most from the papers this week
Strathmore to train entrepreneurs: Strathmore University has launched an Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC) to train entrepreneurs in management of SME's. This will be done through a six month certificate program in entreprenual management that covers, among other aspects, taxation & law, financial recordkeeping, managing HR, business planning, risk management, diversification, capital budgeting and excellence in customer service. It will use locally developed case studies and also provide networking opportunities and access to service providers through a business club.
ARM split: Athi River Mining intends to spin off its cement, and mineral & chemical operations into two wholly owned subsidiaries;
- ARM Cement Limited – who will continue with the manufacture and sell cement and limestone – (the new Kaloleini factory will be transferred to the subsidiary)
- ARM Minerals & Chemicals Limited – who will produce minerals and sodium silicate building products – (the Athi River factory will be transferred to the subsidiary)
Invest in Uchumi: Gearing up for a revival is Uchumi Supermarkets whose Receiver Manager has places an international tender for financial firms who will assist in the for (i) pre-qualification of financial bidders and (ii) selection of winning bids to become strategic equity partners (new investors in Uchumi). D/L is 6/6
Milky at NSE?: Preparing for a possible listing at the Nairobi Stock Exchange is New KCC who published their financial accounts this week for the year ended June 2007, which showed that they had exceeded the performance over the previous 18 month period; New KCC had assets of 4.7 billion shillings (up from 4.0b in 18 months to 06/2006), turnover of 4.5 billion (compared to 4.9b) and a pre-tax profit of 284 million (compared to 350 m) – after paying over 2 billion shillings to dairy farmers. Meanwhile Sameer is making dairy waves in Uganda
Derailment?: Rift Valley Railways in trouble with the Governments of Kenya and Uganda over the performance of the railway concession. Last year it appeared they had turned the corner in terms of performance.
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