab) for importing Robusta and Arabica Coffee beans
5- AlGaras for Spices and Herbis Industry in Alexandria for importing Robusta and Arabica coffee beans
6- Al Nada Co. in Alexandria for importing Robusta and Arabic coffee beans

Egypt comes in the first place among the countries that were granted Primaduta Awards, while Holland comes in the second rank. Saudi Arabia and China ranked number three as three awards will go for three companies each.

The TEI was inaugurated under the theme “Creating Products for Global Opportunities” by the Directorate General for National Export Development (DGNED), affiliated with the Indonesian Ministry of Trade. It serves to be a platform for business discussions.

The exhibition featured various products such as food, beverages, manufacturing products, property, biofuel, automotive components, premium handicrafts, and furniture. The number of visitors reached 28,000 from 125 countries.

The trade transactions conducted in 2016 were estimated at $1.02 billion, according to the TEI official website.

The TEI was inaugurated a day after the opening of the 2018 Indonesia-Middle East Annual Gathering on Economy (IMAGE) on Monday, Oct. 22 in the city of Yogyakarta, Central Java.

The three-day gathering, held at Yogyakarta Industry and Trade Directorate, was attended by several business delegations from Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Syria, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

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YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia – 22 October: The 2018 Indonesia-Middle East Annual Gathering on Economy (IMAGE) kicked off on Monday, Oct. 22 in the city of Yogyakarta, Central Java. The three-day gathering, which is held at Yogyakarta Industry and Trade Directorate, was attended by several business delegations from Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Syria, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

Trade volume between Egypt and Indonesia reached $203 million in 2018, compared to $75 million in 2017 with an increase of 169.65 percent, according to Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), said Indonesian Ambassador to Cairo Helmy Fawzy during the National Day of Indonesia on October 1.

From January to June 2018 the trade volume increased by $561 million (12 percent), compared to the same period of 2017, according to CAPMAS.

According to the IMF World Economic Outlook, Indonesian annual GDP growth is projected at 5.1 percent.


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World Food Day: Jumia Launches the Africa Food Index 2020



Ahead of World Food Day on 16th October, Jumia has published its 1st Africa Food Index showing the impact of COVID-19 on food trends in Africa. Online food delivery is changing habits in unexpected ways for businesses and consumers due to the pandemic. The growing popularity of fast food, coupled with the growing trends for convenience and value for money, have opened up opportunities for the food market in Africa. 

According to the Africa Development Bank, the continent’s US$ 313 billion food and beverage market is projected to reach US$ 1 trillion by 2030. This projection offers the prospect of increased jobs, greater prosperity, reduced hunger and improved opportunities for African farmers and entrepreneurs to participate in the global economy. 

Over the last three years, Africa’s growing online audience has seen an increase in international brands setting up shop to tap into the growing middle-income segment. Direct investment from players such as KFC, McDonalds, Burger King have been achieved. Online food delivery players such as Jumia have also played a key role in shaping supply chains and opening up the markets to new entrants. Local producers and restaurants have embraced this evolution and reached new consumers as well as grown their businesses in spite of these challenging times.

“This pandemic crisis has shown the world that online food delivery is not just a commodity, but a necessity. The food business adapted quickly to the new normal, by availing contactless and cashless deliveries » said Shreenal Ruparelia Chief Commercial Officer, Jumia Food. « We also started to provide support to local food vendors to keep their businesses running during this difficult time.” With our food partners, we will continue to deploy capabilities across the food value chain to ensure consumers buy food online safely and at the right price, in line with the theme of this year’s World Food Day celebration of Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together” added Shreenal.

The report highlighted two major drivers of the growth observed in 2020: demography and the Covid19 lockdowns. With a growing population averaging 18 years old, a new generation of African middle class consumers are spending more money online on food and grocery services, while the lockdowns induced by the Covid19 pandemic also contributed to this evolution in habits.

Overall, grocery retailing continues to expand, as consumers seek comfort and convenience when shopping for food. The report shows that while Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) are popular, Lagos and Nairobi lead as the largest cities with the volume of online food orders. 

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International institutions like the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Quick Service Restaurants such as KFC and local brands like Tunisian Al Jazeera Olive Oils have contributed to the Africa Food Index, based on Jumia data and external data from different institutions.

Please find the report here

Source: Jumia Food

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Egyptian FinTech Startup NowPay Scores $2.1 million Seed Investment



NowPay Team (Image Source: NowPay)

Employee Empowerment To Fund Top Priority Financial Goals Augments Increased Productivity, Engagement and Loyalty

MENA: Cairo-based FinTech startup NowPay, a financial-wellness platform for employees in emerging markets, has announced today, 11 October 2020 that the company has raised US$ 2.1 million in seed investment. The new fund will be deployed to deepen the capabilities of the platform, expand its team and establish its footprint in the MENA region and beyond.

