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Gatjed launches as a gateway to Egypt

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gatjed.com was launched this month as the first ever e-commerce platform exclusively offering Egyptian manufactured products serving the business-to-business sector. Next month, another platform carrying the same name will be launched to serve the business-to-consumer sector along with the mobile app.

“Our project is trying to enhance Egyptian industry by serving manufacturers operating in different sectors including textiles, fashion, heavy machinery and equipment,” Founder and CEO of Gatsub, the owner of gatjed.com, Ahmed Rasekh told Egypt Today.

gatjed also offers a service called “iConnect” through which manufacturers seeking certain industrial components can send an inquiry online to find potential suppliers, Rasekh explained. “They can get a sample and make an order. Even if that service reduces imports by one percent, it is still a huge amount of money,” Rasekh explained.

Gatjed’s goal is to boost the sales and distribution of Egyptian products locally and globally, reducing the import rate of industrial components as well as digitizing the trade and distribution processes by bringing the demand and supply into one online marketplace.

The platform focuses on solving two major problems that hinder Egyptian products from selling more locally and globally: limited global access to Egyptian manufactured products and poor awareness of the quality and diversity of local products as well as the capabilities of the Egyptian manufacturers.

“Egypt has a large and diversified industrial sector that is totally capable of replacing imported products. That sector can directly contribute to the reduction of both the trade deficit and outflow of foreign currency,” Rasekh added.

As for how the deals can be closed, Rasekh explained, “It depends on every single deal. There are standard payment methods globally such as the issuance of letters of credit that ensure the buyer’s products are shipped and that the manufacturer receives the payment. We will ensure that the relationship between the buyer and the seller is on the right track.”

Made in Egypt_Gatjed poster

“Advanced payments can only be done locally, but no exporters of Egyptian materials or equipment will be paying in advance for products they did not see, test or check at the manufacturer’s facility. In very rare cases, it can happen by bringing in buyers involved in big deals to visit the manufacturer’s facility, inspect it, take samples of the products and maybe make a down payment,” Rasekh added.

The platform has identified numerous products that have high export potential. “We have conducted a very robust market research that covered Egypt, some countries in the Middle East, and others in Africa as we will start by targeting those markets. It was all positive because those countries trust our textile products, and our fast fashion products such as bags and women’s accessories. Egypt came on top as an exporter of those products, so that is a good sign to sell those products,” Rasekh said, adding he is “confident that there are plenty of manufacturers who produce other types of products and who were not able to receive proper attention to sell their products more.”

Clarifying what has been achieved since the foundation of Gatsub in September 2018, Rasekh said that contracts were signed successfully with around 100 manufacturers and designers. “We still have a long way to go, as there are 42,000 licensed manufacturers in Egypt in addition to other small businesses that are still striving. It is our responsibility to help small businesses grow and increase the chances of the larger ones,” Rasekh added.

“We have a competitive edge. We will be the gateway for any Egyptian manufactured product. If a consumer or a manufacturer seeks an Egyptian product we will be the number one choice for them,” Rasekh said.

– EGYPT TODAY

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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated debut $450 million Eurobond oversubscribed

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The proceeds will be used for Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI)’s general corporate purposes and to refinance existing Holdco obligations

LOME, Togo, April 18, 2019 – Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, ETI, the Lomé-based parent company of the Ecobank Group, is pleased to announce that it has successfully raised $450 million in its debut Eurobond which was oversubscribed.

The Global Offering is a 5-year unsecured note (144A/RegS) listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. The bond matures in April 2024 and was issued with a coupon pricing of 9.5% with interest payable semi-annually in arrears.

The proceeds will be used for ETI’s general corporate purposes and to refinance existing Holdco obligations.

Investor interest was global, including United Kingdom, United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

On this debut Eurobond issuance, Mr. Ade Ayeyemi, Group Chief Executive Officer of ETI, stated: “This is another first for Ecobank and I’m very excited at the prospects for the Group as we continue the second phase of our 5-year ‘Roadmap to leadership’ strategy. Our efforts toward greater operational and capital efficiency are paying off, and this offer is another example of the measures we are taking to strengthen our institution and deliver value for all of our stakeholders”.

