africon organizes the Ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate delegation trip to Rwanda

Hon Daniela Schmitt, the State Minister for Economics, Transport, Agriculture, and Viticulture in Rhineland-Palatinate & Marc Zander (Founder & CEO africon)

The Ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, has once again entrusted africon with the responsibility of organizing a significant business delegation trip, with Rwanda as the chosen destination. The ministry and Rwanda have maintained a strong partnership since 1982.

The delegation comprised key figures, including Hon. Daniela Schmitt, the State Minister for Economics, Transport, Agriculture, and Viticulture in Rhineland-Palatinate, and representatives from companies and institutions. Some of these were SSG Schaaf Steel GmbH, tfSemanticServices GmbH, Trier University of Applied Sciences, GOV GmbH + Co. KG, WBS TRAINING AG, TUBE-TEC Rohrverformungstechnik GmbH, Energieagentur Mittelrhein and Handwerkskammer Koblenz.

During this insightful business trip, the africon team offered invaluable counsel to Hon. Daniela Schmitt on economic matters. We delved into best-case strategies for German and international companies operating in Rwanda and facilitated constructive dialogues with local enterprises and governmental ministries.

The delegation at Karongi Tea Factory farms

This delegation trip focused on skilled immigration and digital agriculture. Together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Rwanda, Hon. Schmitt signed two letters of intention for cooperation in agriculture and professional training. In agriculture, tea cultivation plays an important role in Rwanda. The delegation had the privilege of visiting the Karongi Tea Factory, affording them a firsthand look at the intricate processes involved in tea planting, harvesting, and processing. Agriculture, at its core, embodies the harmonious balance of economic prosperity and ecological sustainability. In alignment with Rwanda’s vision, this cooperation also embraced digital farming practices that unite economic success with responsible resource management.

Karongi Tea Factory

africon’s Founder & CEO, Marc Zander and Senior Consultant, Aneth Herman, pick tea

Furthermore, the ministries recognized the pivotal role of vocational training and language proficiency. In partnership with robust entities, including chambers, associations, and esteemed companies, the Ministry of Rheinland Palatinate offers young Rwandans the invaluable opportunity to undergo training in Germany, equipping them with essential skills and hands-on experience.

The delegation’s itinerary featured visits to various companies, fostering a fruitful exchange of insights and collaborative opportunities. These interactions have proven to be mutually beneficial, paving the way for cooperation and knowledge exchange among the participants.

Our team is delighted to play a pivotal role in fostering mutually beneficial economic ties, knowledge exchange, and sustainable development between Rhineland-Palatinate and Rwanda.

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Slide of the month (SOTM) September. Why is Morocco emerging as a key economic player in Africa?

In collaboration with our client, a key player in the plastics sector, our recent project delved into Morocco. The objective was to equip them with a profound understanding, enabling strategic decisions and successful operations in the country.

Our research began with a look at Morocco’s economic landscape, shaping the context for our client’s market entry strategy. Morocco, a substantial African economy, boasts a GDP exceeding $134 billion, placing it as a lower-middle-income country with a GDP per capita surpassing $3,500. Despite global challenges in 2020, Morocco’s GDP growth over the last decade reflects resilience, establishing it as a stable and favourable business destination. Currency dynamics revealed fluctuations in the Moroccan Dirham (MAD), but the current trend shows appreciation against the USD, fostering investor and business confidence.

Morocco’s strategic memberships in regional and global unions, including the Arab Maghreb Union, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, Pan-Arab Free Trade Area, and the Arab-Mediterranean Free Trade Area, contribute to its appeal for international business. Looking ahead, projections from CNN Business indicate Morocco’s ascent as the 6th largest economy in Africa by 2030, with a projected GDP of approximately $184 billion.

We gave strategic recommendations to our client, ensuring they are well-positioned to capitalize on the evolving opportunities within Morocco’s plastics market.
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Read previous SOTMs (Slides of the month) here

Slide of the month (SOTM) August. Who are the key players in Africa’s blown film extrusion machine market?

Slide of the month (SOTM) July. What opportunities exist in the edible oil industry in Kenya?

Slide of the month (SOTM) June. Europe holds a significant market share of spark plug imports to the top African countries

Slide of the month (SOTM) May. The size of Africa’s travel retail market

Slide of the month (SOTM) April. More than 37bn € investment in upcoming rail infrastructure projects poised to transform Africa’s transportation network


David Osore joins africon as a Junior Consultant

We are excited to announce the latest addition to our team. David Osore joins our Kenya office as a Junior Consultant.

Kenya, often called the “Gateway to East Africa,” is a country that has great economic potential. The nation’s economy has steadily grown, making significant strides in various sectors, such as agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and technology. Nairobi, its capital city, has emerged as a regional hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, earning the nickname “Silicon Savannah” due to its thriving tech ecosystem. Kenya’s strategic location and well-developed infrastructure have attracted multinational companies and fostered a conducive environment for businesses to flourish.

This has motivated africon to add another team member to the Nairobi office. As a Junior Consultant, David Osore’s role will be crucial in navigating this dynamic business landscape. His expertise in analysing market trends, identifying growth opportunities, and understanding consumer behaviours will be a great addition to the team. David is a seasoned digital native passionate about technology and the constant innovation that shapes our world. He is enthusiastic about Africa and is keen on the opportunities that the continent has to offer. With over 5 years of experience building businesses in Africa through sustainable business development, he has had the chance to work with various firms in industries such as technology, automotive, airlines, product stores, and manufacturing.

David holds a master’s degree in commerce from Strathmore University, specialising in Strategic Management. He focused on sustainable business growth and scaling based on available and untapped opportunities.

“I am very excited to be part of the africon talented team. I look forward to exploring more about Africa’s potential in different sectors and positioning the continent as a favourable market for global firms”, David notes.

We are delighted to have David Osore as part of the africon team, and we look forward to witnessing his contributions to our mission of bridging potentials.