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Bureau Of Standards Has Urged Manufacturers To Undergo Standardization On Products

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KEBS Chief Executive Officer Charles Musee

Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) wantmanufacturers’rs industries to go for the diamond mark which is a premium mark of quality products in the markets.

This was said during a meeting between Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of customer companies from the Coast Region and Kenya Bureau of Standards team.

The Regional Manager Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), Charles Musee said the Diamond mark is a premium mark which shows that a manufacturer entity has consistently confirmed the requirements and the processes which satisfy the award of that mark and the compliance of the standardisation mark.

Musee said the number of companies has been issued with the diamond mark adding that is a result of consistency and compliance to standards thus urging more manufacturers to consider applying for the same.

“This is really a milestone in trying to sell the diamond mark which is our mark of excellence and together with the standardization mark, we are urging our customers to go for this mark,” said Musee.

He underscored the need by the institution to inform its customers of the new services they are now offering to boost the need to have quality products and services.

KBS partners during breakfast breifing at Royal Court Hotel in Mombasa

“The theme of this meeting is “KEBS your partner in trade”. We wanted to tell the CEOs about the services we offer to the factories around and also the service industry. We have quality assurance services, metrology services, testing services and we also support certification services in terms of the quality management system and we also train the industry through our national quality institute,” he said.

He added that as KEBS they have now ensured that maize flour and the manufacturer of those entities have been implemented a process that ensures that the raw material before start processing they have to be tested first and ensure they don’t have aflatoxin.

Musee gives an example of KBS Lunga Lunga station in Kwale county that they have their laboratory at the border which ensures that any maize before allowed to the country is tested and is free from aflatoxin.

on the other hand, KEBS Director Metrology and Tasting Dr. Henry Rotich said the focus of the institution is strengthening the collaboration of stakeholders and improving the quality of products manufactured in the country specifically as they move towards the African continental free trade area.

“We have shared a number of initiatives KEBS is doing to make our country very competitive as a destination for investment and manufacturing. The focus is on improving our quality infrastructure so that there is acceptance of products as we export outside the country,” said Rotich.

The Director said the forum enabled them to engage and get feedback from the industry on how to collaborate to improve information sharing, efficiency especially on market surveillance.

According to him, the industry has a big outlet as they market their products thus agreeing to share the information with KEBS which can be useful in improving the policing of the market to ensure that there is a level playing ground for everybody.

“KEBS is now using the open door policy as an industry and manufacturer. You are welcome to share ideas, let’s reason together, and go ahead,” said Rotich.

“Today a number of companies have been issued by diamond mark and these are testimonies that in the coastal region,  the manufactures here are very keen in terms of quality, that is why they get renewal. We are urging all the industries to apply for diamond mark,” concluded Rotich.

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Sahara Foundation Promotes Clean Energy With Sahara Impact Fund

The Sahara Impact Fund will provide seed funding of $5,000 each for successful finalists, including incremental funding access based on impact, reach and sustainability matrices targeted at supporting young social entrepreneurs in Africa.

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Sahara Foundation, the corporate citizenship vehicle of energy and infrastructure conglomerate, Sahara Group, has launched the 2nd Cohort of the Sahara Impact Fund (SIF) and the Governance Unusual Program to support social innovators  creating solutions that increase access to clean energy and promote sustainable environments.

 The project reinforces Sahara Group’s commitment to bringing energy to life responsibly by connecting social innovators with opportunities that will enhance their contribution to eradicating energy poverty and enhancing environmental sustainability. The SIF is a strategic partnership involving Sahara Foundation, Ford Foundation, LEAP Africa and Impact Investors Foundation.

The Sahara Impact Fund will provide seed funding of $5,000 each for successful finalists, including incremental funding access based on impact, reach and sustainability matrices targeted at supporting young social entrepreneurs in Africa. In addition, the Fellows will have mentoring sessions with business leaders at Sahara Group and other private sector partners, to scale up clean energy and sustainable environment innovations.

The inaugural cohort of the SIF produced Fellows from Cameroon, Nigeria, Rwanda and Malawi who are spearheading transformative solutions through their businesses. According to Damilola Asaleye, Co- founder- Ashdam Solar “The learnings from the Sahara Impact Fund fellowship have become a daily guide for my organization to achieve our strategic plans of providing access to clean and affordable energy for all in Nigeria.”