The Group Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Greg Davis, also commenting on this Eurobond said: “The success of this Eurobond reflects appetite from high quality and real money institutional investors globally and the trust that continues to be conferred on our institution and the markets we have chosen to participate in.”

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World Bank okays project worth $200 mln to support SMEs in Egypt

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CAIRO – 18 April 2019: The World Bank gave its final approval to a new project worth $200 million for supporting reforms aimed at securing further jobs for young people and women in Egypt.

The project is meant to increase the volume of credit to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), for being a key source of economic growth.

In a statement released on Thursday, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr said the project comes within the framework of ongoing cooperation between the Investment and International Cooperation Ministry and the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Development Agency (MSME), with a view to backing entrepreneurs, especially women.

“Our partnership with the World Bank Group aims to enable women and young people to become successful entrepreneurs. This investment provides several opportunities for improving Egyptians’ standard of living, through creating jobs and establishing a strong foundation for the country’s economy,” the statement quoted Nasr as saying.

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The project targets increasing seed capital and early-stage capital, as well as capital risk available to innovative startups facing higher risks and newly-established SMEs with great potential for growth and job creation, the statement read.

ِUnder the project, around USD 50 million will be directed to private-managed risk management institutions, such as investment funds, business accelerators, venture capital funds and investment companies, for the purpose of outlining the initial stages of the Egyptian investment system, the statement noted.

For her part, Marina Weiss, Regional Director of the World Bank office in Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti, said “Egypt has shown a strong commitment to reforming its economy. Its reforms have begun to bear fruit, enabling the private sector to secure jobs which is an integral part of achieving a sustainable and overall growth”.

Also, she added that the WB is proud to support entrepreneurs across the country, notably women and young people.

The new program hinges on the success of the existing project “Promoting Innovation for Financial Inclusion”, which enables SMEs to get access to funding and promotes job creation in the private sector nationwide.

-Egypt Today

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Vantage Capital exits Thebe Timrite

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Thebe is one of South Africa’s leading black-owned investment companies, managing assets of over R6 billion ($420m)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 18, 2019 – Vantage Capital, Africa’s largest mezzanine debt fund manager, announced today that it has fully exited its investment in Thebe Timrite (“Timrite”), a leading black-controlled supplier of mining support products and services in South Africa.  Vantage provided an R89m ($6,3m) mezzanine debt facility to fund the 100% acquisition of Timrite by Thebe Investment Corporation (“Thebe”) and the Timrite management team in 2013, as well as to fund expansion capital expenditure. Thebe is one of South Africa’s leading black-owned investment companies, managing assets of over R6 billion ($420m).

Mokgome Mogoba, Associate Partner at Vantage Capital, said, “the investment we made in Thebe Timrite demonstrates the support we provide to black-controlled businesses and our commitment to transformation in South Africa. Furthermore, it highlights the faith that we have in the resilience of the South African mining sector and the employment opportunities it creates. This was the second time we had partnered with Thebe as we had previously supported Thebe’s investment in Safripol, another successful investment.”

Luc Albinski, Managing Partner at Vantage Capital, added, “Vantage was an active participant in many board discussions over the past six years at Timrite, helping to shape the growth strategies of the company during a difficult time in South Africa’s mining sector. It was a privilege to engage with Timrite management and Thebe as the company diversified its product range through world-class R&D, introducing new products into the market that have made our mines safer.”

Nonhlanhla Mabusela, CEO of Thebe Timrite, said, “we are grateful to have partnered with Vantage Capital during both strong and turbulent times within the mining sector in recent years. Vantage’s funding did indeed play a key role in facilitating black ownership in the underground roof support market, placing Timrite miles ahead of its peers in its transformation targets.”

Sizwe Mncwango, CEO of Thebe said “We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Vantage Capital for the partnership and support afforded to Thebe in steering the company over the last 6 years. The exit by Vantage Capital allows Thebe to become a sole shareholder of Thebe Timrite and we are excited about the future of this business.”

To date, Vantage Capital has successfully exited nine investments generating proceeds of R2.6bn ($190m) across its three generations of mezzanine debt funds and achieved an aggregate money multiple of 2.0x.

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