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Africa FinTech Network Appoints Dr. Patrick Saidu Conteh As Its Chief Executive Officer

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Africa FinTech Network Appoints Dr. Patrick Saidu Conteh As Its Chief Executive Officer

Olushola Okunlade Writes

In a bid to strengthen corporate governance and delivery of the next phase of its strategic plan, the Board of African Fintech Network (AFN), has announced the appointment of former Governor of the Central Bank of Sierra Leone, Dr. Patrick Saidu Conteh, as its Chief Executive Officer, effective 1st August 2022.

Dr. Segun Aina, President, and Chairman of the Board, Africa Fintech Network stated this in a statement released to BusinessEcho Magazine on Monday, August 15th, 2022.

Dr. Conteh is a financial sector and development finance executive with over twenty-five years of experience spanning the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. He is a strong advocate for financial technology (fintech) and other disruptive technologies as platforms for leapfrogging financial inclusion in Africa.

During his tenure as Governor, he is credited for pioneering one of Africa’s first regulatory sandboxes as part of an overarching financial inclusion strategy in Sierra Leone.

Africa FinTech Network Appoints Dr. Patrick Saidu Conteh As Its Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Patrick Saidu Conteh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Africa FinTech Network.

Dr. Conteh was before this appointment, a member of the Advisory Council AFN, and until recently, was the Regional Lead for Sub Sahara Africa at Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge University, UK. He currently serves as a tutor in the Cambridge Fintech and Regulatory Innovation training program.

The AFN has operated for close to four years as the platform that unites and connect African FinTech leaders, organizations, and other important stakeholders through their country associations to create an ecosystem that stimulates information exchange, ideation, support, and promotion of innovative technologies within the financial services sector across Africa and beyond. The network also serves as a platform for advocacy and coordinated regulatory and governmental interactions to minimize cross-border constraints and facilitate the ease of fintech exchanges in the continent. Currently, national fintech associations of thirty-three African countries are on AFN membership, which is planned to grow to fifty countries by end of 2023.

The appointment of Dr. Conteh as CEO could not have come at a better time as Africa is systematically witnessing the profound benefits and contributions of fintech to the overall development of the continent’s financial services sector.

Alongside these positive developments are numerous challenges confronting the fintech ecosystem. The Board is therefore pleased to have Dr. Conteh leading the management team to support the board in addressing these challenges to fulfill our vision of catalysing Africa’s digital economic development.

In response to this appointment, Dr. Patrick Conteh is quoted as indicating that “I accept this role on the strong conviction that Africa is the fintech market of tomorrow. Factually, that future is already unveiling itself and AFN is the right organization for exerting the level of positive influence needed for the fintech ecosystem to continue to thrive for the benefits of the continent and beyond”

I am indeed pleased to welcome Patrick on board and look forward to AFN benefitting from his excellent combination of academic and professional qualifications, competencies, and versatility spanning central bank governance, financial sector regulation and supervision, fintech regulation, fintech ecosystem development, financial markets development, financial and digital literacy, financial inclusion, research, etc all of which makes him a good fit to navigate AFN to the next level of continental and global impacts.

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The Dangote Group has been described as a significant premium player as over 300 corporate exhibitors are participating in the 17th Abuja International Trade Fair (AITF) that is expected to be declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.  

Speaking to newsmen, the Director-General of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Ms. Victoria Akai said: “As a member of ACCI, the Dangote Group further strengthens the position of ACCI in implementing business activities and advocating for business-friendly policies.

”The DG said the Dangote-ACCI partnership is strategic and geared towards showcasing made-in-Nigeria products, which will help inform prospective exporters about the available opportunities and processes.  

Ms. Akai said the company had been a significant sponsor of the Abuja International Trade Fair, including this year’s Trade Fair. In the same vein, the President of ACCI, Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, told newsmen that the theme for this year’s exhibition: “Creating an Export Ready Market through SMEs Digitization,” offers a wide range of opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises to ginger their performance, and especially in relation to the non-oil sector.  

He said: “The Abuja International Trade Fair, since its inception, has served Nigeria as a trusted global trade destination and a potential market for over 50,000 consumers.”

The 17th AITF is scheduled to hold between Friday, September 30 and Sunday, October 9, 2022, at ACCI Abuja International Trade Fair Complex.  

The Dangote Group’s Executive Director of Government and Strategic Relations Engr Mansur Ahmed said the partnership with ACCI offers the company the opportunity to display its numerous innovative products while contributing its quota to the Nigerian economy through Trade Fairs and expos.  

He said the President of the Group Alhaji Aliko Dangote is passionate about developing the Nigerian economy, exporting made-in-Nigerian goods, earning foreign exchange, and creating jobs for the populace. Engr Ahmed said the company is desirous of entering into any strategic partnership that will set the country on the path of rapid growth and development.  

Aside government, the Dangote Group is the second biggest employer of labour in Nigeria.  

A statement by the Corporate Communications Department of the company said a special help desk has been set up at the company’s pavilion to respond to queries while urging participants to leverage the numerous innovative products which include the: Dangote Fertiliser, Dangote Sugar, Dangote Cement, Dangote Salt, and lots more.  

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LCCI President Visits Association Of German Chambers Of Commerce And Industry (DIHK) In Berlin, Germany

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The President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce (LCCI), Dr. Michael Olawale-Cole, CON, has paid a courtesy visit to the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) in Berlin, Germany.