“In addition to the seed capital, which was a great boost to my business, I have also built professional networks with like-minded passionate entrepreneurs from all over Africa,” said Ghislain Irakoze , Founder, Wastezon, Rwanda.

Pearl Uzokwe, Director, Sahara Foundation, said the Sahara Impact Fund and Governance Unusual program will reinforce ongoing conversations around increasing entrepreneurial capacity and inspiring a paradigm shift in governance through individual responsibility. “We are delighted to lead and join the quest of ensuring that no one is left behind when it comes to energy access and shore up expertise and capacity towards providing global solutions for environmental sustainability. We urge social innovators across Africa to apply to be part of this movement today,” she said.

Uzokwe said applications for the SIF are open from 9th May 2022 to 30th May 2022. “Full details of the application process are available across our social media platforms @iamsaharafdn and the Ujana Hub at www.ujanahub.com. Enquiries can also be sent to sahara.foundation@sahara-group.com,” she added.

The maiden edition in 2021 exposed the ten (10) social innovator fellows to blended capacity building sessions in the form of workshops, webinars, immersion sessions, facility tours, cohort meetings, mentoring sessions, one-on-one strategy & finance sessions and Fire chat sessions.

Since inception, Sahara Foundation has implemented various projects across its locations in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, impacting the lives of over 2,000,000 beneficiaries, with youth accounting for over 50% of the beneficiaries.

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Asharami Synergy Targets 30% Aviation Fuel Market Share To Enhance Economic Growth

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Asharami Synergy Limited, a Sahara Group Downstream Company, is investing in technology and innovative solutions to enhance its capacity to fuel seamless economic growth through operations in the aviation fuel market.

Asharami Synergy Limited, which is Nigeria’s first indigenous energy company to operate as an independent Aviation Fuel Marketer, controls about 25 percent market share in the industry, operating as the preferred aviation fuel market for local and international airlines.

Foluso Sobanjo, Head, Sahara Downstream Business, at a press briefing in Lagos, said investments in infrastructure, human capital transformation, quality, health,  safety, and environmental sustainability continues to drive service excellence in the organisation.

He said Asharami Synergy would leverage its technology driven supply chain efficiency across the Downstream value chain to deliver distinctive value and innovative solutions in the market. “We have been at the forefront of Oil and Gas enterprise in the West African region for over twenty years.”

In addition, “Asharami Synergy has a formidable presence in the sector, providing best-in-class fuel procurement and distribution solutions by utilizing innovative technology and improved efficiency across the downstream supply chain. Our quest for increased market share is borne out of our commitment to transforming the sector and spurring economic development,” Sobanjo said.

Asharami Synergy operates in four countries in the Africa and has a combined storage capacity of 81 million litres of Aviation fuel otherwise known as ATK.

The company has over 30 million litres storage capacity for ATK across various locations in Nigeria as well as a fleet of ultramodern bowsers spread across various locations, fueling the development and growth of the national and sub-regional economy by providing seamless access to safe and reliable ATK.

Sobanjo said “safety first and always” is the mantra that drives operations in Asharami Asharami Synergy, a development that has earned the company multiple International Standard Organisation certifications.

He said being a strategic partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) gives Asharami Synergy a global credibility that is driven by a statutory self-responsibility that propels its business operations in compliance with the highest global standards.

“Asharami Synergy has several ISO certifications; ISO 9001:2015 (Quality), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental) and ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety). This reinforces our commitment to bringing energy to life responsibly in all our operations. Our mantra is Safety First, Safety Always, ensuring that the health and safety of our employees and other stakeholders remains top priority in all business operations,” he added.

Asharami Synergy is a vertically integrated and foremost downstream company in the West African region with established and formidable presence in the sector, providing best-in-class fuel procurement and distribution solutions by utilizing innovative technology and improved efficiency across the downstream supply chain for over twenty years.

The company emerged from a consolidation of Sahara Group Downstream Companies with interest in procurement, storage, and distribution of white products across Nigeria.

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Video: Oppo Reno 7 Launch

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Did you miss the big launch? Here is Bahati the singer and his wife during the Monday virtual launch of the Oppo Reno 7 phone in Kenya.

The colourful launch gives  the phone a leverage in the market ahead of the rest.

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