BAT refutes claims that ‘Battle of minds’ Completion is meant to promote Tobacco  

BAT Kenya has refuted claims made in various media channels that the Battle of Minds student competition serves to advertise and promote its tobacco products. In a Statement released today by the spokesperson for BAT Kenya said: “Battle of Minds is the BAT Group’s global internship competition designed to offer graduates who are 18 years and above, an opportunity to gain real practical work experience. Our aim is to strengthen the company’s talent pool and develop the next generation of leaders. “Established to attract, celebrate and support the best and brightest…

Opinion: connectivity a bedrock for riding the fourth industrial revolution wave

By Adil Youssefi, CEO, Liquid Telecom, East Africa Region   While much is made of the potential of new technologies like cloud, IoT, AI and Blockchain, their success depends entirely upon ubiquitous connectivity.   There can be little doubt that the much-touted Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is underway, to the extent that this latest evolution could be described being less about the technology itself than how to use it to enable advancement.   The 4IR could be seen as being about the ‘rise of connectivity’, which will unlock new avenues for…

GAUGING THE ECONOMIC WAVES OF CORONAVIRUS ON KENYA

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the apex body of the private sector in Kenya, this morning resolved to engage all its members to begin to calculate the projected economic impact of Coronavirus in each sector. The collated input will inform the development of a rapid response mitigation plan to minimize the impact of the outbreak on the Kenyan market. It will also allow the private sector to measure the impact of the expected global slowdown of trade on Kenya. KEPSA is encouraged by Executive Order No 2 ofhttps://www.expresstoday.co.ke/?p=2932&preview=true 2020…

Customs self-regulation can transform our national revenues and benefit every consumer

By W. Wanda Problems that are hurting millions are rarely impossible to solve, with a case in point being Kenya’s severe issues in collecting customs duties correctly and clearing imports into the country through its ports in a timely and efficient manner. As it is, efforts have been made by multiple stakeholders to speed and make accurate our international trade. KenTrade has provided an information portal and its single window system as technology aides. The president has cleared more than 20 agencies from the ports with defined delineations of responsibilities for…

Davos was different this year

Richard Quest, Anchor, CNN It is fashionable to leave Davos and reflect, ‘was it worth the trek?’ This year I think it most certainly was. I noticed some big differences. Firstly, there are no urgent economic crises, waiting to be managed.  Economies are growing (slowly). Unemployment is low. Inflation is way below targets, and central banks have been systemically lowering interest rates (49 central banks have made 71 cuts in rates). The economic issues are technical and nuanced, such as the effect of negative rates increasing the risks in the…

OPINION: How long can our biggest killer be denied as a health issue?

Preventing the loss of lives to respiratory diseases is a goal within Kenya’s grasp. Yet it will require a shift in attention that is currently eluding us – at a huge cost in unnecessary deaths. The biggest killer of our babies and young children, today, is the smoke caused by cooking with firewood and charcoal inside the home. However, we are currently chasing goals to reduce childhood morbidity and mortality as if we genuinely did not have access to data showing what is killing our under-fives. The result is a…

ATECA Conference seeks to review skills mismatch, employees training landscape

Themed ‘Value and Accountability in Training Management and Human Resource Development Investments,’ the gathering is looking at placing a pulse on the current learning systems and technologies while championing for increased investment in modern training models that makes business sense to African organizations and their workforce. It will target corporate, academia, Not-for-Profit, government and International Development institutions. By Agencies  Even as technology continues to redefine business operations, growing competition among organizations to hire and retain top talent and worrying skills mismatch in the workplace, institutions have not put in place…

Mombasa an economic hub for East Africa

Mombasa is Kenya’s global gateway and plays an important role as the logistics and economic hub for East Africa. With its strategic location, the port and its infrastructure projects are attracting a lot of international investment. One infrastructure development is the Japanese-funded port road and bridge project. The first phase opened in June 2018, and truck driver Swaleh Salim talks about the improvements it has made, “It was very hard to get into the port. You would take up to 5, 6, 10 hours but now it’s just a quarter-hour…

The world is waking up to the power of dyslexia

By Robyn Curnow As a journalist, I love words. I care about what I write, think before I speak, read with delight and savour language. Part of that relationship with words comes from the fact that I respect them.  My profession, more than most, teaches the value and importance of words, and their power. But sometimes I fear words too. Each word I write or say is hard-fought and comes from deep within. I am dyslexic, which is a highly common learning disorder; an estimated 10 percent of school children…

Africa must step up to support its innovators

By Robyn Curnow I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard business leaders from outside Africa refer to the continent’s enormous potential.  It’s a cliché, as well as a source of frustration for many Africans.  Put simply, we’ve heard it for too long. We know Africa is a continent rich in resources, we understand the possibilities of untapped markets, we can see the enormous progress made in certain cities.  But overall, it is difficult to escape the notion that opportunities are being squandered. Africa is also a continent…