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Final Draw is coming: Hisense invites footballing legend Ruud Gullit to takeover their Social Channels

MOSCOW, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, is proud to announce that it is inviting footballing legend Ruud Gullit to take over their Twitter and Facebook during the Final Draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. As a proud sponsor, Hisense have created the unique opportunity as part of their global engagement activities for the tournament.

Final Draw is coming: Hisense invites footballing legend Ruud Gullit to take over their Social Channels

As one of the world-leading providers of televisions, Hisense will manage a live interaction between Ruud and fans across the world, as the groups and first fixtures for the participating 32 teams are announced in the Moscow Kremlin, on Friday 1st December at 3pm GMT. During the Final Draw, Ruud will be in a Hisense studio directly responding to fans’ tweets with personalized video replies and giving his unique take on the draw as it unfolds using the hashtag #RuudReacts.

Ruud Gullit, who captained the Netherlands national team and was a member of the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ squad said: “I’m so thrilled to be part of such a momentous occasion with a world class brand like Hisense. The World Cup can be an emotional tournament and this is when the rollercoaster begins! The Hisense team created a really fun way to interact with fans and tap into the storylines surrounding the Final Draw, and I’m excited to hear what they think about the results. I’m sure some will be celebrating, whilst others commiserating – but it’s all just the start of a wonderful journey!”

Zhu Dan, VP of Hisense International, added: “The Final Draw is an important milestone and marks the official start of the World Cup festivities with fans watching on TVs around the world. When the groups are revealed it’s always a nerve racking but also extremely exciting moment. As the Official Television of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, we’re delighted to bring Mr. Gullit on to be part of the event and help make the occasion extra special for the fans using our ULED TVs.”

“The event is also a special moment for our brand. As we continue to grow globally, we aim to use this sponsorship to deliver more experiences and provide additional value for our customers. We are honoured to be an official sponsor of the world’s most watched event in sports, and believe that the competition will vastly improve the international awareness and value of the Hisense brand.”

Hisense’s sponsorship with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is a significant sports marketing event sponsorship. As Hisense expands its business worldwide, sports marketing continues to play a very important role in introducing the Hisense brand to a global audience.

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Globeleq Increases Stake in South African Renewables

LONDON, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq, a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation projects in Africa, has increased its shareholding in the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, De Aar Solar and Droogfontein Solar power projects in South Africa, by acquiring Mainstream Renewable Power’s minority shareholdings in the three plants. Globeleq will fund the acquisition through a mix of internal funds and available credit facilities.

Globeleq - Powering Africa's Growth (PRNewsfoto/Globeleq)

This is a natural progression for Globeleq in South Africa and reinforces our ongoing commitment to powering Africa’s growth.”  Paul Hanrahan, Chief Executive Officer for Globeleq said: “Globeleq is one of the few IPPs on the continent who has the experience and capabilities to develop, manage and operate a range of generating technologies including gas and renewables, which are vital components in the future energy mix on the continent.” He continued: “As a strategic and long-term investor, Globeleq is also an ideal partner to other developers who may prefer to recycle capital and exit their projects.”

Through its subsidiary, Globeleq South Africa Management Services Ltd, the company has been operating the renewable plants since 2014 when they achieved commercial operation in Round 1 of the Government of South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Program. Mainstream Renewable Power was the initial developer and managed construction of the three plants.

In addition to management and operation of the power plants, Globeleq supports unique scholarship and internship programs to develop skills and contribute to the renewable energy industry on the African continent. During the first three years of operations, the projects have contributed more than R60 million (approx. US$4.17 million) to the targeted socio-economic and enterprise development programs, supporting over 90,000 households across 115 beneficiary programs.

About Globeleq
Globeleq is a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation projects in Africa.  Its experienced team of professionals have built a diverse portfolio of independent power plants, generating more than 1,200 MW across 8 projects in 5 countries. The company has around 2,000 MW of power projects in development and plans to add significant MW of new power generation during the next 10 years.

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Arctech Solar’s First African Project Successfully Constructed

SHANGHAI, Nov. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The 6MWp solar power plant in Namibia, built by the PowerChina Guizhou Engineering Company, was successfully constructed and is expected to be commissioned and grid connected by the end of this year. It was the first time that Arctech Solar supplied Arctracker Pro, with the world’s first invented redundancy design, to an African project, which marked the successful entry of Arctracker Pro into African PV market.

The First Application of Arctracker Pro in Africa (Arctech Solar)

The Republic of Namibia is facing an acute deficit of electric power. More than half of the nations electricity is imported. The local power company aims to achieve self-sufficiency in electricity by vigorously developing renewable energy. On the basis of the actual field landform and topography, Arctracker Pro was special designed and applied to this project, with its reliability of redundancy design and rotating ranging from -45 to 45 degrees, Arctech is expecting a significant project energy yield increase from this project. It is also the first solar tracker project in southern Namibia so far.

