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It's Africa's Time

 Standard Chartered Bank's dedicated SME development platform

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Standard Chartered Bank's dedicated SME development platform

Travelling to the foothills of the magnificent Mount Kenya, its Africa's time meets Major Mwiti on his farm, Sunland Roses, a business which has been enabled to grow by Standard Chartered Bank's dedicated SME development platform. We also speak with some of the people in their employ who have benefited enormously from this remarkable initiative. "As a business, we understand the need to invest in technological advancements as well as take care of our people, each of whom are valuable in our long term success", says the Major. "We are proud to share Kenya's natural beauty and skills with people all over the world."

 E.Africa's powerhouse manufacturer of some of the most well-known household brands

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E.Africa's powerhouse manufacturer of some of the most well-known household brands

Tracking a business journey from soil to pan, it's Africa's time visits Bidco, the powerhouse manufacturer of some of the most well-known household brands in East Africa. For Bidco, effective agriculture in Kenya is about building sustainable partnerships. In one of the Bidco factories there is a sign on the factory floor with the words: "Alone we are weak, together we are strong". It's Africa's time looks at how this ethos permeates the billion dollar family owned business, and meets the employees, out-grower suppliers and distributors who benefit from this inclusive and sustainable approach.

 Kickstart irrigation pumps set to alleviate poverty in Kenya

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Kickstart irrigation pumps set to alleviate poverty in Kenya

It's Africa's Time travels to Kenya to meet inventor Dr Martin Fisher, who through his not-for-profit organisation, Kickstart International, has created a line of human powered irrigation pumps that allow water to be drawn out of a shallow source and be pumped to the fields, helping poor rural farmers move from rain-fed agriculture to irrigation, all year long. Through their partnership with Citi and a subsequent line of credit, Kickstart International's irrigation pumps have progressed from an inspired idea on paper to a highly effective intervention that have to date, lifted 170 000 families out of poverty.

 Africado gears at addressing skills shortage in Africa

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Africado gears at addressing skills shortage in Africa

It's Africa's time travel to the foothills of Tanzania's West Kilimanjaro to discover how the strategic placement of skilled experts supports the growth of SMME's. Africado, an avocado farm, approached the African Management Services Company (AMSCO) whose African Training and Management Services Project helps place key personnel across Sub Saharan Africa, when local experts cannot be found. The project, an affiliate of the UNDP, helps ensure succession and is geared at addressing the skills shortage gap on the continent.

 Tracking Liberia's port Monrovia project

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Tracking Liberia's port Monrovia project

For 14 years until 2003 Liberia was gripped by a shockingly violent civil war. Infrastructure collapsed, thousands died and the country all but came to a standstill. The gateway to the Liberian economy Monrovia's Port, once the pride of the region, was destroyed. Then in 2010, a 25 year concession was struck and APM Terminals took over operating and developing the port's terminal. USD $120 million has since been invested in terminal infrastructure, with more to come, and trade through the port has increased by 30% in just 2 years. Its Africa's Time went to investigate this public-private partnership; track its impact on the country; and meet the people and SMME's whose lives are being transformed because of it.

 Coca-Cola empowers women entrepreneurs in Nigeria

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Coca-Cola empowers women entrepreneurs in Nigeria

In Lagos and Abuja, "its Africa's time" learns about the 5by20 initiative, Coca-Cola's global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the company's value chain by 2020. "It's Africa's time" meets with some of the remarkable women who have excelled under the guidance of the 5by20 training and support and learn how their growing business have enabled them to build betters lives for their families. We also visit the Eagle Square food court and talk to the role players of the Micro Distribution Centre about the successful women entrepreneurs who form part of this initiative.

 Dangote group contributes to Nigeria's growth & skills development

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Dangote group contributes to Nigeria's growth & skills development

"It's Africa's time" visits Lagos where Dangote Group, the country's biggest listed company is consolidating their contribution to the nations growth and development through an extensive focus on sound business practices and a commitment to the upliftment of Nigerian society. We visit the Dangote training academy where participants are up skilled both for absorption into the company and as a resource to local industry. We also learn about the group's innovative partnership with the Bank of Industry to bring low-interest loans to entrepreneurs facilitating job creation and economic development, as well as small grants which focus particularly on empowerment of local women.

 Rezidor's commitment to job creation in Ethiopia and South Africa

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Rezidor's commitment to job creation in Ethiopia and South Africa

www.abndigital.com It's Africa'Time" travels to Ethiopia and South Africa to learn about the Responsible Business initiatives of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which include providing jobs and training for vulnerable youth, as well as an extensive employee driven commitment to greener hotels. We learn about Carlson Rezidor's commitment to job creation in their hotels through various employment programmes for vulnerable youth such as the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) in Ethiopia and CATHSSETA in Cape Town. In addition to the Think People and Think Together pillars of the Responsible Business programme at Carlson Rezidor, we also learn about Think Planet and the group's commitment to save 25% of its energy consumption in just 5 years.

 Lozane farms bringing sustainable livelihoods in Mozambique

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Lozane farms bringing sustainable livelihoods in Mozambique

www.abndigital.com In Northern Mozambique we visit Lozane Farms, a local seed supplier working together with government and USAID to drive sustainable livelihoods, food security and environmentally responsible farming practice in the region. As a beneficiary of the ProSavanna Development programme, Lozane Farms is working with approximately 425 small scale farmers in the district. Their main objective is to be a supplier of quality seed across the country and to help farmers increase their land and yield, impacting positively on livelihoods and food security in rural areas. Lozane Farms also assists the farmers with training and technical assistance and then buys the produce back from the farmers to sell to market.

 Adcock Ingram's Owner Driver Scheme in South Africa

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Adcock Ingram's Owner Driver Scheme in South Africa

www.abndigital.com We visit Midrand in South Africa's Gauteng province to meet with Meshack Matswi, beneficiary of Adcock Ingram's notable enterprise development Owner-Driver Scheme.The Owner-Driver Scheme is designed to give people an opportunity to own their own enterprises as part of the Company's distribution chain. The successful candidates are selected from a rigorous interview process and receive assistance to finance the vehicle/s which they will own. The Owner-Driver Scheme also provides drivers with training in various standard operating procedures, new logistical technologies and other business management skills to ensure that they receive the best chance at success with their business.

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