The round was led by Foundation Ventures and Endure Capital along with investors from the U.S., UAE, China, and Egypt. The cluster of investors include: BECO Capital, 500 Startups, Plug and Play, 4dx Ventures, MSA Capital, EFG-EV Fintech and Ebtikar. Prominent Angel investors such as Quirky Ventures, Gehan Fathi, and Rolaco also participated in the round.

“During the peak of COVID-19 lockdowns, we are proud to have well-known and eminent investors back us, signaling trust in our business concept and our team. Saving, spending, budgeting and borrowing, are our four pillars of financial wellness. Financial stress plays a major role as a top distraction for employees.

NowPay bridges that gap and provides several benefits for employers that choose to proactively address this area of employee wellness. Particularly in the recent months NowPay helped empower both the employees and employers alike. We want to improve every financial aspect for employees and make financial inclusion a reality,” said Mostafa Ashour, Cofounder and CEO of NowPay who previously led the innovation teams at Microsoft Research.

Founded in 2019, NowPay has a very enthusiastic and well-experienced team. Led by Mostafa Ashour, the team includes co-founder Ahmed Sabry, who worked for Amazon Lending, Gehan Fathi, previously worked as managing director at EFG, and Mahmoud ElHosseiny who managed Egypt sales for Fortune 500 Stanley-Black & Decker.

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“There is an asymmetry between expenses and income, which puts a lot of stress on employee’s morale, and hampers productivity. We are thrilled to join NowPay’s incredible team on this journey of empowering employees with the happiness and wellness that financial stability provides,” said Ziyad Hamdy, Managing Partner at Foundation Ventures.

“Not every day you have both clear product market fit and founders market fit. This is the case in NowPay. Just attend any business meeting with the team and you will know it immediately!”, said Tarek Fahim, Managing Partner at Endure Capital.

“Within a very short period we are delighted to have managed salaries in excess of US$100 million with a 60% month-over-month growth rate. We have integrated our platorm with leading Egyptian and multinational names such as SODIC, Wadi Degla, Domty and AXA to name a few, a testament of our ability to help the financial wellness of employees for our clients. We have a very strong pipeline with many more big names waiting to onboard our platform and we look forward to forge ahead as pioneers in this space,” added Mr. Ashour.

Source: NowPay

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SAVCA Appoints Natalie Kolbe And Sthembile NKabinde As Board Members



Sthembile Nkabinde and Natalie Kolbe

The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) – the industry body for private equity and venture capital in Southern Africa –welcomes two new directors to its board, following the virtual SAVCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 7 October 2020.

SAVCA CEO, Tanya van Lill says that the new appointees – Natalie Kolbe, Partner at Actis and Sthembile Nkabinde, Founder and CEO of Khulasande Capital – are both leading industry professionals who have been elected by their peers to continue driving the association’s strategic objectives.

Natalie Kolbe, Partner at Actis
Sthembile Nkabinde, Founder and CEO of Khulasande Capital

“Natalie and Sthembile each bring with them a unique skill set that will complement those of our existing board members, while bringing new perspectives and ideas to the table. Notably, the new board composition of seven women and six men are representative of the advances being made by the broader industry within the area of transformation and diversity.”


As noted by the recent SAVCA 2020 Private Equity Industry Survey, South African private equity exhibited a considerable increase in investment activity in 2019, with the private equity industry having R184.4 billion in funds under management (FUM) at 31 December 2019, up from R171 billion in 2018, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.2% since 1999 when the survey first began.

Similarly, the SAVCA 2020 Venture Capital Industry Survey reported robust industry growth in 2019, with venture capital investment showing the highest activity recorded to date, both by value and by number of deals. A total of 38 exits were also reported for 2019 – more than double the previous record for annual exit activity, and just over triple the nine exits reported in 2018.

“This industry growth bodes well for the future economic growth of the region, especially considering the long-term effect that COVID-19 is having on economic activity,” says van Lill, who notes the important role that the industry plays in Southern Africa’s broader economic environment. “A thriving private equity and venture capital industry is crucial for Southern Africa to accelerate its economic recovery.”

Returning to the outcomes of the recent AGM, van Lill says that the SAVCA board is sadly bidding farewell to three distinguished directors: Lungile Mdluli, who served as Treasurer and Chairperson of the Fiscal Committee from 2017 and was asked to stay on for another year to hand over the role of Treasurer; Vusi Thembekwayo, who joined the SAVCA Board in 2017 and served on the Venture Capital Committee; and Craig Dreyer, who has served SAVCA since its inception in 1998 and notably chaired the association over the past three years.

“Through their varied and distinguished roles, Lungile, Vusi and Craig contributed significantly to the success of our organisation by dedicating an invaluable amount of time and expertise to the board activities. While Craig’s longstanding commitment to the industry and relentless contribution as Chairperson and member of the Regulatory Committee will be missed, we are fortunate for the legacy he leaves behind and want to thank all three members for the roles they’ve played in shaping the future of the industry,” van Lill concludes.

Source: SAVCA

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