The president of Arctech Solar’s international business, Mr. Guy Rong said that with the implementation of the Belt and Road initiative, Arctech Solar is responsive to the beneficiary policy, and actively implemented the ‘going global’ strategy by assisting to promote the development of African Solar PV industry. Further to this, Mr. Guy Rong indicated: “This project in Namibia could be a good start for us to build a strong relationship with local partners in the solar PV industry. We expect the win-win cooperation with both foreign-funded enterprises and Chinese enterprises in Africa, and we hope our solar tracking and racking systems could bring extraordinary effects to the countries and regions, that are along the route of the Belt and Road. More importantly, we could help local power company to develop and make most use of solar energy.”

Arctech Solar, as one of the world’s leading manufacturers and solution providers for solar tracking and racking systems, will continually offer more efficient and economic products and solutions to our customers worldwide.

About Arctech Solar

Arctech Solar is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and solution providers of solar tracking and racking systems. Through 8 years of development, Arctech Solar has set up manufacturing bases in Kunshan and Changzhou in China and has also set up subsidiaries and service centers in many regional markets such as America, Japan, India and Europe. As of January 2017, Arctech Solar has cumulatively installed 10GW and completed almost 600 projects in more than 10 countries. With a production capacity of 6GW and 3GW in fixed mounting structure and tracker fields respectively (a total annual capacity of 9GW), Arctech Solar has grown into a reliable partner in the Global PV Tracking and Racking market.

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Alibaba Group et la CNUCED lancent l’initiative eFounders

Alibaba Business School et la CNUCED ont accueilli la classe inaugurale d’entrepreneurs africains en Chine pour un cours intensif de deux semaines sur le commerce électronique

HANGZHOU, Chine, 23 novembre 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Alibaba Business School et la Conférence des Nations unies sur le commerce et le développement (CNUCED) ont réuni 24 entrepreneurs basés en Afrique pour participer à la première initiative eFounders.

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

L’initiative eFounders est la première étape pour concrétiser l’engagement pris par Jack Ma en tant que conseiller spécial pour les jeunes entrepreneurs et les petites entreprises à la CNUCED visant à apporter de l’aide à 1 000 entrepreneurs de pays en voie de développement au cours des cinq prochaines années. Elle fait partie d’un ensemble de partenariats intelligents créés par la CNUCED pour atteindre les objectifs de développement durable. En réduisant la fracture numérique à laquelle sont confrontés les jeunes entrepreneurs dans les pays en voie de développement, l’initiative eFounders contribue à faire en sorte que personne ne soit laissé de côté par l’économie numérique, comme le préconise le Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030 des Nations unies. L’initiative eFounders est également conforme à la mission d’Alibaba visant à aider les petites entreprises à réussir sur leur marché local et au-delà en mettant à profit le pouvoir de la technologie.

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative« Aujourd’hui, nous devons faire preuve d’intelligence pour ne pas rater l’occasion que représente le commerce électronique, à la fois en tant que moteur de croissance et comme source d’inclusivité », a déclaré Mukhisa Kituyi, secrétaire général de la CNUCED. « Il existe des différences notables dans la manière dont les pays l’utilisent et dont ils en bénéficient. Ce contraste est particulièrement frappant en Afrique, où moins de cinq pour cent de la population fait des achats en ligne. »

Les deux douzaines de participants ont été sélectionnées parmi plus de 700 candidats à travers un processus de candidature rigoureux. Tous les participants sont des pionniers dans leur domaine respectif, qui va des services de paiement mobile au big data en passant par la vente au détail, la logistique, et bien d’autres. Dans le cadre du programme, ils se sont engagés à être des agents du changement dans leur pays d’origine. Une fois diplômés, tous s’efforceront d’appliquer les enseignements du programme et de transférer leur savoir-faire aux autres pour améliorer l’infrastructure du commerce en ligne dans leur pays.Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

Ces jeunes pionniers du commerce électronique sont venus de sept pays africains pour participer au programme au siège mondial d’Alibaba, à Hangzhou, et s’inspirer de l’expérience de la Chine pour construire un écosystème de commerce électronique. Le cours intensif de deux semaines a abordé le développement des capacités en matière de commerce électronique, de la gestion des stocks au commerce rural en passant par la logistique et les systèmes de paiement mobile, ainsi que la meilleure façon d’utiliser les données pour capturer les préférences des consommateurs. Les entrepreneurs ont également eu l’occasion d’assister au festival du shopping du 11/11, ainsi qu’à une réunion privée avec le fondateur et président exécutif d’Alibaba, Jack Ma.

