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Editor’s Note

April 2016



his issue of African Review looks forward to the business and networking opportunities at two key South African trade shows, AB7 and SAITEX, previewed on page 22. There follows an assessment of Africa’s integration into global value chains from page 24 to 28, with reports on banking technology and mobile financial services in West Africa on pages 30 to 34. Developments in transport and logistics are covered on pages 35 to 42, with environmental technology explored on pages 43 and 44, and energy sector prospects at Oil & Gas Africa on page 46. The power section begins on page 48 with an interview with Pétro Ivoire director-general Sebastien Kadio-Morokro, who discusses petrol and gas distribution in Côte d’Ivoire. Reports on technology and maintenance at utilities follow on pages 50 and 52. This issue then offers insights into renewable energy on pages 55-56. Articles appraising the design and use of diesel generators follow on pages 57 to 84, with the annual African Review Genset Buyers’ Guide on pages 66 to 83. Reports from the construction and mining sectors include a comparative assessment of Volvo’s L120Gz wheel loader on pages 88 and 89, an article on concrete for quarrying in East Africa on pages 90 and 91, and an extensive preview of bauma 2016, the world’s largest showcase of construction and mining machinery, from page 93 to 98.

Building business at bauma P32

Transforming Mobile Money Markets in Ghana




Guide “Our vision is to build regional networks in Francophone and Anglophone West Africa”

51 years




Sebastien Kadio-Morokro, D-G at Pétro Ivoire P48

Mezzanine floors to add warehouse capacity P42

Digital delivery of financial services P32

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Cover picture: ITB Tower, which is under construction in the Eko Atlantic development off Victoria Island, Lagos, on newly reclaimed land from the Atlantic Ocean. Inset, bottom left: Stephen Williams

Dr Andrew Croft, Editor


REGULARS 04 Agenda:

16 Bulletin:

Developments at all points of the compass

100 Solutions:

News flashes for African professionals

Equipment and services to source for industry

P42 FEATURES 22 Business, Finance and Technology Networking opportunities at AB7 and SAITEX; Africa’s integration into global production networks; product-centric banking; and transforming West Africa's financial services

35 Transport Reporting on the 4th Africa Airport Expansion Summit; Global NCAP’s plans for automotive safety; The next generation of maritime technology; collaborative robotics technology for logistics; awards for warehousing at LogiMAT; and how mezzanine flooring can ensure that a company can increase capacity cost-effectively


43 Environment and Energy Ghanaian wastewater management; pump monitoring technology to improve water distribution; and services and networking at Oil & Gas Africa

48 Power Pétro Ivoire director-general Sebastien Kadio-Morokro on petrol and gas distribution in Côte d’Ivoire; how big data can help reduce electricity consumption; rope access services for utility maintenance; equity players in sustainable power solutions; gas engines in Cameroon; renting temporary power solutions; the annual African Review Genset Buyers’ Guide; the growth in diesel generator markets; and power generation in West Africa

88 Construction and Mining Audit Bureau of Circulations Business Magazines

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