Asiwaju Dr. Michael Olawale-Cole, CON met Mr. Heiko Schwiderowski, Director of the Africa section of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) during a courtesy visit to the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, September 28, 2022.

LCCI President Visits Association Of German Chambers Of Commerce And Industry (DIHK) In Berlin, Germany
President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce (LCCI), Dr. Michael Olawale-Cole, CON, and Mr. Heiko Schwiderowski, Director Africa Section of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) during a courtesy visit to the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, September 28, 2022.
LCCI President Visits Association Of German Chambers Of Commerce And Industry (DIHK) In Berlin, Germany
President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Michael Olawale-Cole, CON, and Mr. Edgar Zedler Head of Regional Affairs NUMOV/ German Near and Middle East Business Association during a visit to the Association office in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, September 28, 2022.

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The Impact Of E-commerce On Supply Chain

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The Impact Of E-commerce On Supply Chain

….as Jumia leads the fast and reliable digital market hub

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The rise of E-commerce and the digital marketplace has changed the composition of consumers buying behavior and expectations, as consumers now expect fast, free shopping and competitive pricing.

This demanding delivery schedule challenges traditional logistics and supply chain models, and companies are now forced to adjust their strategies to provide the low-cost and on-demand delivery service that consumers now demand.

Technological advances in many aspects of our lives have resulted in buying, selling, and other forms of transactions being executed online. Once the consumer makes an online purchase, the work begins to transport the products from the seller to the consumer – and that’s where the logistics sector comes into play.

Statista claims that the logistics sector is one of the pillars of global trade, valued at more than 5.7 trillion euros.

In Nigeria, the logistics and supply sector is growing exponentially. According to the 2018 Logistics & Supply Chain Industry Report, Nigeria’s logistics industry was worth 250 billion naira ($696 million) as of 2018, which represents an increase of 50 billion naira ($140 million) from 2017 statistics. This value has increased over the years. The industry is currently expanding because of improved aviation and rail infrastructure, stronger international relations, expansion in the manufacturing and export industries, and continuous e-commerce growth.

E-commerce and the Supply Chain Sector

The Impact of E-commerce on Supply Chain

The supply chain links numerous parties and organisations, including consumers, enterprises, merchants, financial, and information flows. To deliver high-quality services and products, managing various groups and activities requires a method that can effectively and efficiently integrate interactions among the entities, particularly when organisations use resources from different regions of the world.

The supply chain has grown more adaptable and effective as a result of e-commerce. It has given businesses fresh and creative ways to connect with consumers. E-commerce also has made it possible for companies to offer goods directly to consumers instead of through conventional retail channels.

The increase in e-commerce adoption has made logistics services a necessary component of daily living in Nigeria’s major commercial cities. Access, cycle time, dependability, and cost of logistics are directly impacted by the state of the available infrastructure and the degree of integration. High-performance government agencies, funding, and industry expertise are also essential. Therefore, logistics is a primary marker of economic advancement as represented in trade facilitation and company competitiveness.

How E-commerce is Revolutionising the Supply Chain Sector

The Impact Of E-commerce On Supply Chain

E-commerce has several advantages in the supply chain sector. Firstly, it offers real-time data on inventory levels and order status. This lowers the possibility of stockouts or overstocks by helping businesses to make better decisions about when to produce or order products.

Collaboration between businesses and their suppliers and consumers is also made simpler by e-commerce. For instance, a business can quickly place orders and submit estimates to suppliers. This lessens the amount of paperwork required and helps to speed up the ordering process.

A company like Jumia in the supply chain sector, through e-commerce, connects vendors with consumers across a broad delivery area. As a result, local vendors and international brands can effectively reach more consumers across the country using the platform. In addition, consumers’ shifting preferences, lifestyles, and behaviours have led companies like Jumia to introduce quick commerce to make online shopping more convenient than ever before.

With speed and convenience becoming more important than ever, Jumia opened its logistics services to third parties. Its logistics network smoothly connects hundreds of logistics partners across Nigeria, from small business owners to significant logistics service providers. It offers merchants the advantage of a distributed and scalable logistics service and gives consumers quick access to the products they desire.

What Does the Future Hold for Logistics?

The Impact Of E-commerce On Supply Chain

Technology remains a strategic imperative for supply chain organisations. In the next three to five years, we will see an increase in the adoption of digital supply chain technologies, including those that improve human decision-making.

It is predicted that the future of the supply chain sector will be defined by data, analysed by artificial intelligence, and driven by machines. Gartner has predicted that by 2023, AI techniques will be embedded across 50% of all supply chain technology solutions.

Already, Jumia Logistics is leading the forefront, as the company has invested in machine learning and several data science techniques. This has helped to offer more precise delivery times based on multiple factors, and even to predict the ideal routes that delivery agents can rely on to meet their targets. Consequently, online consumers will have better experiences on the mobile app with greater certainty about the progress of their orders from purchase to delivery.

Furthermore, the company’s move into drone delivery with its recently announced collaboration with Zipline, the world’s largest instant delivery service, is another game changer for the industry. Using the latest instant logistics technology, Jumia will be able to offer consumers living in rural or remote areas on-demand delivery of the products they need.

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