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative« À l’avenir, nous ne pourrons pas nous contenter du G20 et du B20 pour créer le développement inclusif dont le monde a besoin », a déclaré Jack Ma. « Nous avons besoin d’un G200 et d’un B200 », a-t-il ajouté, appelant à un engagement actif auprès des étudiants, des responsables gouvernementaux et des entrepreneurs des pays et des marchés de plus petite taille. Alibaba Group a pour objectif de servir 20 millions de consommateurs et de créer 100 millions d’emplois et 10 millions de PME rentables. Le B200 est un élément clé pour réaliser cet objectif. L’initiative eFounders est la première incarnation concrète de la promesse d’un B200.

L’une des participantes du Kenya, l’entrepreneuse de 29 ans Catherine Mahugu, a déclaré : « C’est la première fois que je vois ce que signifie le concept d’inclusion numérique. »

Damilare Ogunleye, entrepreneur nigérien de 31 ans, a ajouté : « Lorsque je reviendrai dans mon pays, je m’efforcerai d’enseigner à toutes les personnes impliquées dans mon secteur d’activité comment tirer profit de la technologie pour mieux capturer et analyser les données. »

« Cette initiative vise à autonomiser les entrepreneurs africains », a déclaré Brian A. Wong, vice-président d’Alibaba Group et responsable du programme Global Initiatives. « Nous croyons que ces entrepreneurs participants joueront un rôle très important dans la création d’une nouvelle économie dans leur pays. Nous souhaitons qu’ils deviennent les Jack Ma de leurs pays respectifs. »

Pour de plus amples informations, consultez :
Alizila : Entrepreneurs Chart New Course for African E-Commerce with Help from Jack Ma

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CNUCED : Faster, better and together: the road to inclusive e-commerce in Africa

Vidéo de Jack Ma et de la réunion de la CNUCED avec les jeunes Africains

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

Alibaba Business School and UNCTAD welcomed inaugural class of African entrepreneurs to China for two-week intensive course on e-commerce

HANGZHOU, China, Nov. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Alibaba Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) brought together 24 Africa-based entrepreneurs to participate in the inaugural eFounders Initiative.

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

The eFounders Initiative is the first step to fulfill the commitment Jack Ma made as the UNCTAD Special Adviser for Young Entrepreneurs and Small Business to help empower 1,000 entrepreneurs in developing countries over the next five years. It is part of a set of smart partnerships UNCTAD is creating to reach the sustainable development goals. By bridging the digital divide facing young entrepreneurs in developing countries, the eFounders initiative helps make sure no one is left behind by the digital economy, as called for by the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.  The eFounders Initiative is also in line with Alibaba’s mission to help small businesses succeed in their home markets and beyond by leveraging the power of technology.

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative“Today, we have to be smart to make sure we do not miss the opportunity e-commerce represents, both as an engine of growth and as a source of inclusiveness,” says Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD. “There are sharp differences on how countries use it and benefit from it. This contrast is nowhere more evident than in Africa, where less than five percent of the population shops online.”

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

The two dozen participants were selected from more than 700 applicants via a rigorous application process. All participants are current pioneers in their respective fields, varying from mobile payment, big data, retail, logistics, and others. As a part of the program, they have pledged to be agents of change in their home countries. After graduating, each of them will commit to applying the program’s learnings to their own business objectives and to transferring their know-how to others to improve the e-commerce infrastructure of their country.

The young e-commerce pioneers travelled from seven African countries to attend the program at Alibaba’s global headquarters in Hangzhou and learn from China’s experience in building an e-commerce ecosystem. The two-week intensive course included capacity-building in e-commerce, from inventory management and rural commerce to logistics and mobile payment systems, as well as how to use data to best capture consumer preferences. The entrepreneurs also had the opportunity to experience this year’s annual 11.11 Global Shopping Festival and attend a private meeting with Alibaba founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma.

“In the future, we will need more than the G20 and the B20 to create the kind of inclusive development the world needs,” said Jack Ma. “We need the G200 and B200,” he said, calling for active engagement with students, government officials, and entrepreneurs from smaller countries and markets. Alibaba Group has a goal of serving 20 million consumers, creating 100 million jobs and enabling 10 million profitable SMEs. The B200 is a key piece of achieving that goal.  The eFounders Initiative is the first tangible incarnation of the B200 promise.

One of the participants from Kenya, 29-year-old entrepreneur Catherine Mahugu said, “It is the first time that I see what digital inclusion means.”

31-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur Damilare Ogunleye, added, “When I go back to my home country, my focus will be educating all those involved in the business on how to leverage technology to better capture and analyze the data.”

“The goal of the initiative is to empower African entrepreneurs,” said Brian A. Wong, vice president of Alibaba Group who heads the Global Initiatives program. “We believe these participating entrepreneurs will play a very important role in the future creation of the New Economy in their country. We want them to become the Jack Mas of their countries.”

For more information visit:
Alizila: Entrepreneurs Chart New Course for African E-Commerce with Help from Jack Ma

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UNCTAD: Faster, better and together: the road to inclusive e-commerce in Africa

Video of Jack Ma and UNCTAD Meeting with Youth in Africa


Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

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